Lifting the Veil: A Mystical Understanding of the Divine Liturgy

January 11, 2023 0 Comments

The Divine Liturgy makes present the events of salvation history and allows us to participate in the worship of God along with the whole cosmos. In this series, guided by Scripture and saints such as Maximos the Confessor and Symeon of Thessaloniki, we will explore the Church’s mystical interpretation of the Divine Liturgy and how …

What is prayer?

January 11, 2023 0 Comments

Saint Theophan the Recluse, who was among the saints we commemorated today, explains what true prayer is: “… not every act of prayer is prayer. Standing at home before your icons, or here in church, and venerating them is not yet prayer, but the ‘equipment’ of prayer. Reading prayers either by heart or from a …

St Theodosius

January 11, 2023 0 Comments

Today we liturgically recall the venerable father, Theodosius, called a leader of the common life. He was born in 423. It is also the sixth day of the Theophany feast. At the end of the 5th century, this father founded a cenobium near Bethlehem. By his day many had come from as far away as …

The Holy Name of Jesus

January 9, 2023 0 Comments

The Name of Jesus Christ for the believer is like a high fortress-wall. It is not easy for the enemy to cheat his way through the heavy iron gates if our attention is not distracted by outside concerns. The Jesus Prayer gives the soul the strength to resist harmful influences from outside. It does even …

Sunday after Theophany

January 8, 2023 0 Comments

Oh things strange beyond compare! How should the boundless River that makes glad the city of God have been dipped in a little water? The illimitable Spring that bears life to all, and has no end, was covered by poor and temporary waters! He who is present everywhere, and absent nowhere, who is incomprehensible to …

Holy Theophany

January 6, 2023 0 Comments

“Therefore, welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Romans 15:7) Tonight, the Divine Liturgy and the Great Blessing of Water will happen at 5:30 p.m. The newly blessed water will be available to for use at home. Take and use! The Catholic Church –the Byzantine Catholic and Orthodox Churches– …

Theophany –showing us someone and something new

January 6, 2023 0 Comments

Theophany – Showing the World to be the World