Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on The Jesus Prayer

April 7, 2021 0 Comments

The Jesus Prayer Of all the lectures either in person or recorded offered by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, this interview is gold. Sharing it with our parish. Spotlight Quote: “What do we mean by ‘silence’? It can be thought of negatively: just a pause between words, an absence of noise. And in that case, it is …

Bishop Nicholas’ 2021 Paschal Letter

April 4, 2021 0 Comments

Pascha 2021 Dear Clergy and Laity across America, CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS TRULY RISEN! On the day of the Resurrection of Christ two disciples were returning to their village Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were distraught and saddened, even thinking that Jesus’ body was stolen from the tomb. As they walked and …

The Harrowing of Hell, a poem

April 3, 2021 0 Comments

“The Harrowing of Hell” by Scottish poet George Mackay Brown, a perfect beginning meditation for Holy Saturday. He went down the first step. His lantern shone like the morning star. Down and round he went Clothed in his five wounds. Solomon whose coat was like daffodils Came out of the shadows. He kissed Wisdom there, …

Good Friday

April 2, 2021 0 Comments

Good Friday “Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit. And behold, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised. And coming forth from …

Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai speaks

March 31, 2021 0 Comments

On March 27, 2021, there was a virtual meeting with His Eminence and Beatitude Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai, Maronite Patriarch. Patriarch Rai, 81, was elected by the Maronite Synod of Bishops on 5 March 2011. Pope Benedict XVI nominated him to the College of Cardinals in 2012. The Patriarch speaks in Arabic and is translated …

Holy Week Schedule 2021

March 29, 2021 0 Comments

Great Lent—Holy Week Schedule: Monday, March 29: Bridegroom Service at 5:30 pm Tuesday, March 30: Anointing Service at 5:30 pm Wednesday, March 31, Last Supper Service at 5:30 pm Thursday, April 1: Passion Gospels at 5:30 pm Friday, April 2: Descent from the Cross at 12 noon Friday, April 2: Funeral Service of Christ (Epitaphios …

Watching for the Bridegroom?

March 29, 2021 0 Comments

Behold, the Bridegroom comes at midnight, and blessed is the servant whom He shall find watching; and again, unworthy is the servant whom He shall find heedless. Beware, therefore, O my soul, do not be weighed down with sleep, lest you be given up to death and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom…