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

Benedict XVI is at rest

January 5, 2023 0 Comments

“The foundation of the world is love.” – Pope Benedict XVI   The coffin of the late Pope Benedict XVI is placed in its final resting place in the grottos of St. Peter’s Basilica. The cypress coffin is placed inside a zinc coffin which is placed inside an oak coffin and then buried. Eternal memory. …