Sunday of St Mary of Egypt

March 18, 2021 0 Comments

This coming Sunday of the Great Fast/Lent, is dedicated to St. Mary of Egypt. She is a rather striking figure among the saints who shows us that sin is not the way of life God’s wants for us, neither is sin the final word nor the thing that defines our character. Mary makes her conversion …

Experiencing Deification in Lent

March 18, 2021 0 Comments

The Sheptytsky Institute in Toronto does some marvelous things to push back the boundaries of ignorance. Recently, the Institute hosted a conversation entitled, “The Experience of Deification in the Lenten Liturgies” with Fr. Khaled Anatolios, University of Notre Dame and the Institute’s executive director, Fr. Alexander Laschuk. Eastern Christians typically speak of salvation as deification. …

Sunday of Our Father John Climacus

March 11, 2021 0 Comments

The fourth Sunday of Great Lent is dedicated to our Father among the saints, John Climacus (ca. 579 – 649). With this commemoration we mark the the halfway point of the Great Lent. How is the Fast and prayer and works of charity going for you? honor our Holy Father St. John Climacus, also known …

Sunday of the Holy Cross

March 7, 2021 0 Comments

Fr. Alexander Schmemann provides this wonderful reflection for the Third Sunday of the Great Fast: The Veneration of the Cross At the Vigil on that day, after the Great Doxology, the Cross is brought in a solemn procession to the center of the church and remains there for the entire week – with a special …

Resources for the Sunday of the Holy Sunday

March 4, 2021 0 Comments

When, then, you make the sign of the cross on the forehead, arm yourself with a saintly boldness, and reinstall your soul in its old liberty; for you are not ignorant that the cross is a prize beyond all price. Consider what is the price given for your ransom, and you will never more be …

The Reality of the Flood

March 4, 2021 0 Comments

Did the flood happen? As described in the book of Genesis, in its details it is impossible. All the species of the world could not be contained in one boat the size of the ark, nor indeed, the food needed for them to survive over a hundred days (the time of the flood and its …

Prayer for Iconographers

February 21, 2021 0 Comments

As we especially remember sacred icons on the first Sunday of Great Lent, let us say a prayer of gratitude for those in this holy work. Pray for them that they will use their talents to make icons as vehicles for prayer, grace and instruction for generations to come. The First Sunday of Great Lent …