St Nicholas coming to the parish

December 1, 2020 0 Comments

St Nicholas coming to the parish on December 6th. For the youth, “Why gold coins and not silver?” St Nicholas’ story tells of helping the father with his daughter’s dowries and he is known for having inherited great riches so gold coins show he gave great riches away. Get your shoes ready and ask St. …

The Holy First-called Apostle Andrew

November 30, 2020 0 Comments

The feast of St. Andrew is the beginning of a new relationship of God with his people. He is the first-called, the first follower of Christ particularly as Rabbi, as Messiah and Savior. What does it mean to be Christian? It means to follow Christ without hesitation and without selfishness. This feast is truly a …

The Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew

November 16, 2020 0 Comments

At the beginning of the Fast before Christmas, we celebrate the feast of St. Matthew, who wrote one of the Gospels of the birth of our Lord. (St. Luke is the other.) St. Matthew’s purpose was to show how the prophecies of the Covenant were fulfilled in Jesus. Therefore, he is the son of Abraham …

St John Chrysostom

November 13, 2020 0 Comments

This is why God has allowed you to have more: not for you to waste on prostitutes, drink, fancy food, expensive clothes, and all other kinds of indolence, but for you to distribute to those in need. +St John Chrysostom, whose memory we celebrate today

The holy prophet, Baruch

September 28, 2020 0 Comments

The holy prophet, Baruch is recalled liturgically today. The holy prophet is simply honored with a troparion: “Today, we honor your prophet, Baruch, O Lord: By his prayers, save our souls.” Baruch was a companion of Jeremiah. He most likely also served as his scribe. His own book was written while in exile in Babylon. …

St Phoebe, the deaconess

September 3, 2020 0 Comments

Today, we liturgically recall the memory of our venerable mother, Phoebe, the deaconess. “You put aside all the cares of this world that you might dedicate yourself to the service of others, thus revealing yourself as a true disciple of Christ. Holy mother Phoebe, beg him to save our souls” (Troparion). “Note how many ways …

Saint Mariam of Jesus Crucified, Melkite and Carmelite

August 26, 2020 0 Comments

Today, the Church with the Carmelites honor a recent saint, Mariam of Jesus Crucified (Baouardy), affectionately known as “The Little Arab” (1846-78). Saint Mariam was born in Nazareth. She was a Melkite, missionary & contemplative nun, establishing Carmels in India and Bethlehem, and was graced with extraordinary mystical experiences. As a Discalced Carmelite nun she …