Protection of the Theotokos

October 1, 2021 0 Comments

Happy Feast of the Protection of the Theotokos! There is only one God, one Creator, one Savior, one Redeemer. Yet this one God has chosen to be friends with his creation. As St. Paul told us, he humbled himself to become a man, like us in every way except sin. There are many ways he …

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, …

Dormition of the Theotokos 2021

August 1, 2021 0 Comments

The feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos is on Sunday, August 15th. This feast is the most ancient feast of the Mother of God. As Father Hezekias has said, “more than any other, this feast directs our gaze towards what we are all called to as Christians: communion with the Lord for all eternity.  Let …

The Mother of Life

August 15, 2020 0 Comments

“Neither the tomb, nor death could hold the Theotokos, / Who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. / For being the Mother of Life, / She was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her ever-virginal womb.” (Kontakion-hymn of the Dormition of the Theotokos) Just as St. Peter …

The Dormition of the Holy Mother of God

August 14, 2020 0 Comments

Our Summer Pascha Since August 1, we have been preparing for the great feast of Mary, the Mother of God through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. “This period is so rich in opportunities for prayer and worship that it has traditionally been called our “Summer Pascha.” The Transfiguration celebrates Christ as the radiant Light of the …

Observing the Summer Pascha

August 3, 2020 0 Comments

Thanks to the Eparchy: As we know, the Great Fast and the Great Week before Pascha are the most diligently observed fasts in the Church. After that, the most thoroughly kept fast is that before the Dormition, which in our Tradition lasts from August 1 through August 14. Like the Great Fast, the Dormition Fast …

Re-Consecration of the USA to Our Lady

April 25, 2020 0 Comments

His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS, wishes to make you aware of the attached letter from Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the USCCB, regarding the Re-Consecration of the United States to Our Lady, under the title of Mary, Mother of the Church, on 1 May, in union with the Bishops of Canada. This act of consecration is …