The Story of St. Mary of Egypt
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St Zosimas (April 4) was a monk at a certain Palestinian monastery on the outskirts of Caesarea. Having dwelt at the monastery since his childhood, he lived there in asceticism until he reached the age of fifty-three. Then he was … Read More

Lenten (Vegan) Cross Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake
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To wish many years to a family moving away from our church and to let them know that we will miss them, I made a Lenten cake for them. It was a pull-apart cupcake-cake in the shape of a cross. I … Read More

Fasting
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Dear Faithful, We are officially halfway through the Holy Fast. Great Lent is already past its midpoint. During the middle of the Fast, it is good for us to examine ourselves.   How am I doing this Lent?  Am I … Read More

Prayer
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Dear Faithful,   By the mercy of God, we have completed the third week of Great Lent. What a joy it has been to be in the Church, to attend the services, and to commune with our Triune God. We … Read More

Sunday of the Cross
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Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we come to the end of the third week of Lent, the Church reminds us that before we can reach the unending joy of Pascha, we first have to go through the Cross … Read More

Soul Saturdays
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  Dear Faithful,   Congratulations on completing the second week of Great Lent. As we noted last week, Great Lent’s main theme is repentance. The Church teaches that we can work out our repentance through three main methods—prayer, fasting, and … Read More

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
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Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we finish the 2nd week of Lent, I would like to focus on a service that is peculiar to this holy season—the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. It is a beautiful Liturgy, one only … Read More

Koliva
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Koliva is boiled wheat with typically prepared with powdered sugar, almonds, ground nuts, cinnamon,raisins and more. It is made for memorials, typically on Saturdays of the Souls, funerals, and other memorial services

Sunday of Orthodoxy: Troparion, Kontakion and Gospel Readings
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Troparion — Tone 2 We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One, / and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ God. / Of Your own will You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh / to … Read More

Repentance
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  Dear Faithful, Welcome to Great Lent! Thanks be to God for this holy opportunity to renew our lives to the Lord through the Holy Fast! Truly this liturgical season is a time in which the Church is cleansed and … Read More

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