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 …

A Prayer for the Nativity Fast

November 16, 2020 0 Comments

Lord Jesus, You have come so many times to us and found no resting place; forgive us for our overcrowded lives, our vain haste, and our preoccupation with self. Come again, O Lord, and though our hearts are a jumble of voices and our minds overlaid with many fears, find a place however humble, where …

The Nativity Fast

November 15, 2020 0 Comments

Today we begin a 40 day journey to the adore Our Savior in the Bethlehem cave. However, some Melkites will take up the option of beginning the Nativity Fast on December 10. The Church always presents us with the fullness of the Tradition, and exhorts us to conform our lives to it, to the best …

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. …

Ordination to priesthood of Deacon Georges Haddad

September 18, 2020 0 Comments

On Saturday, September 19, Bishop Nicholas will ordain to the Holy Priesthood Deacon Georges Haddad. Let us pray for Deacon Georges as he takes up a new mission in God’s Kingdom. AXIOS. You are invited to a 11:00 a.m. (U.S. Eastern Time) Zoom webinar of the Priesthood Ordination of Deacon Georges Haddad Please click the link …

Exaltation of the Holy and Life-giving Cross of our Lord

September 14, 2020 0 Comments

The Universal Exaltation of the Holy and Life-giving Cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Jerusalem Troparion reads: In paradise, the tree stripped us bare: For, by giving us its fruit, the enemy showed us death. But, today, the sight of the cross gives joy to all the earth: For the tree that robes us …