Monthly Archives: February 2017

Great Lent… The journey to Pascha

On Monday, February the 27th 2017, will begin the blessed period of Great Lent. This is a period of strict fast* in the Orthodox Chuch, thus preparing us for the upcoming Holy Passion of Christ and His glorious Resurrection. During Great Lent, the daily cycle of services differ from that of the rest of the year. Vespers are celebrated daily in the morning accompanied by the Presanctified Divine Liturgy. The Great Compline is read every evening, instead of the [...]

Sunday of the Last Judgment

I ponder that day and hour, when we all, naked and as convicts, will appear before the Judge we cannot bribe. Then a great trumpet will sound and the foundations of the earth will be shaken, and the dead will be raised from the graves, and all will become of one stature. And all that which is hidden will be presented overtly before You, and they shall mourn and wail who have never repented, and they shall depart into the [...]

Sundays in preparation of Great Lent

During the three week pre-Lenten season the church prepares us for repentance. She urges us to prepare ourselves through gradual diet modification and instructing us with themes of humility, judgment, repentance and forgiveness. The period is bounded by four Sundays. It marks the beginning of a time of preparation for the spiritual journey of Lent, a time for Orthodox Christians to draw closer to God through worship, prayer, fasting, and acts of charity. It is also on this day [...]

Confession & repentance

A return to the new path

Repentance is the abandoning of all false paths that have been trodden by men’s feet, and men’s thoughts and desires, and a return to the new path: Christ’s path. But how can a sinful man repent unless he, in his heart, meets with the Lord and knows his own shame? Before little Zacchaeus saw the Lord with his eyes, he met Him in his heart and was ashamed of all his ways. St. Nicolai Velimirovic

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the beginning of the Triodion period, which leads us to Great Lent and Pascha. The name for this Sunday is taken from the parable of our Lord found in Luke 18:10-14. 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, [...]

The Meeting of our Lord Jesus Christ

On the 2nd of February our holy church celebrates the feast of the Meeting of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. When forty days prescribed by the law of Moses for the purification of the mother of a newborn son were accomplished (Lev. 12:2-4), the All-Holy Mother of God and Saint Joseph brought the Child Jesus to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. For every first-born, belonging by right to the Lord (Ex. 13:15), had to be consecrated [...]