Forgiveness Sunday

 Father Alexander Shmemann In the Orthodox Church, the last Sunday before Great Lent, the day on which – at Vespers, Lent is liturgically announced and inaugurated – is called Forgiveness Sunday. On the morning of that Sunday, at the Divine … Read More

Sermon on the Pasch – St. Melitos

 The mystery of the Pasch is new and old, eternal and temporal, corruptible and incorruptible, mortal and immortal. Old according to the Law, new according to the Word; temporal according to the world, eternal by grace; corruptible by the immolation … Read More

Great and Holy Friday

 “Awesome and paradoxical is the mystery that we see unfolding today. He who is untouchable is now arrested. He who releases Adam from the curse is taken prisoner. He who searches and tries the hearts and minds is unjustly put … Read More

Lazarus Saturday

 The somber tone of Holy Week is preceded by a two day feast commemorating the resurrection of Lazarus who had been dead for 4 days, and the triumphant entry of our Lord into Jerusalem. It is significant that Holy Week … Read More

Lessons from St. Mary of Egypt

 Dear Faithful,   We have reached the last Sunday of Great Lent.  On this last Sunday, the Church presents before us the quintessential example of repentance—the life of St. Mary of Egypt. The Church has put repentance before us as … Read More


 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

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