Monthly Archives: March 2017

Family prayer at home during Lent

Kids are more likely to feel at home at church if their home feels more like a church. While I am not suggesting that we walk slowly and use quiet voices at home, Lent is a great time to build your family icon corner, or come together before your icon corner in prayer. Mom and dad must be taking things seriously if they are lighting a candle before the icons and bowing their heads in prayer. If we are [...]

Annunciation of the Theotokos

The feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary is a feast of the Lord and of the Theotokos*. It is a feast of the Lord because Christ who was conceived in the womb of the Theotokos. It is a feast of the Theotokos because it refers to the person who aided in the conception and Incarnation of the Word of God, that is, the All Holy Virgin Mary. The Annunciation of the Theotokos is the beginning of all feasts [...]

On Carrying your Cross

Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Mk. 8:34), said the Lord to his disciples, calling them unto Him, as we heard today in the Gospels. Beloved brothers and sisters! Bowing down bodily to worship the precious Cross of the Lord today according to the rule of the Holy Church, we bow down also in spirit! We venerate the precious Cross of Christ—our weapon of victory and banner of Christ’s [...]

Self-Control to Overcome our Passions

Fasting deals specifically with the passion of gluttony. We must however deal with all our passions and overcome them one by one. Fasting is the starting point to controlling the others. It is a fight that we must steadily engage in, by doing so we will gradually reduce them. Saint Maximus outlines four steps for this progress: The stopping of their appearance in sinful deeds––the obtaining of sinless in deed is the first dispassion Freedom from passionate thoughts caused by [...]

On Fasting

AS WE ENTER THE SECOND WEEK OF GREAT LENT... The Church Fathers on fasting Great Lent is the period that the Church has in her wisdom set aside for us to intensify our own spiritual growth through fasting, prayer and worship. If you follow the Church guidelines on fasting, make time to attend the services and intensify your own prayer life, you will be rewarded with a greater closeness to God. Self-Control as Fasting The act of fasting is a conscious act to [...]