May 3, 2023 0 Comments

The feast of Mid-Pentecost comes on the twenty-fifth day of the Pentecostarion, the fifty day period from Pascha, the Day of Resurrection to Pentecost, the Day of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, a Theophany of the Trinity. This liturgical period is more ancient than the forty day Fast before Pascha. Mid-Pentecost, however, is more …

St Athanasius and the Mother of God

May 2, 2023 0 Comments

Today, St Athanasius, bishop and saint of the 3rd century was highly influential helping the Church to navigate the many trials of the times, theological and social. St Athanasius, recognized as a Doctor of the Church, composed the following prayer to the Virgin Mary, the Holy Theotokos. It is becoming for you, O Mary, to …

Apostolic Christianity: Regaining a Catholic Vision of the Church

April 29, 2023 0 Comments

As Eastern Christians living in a predominately Western Christian society, we often find ourselves defending what it means to worship differently from the Latin Catholic Church. We may also have to field questions about the church that we attend or the religious practices we engage in. Sharing the unique gift of our Eastern Christian faith …

St Mark, apostle and evangelist

April 25, 2023 0 Comments

Today, April 25, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark. We especially venerate him because he is the traditional writer of the second Gospel. Historians and scripture scholars will, of course, discuss these traditions at great length, but we ask: what does our standard image of Mark tell us about faith? …

New Chancellor appointed for Eparchy

April 23, 2023 0 Comments

Bishop Fran├žois appointed a new Chancellor for the Eparchy of Newton: Father Thomas Moses is the new Chancellor of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton and Assistant Pastor at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Boston, Massachusetts. Last day at St. Basil’s, Utica, NY, is May 7th, 2023. Father James Koury ( Fr. …

St George

April 23, 2023 0 Comments

You fought the good fight with faith, O George, martyr of Christ. You exposed the perversion of the persecutors and offered an acceptable sacrifice to God. Therefore, you also received a crown of victory and through your prayers, O holy one, obtained the forgiveness of sins for all. (Troparion)