St Mary Magdalene, equal to the apostles

July 22, 2020 0 Comments

The holy myrrhbearer and equal of the apostles, Mary Magdalene is commemorated today. There are several Marys mentioned in the New Testament. The surname Magdalene distinguishes this Mary as the one from the town of Magdala. Luke’s gospel mentions that Jesus relieved her of seven devils, which could have simply been some kind of physical …

The Holy Prophet Elijah (Elias)

July 20, 2020 0 Comments

Today we recall the memory of the Holy Prophet Elijah. Remember to get your car blessed today through the intercession of St Elijah! An angel in the flesh and the cornerstone of the prophets, the second forerunner of the coming of Christ, Glorious Elijah sent grace from on high to Elisha, to dispel diseases and …

St Macrina

July 19, 2020 0 Comments

Today we celebrate St Macrina the Righteous. Macrina was born into a wealthy aristocratic family to parents Sts. Basil and Emmelia, as the oldest of ten children. She was named after her grandmother, St. Macrina the Elder, who was martyred for the faith. When her father died, St. Macrina became the head of the household, …

Byzantine Catholic Wedding

July 11, 2020 0 Comments

Many people, even those raised in the Byzantine Church, are confused about the Wedding rites. Here is a primer for the wedding rites for those unfamiliar with the Byzantine Catholic Church’s theology and practice. There will be slight differences among the various Byzantine Churches. This primer speaks to the Ruthenian experience. The presentation is beautifully …

Postponing ordination

July 10, 2020 0 Comments

July 10, 2020 My sisters and brothers in Christ: I regret to inform you that, after consultation with Bishop Nicholas, it has been determined that Deacon Georges’ scheduled ordination on July 25th to the Holy Priesthood will be postponed. This is because of the threat of COVID 19 to the large number of people who …

The Jesus Prayer

July 8, 2020 0 Comments

Invoking the Holy Name is an ancient tradition of people of faith. Christians have had the practice of praying using the Holy Name of Jesus. The history is quite rich and beautiful. We are taught to pray: “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” There are some versions that end …

Happy 4th of July

July 4, 2020 0 Comments

God bless the United States of America