Day of Prayer for the Protection of the Environment

September 1, 2021 0 Comments

In 1989, the Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrius instituted a Day of Prayer for the Protection of the Environment, establishing it on September 1. Pope Francis has extended that remembrance to the Catholic Church. In 2016, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said, “Following for many years the catastrophic world developments in environmental matters, the Holy and Great Mother …

The new liturgical year of grace

September 1, 2021 0 Comments

We have a new opportunity to know and love and to serve the Lord through the unfolding of the liturgical year. Abundant blessings!

Our venerable father, Simeon, the stylite

September 1, 2021 0 Comments

Today, the Church liturgically recalls a significant monastic father, Simeon, who lived on a pillar. You will recall there is an icon of Saint Simeon on the wall in the nave of the parish on the left side (it’s not the image for this post, however). “Simeon was born at the end of the fourth …

Father Saba Shofany fell asleep in the Lord

August 30, 2021 0 Comments

It is with great sadness that we let everyone know about the passing of Fr. Saba Shofany. Fr. Saba was a priest of our Eparchy. Most recently he was serving Utica parish until he was diagnosed with cancer, which he battled for the past 2 years. He died this morning and his funeral will take …

Mary is blessed

August 14, 2021 0 Comments

As we move closer to the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, let us consider the words of Pope Benedict XVI Mary is “blessed” because -totally, in body and soul and for ever- she became the Lord’s dwelling place. Mary does not merely invite our admiration and veneration, but she guides us, …

St Lawrence, deacon and martyr

August 10, 2021 0 Comments

The Church sings, Inflaming your heart with heavenly fire, you turned the fires of passion into cold ashes. O God-bearing martyr Lawrence, strength of martyrs, amid all your sufferings you cried out: Nothing shall separate me from the love of Christ. (Kontakion, Tone 2) The Holy Martyr Lawrence was a deacon in the Church of …

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

August 8, 2021 0 Comments

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant is read today at the Divine Liturgy. Where is our obedience located in the Lord? Are we humble before Him? Do we belong to Him and adhere to His word? The key to our weekly worship of God –Father, Son and Holy Spirit– and in our daily prayer, is …