Repentance

  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

Humility (Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee)

The Following is an excerpt from Great Lent, by Alexander Schmemann From Chapter 2: Preparation for Lent The next Sunday [after Zaccheus Sunday] is called the “Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee.” On the eve of this day, on … Read More

Zaccheus

Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, … Read More

The Prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian

http://www.orthodox.net/greatlent/of-ephraim-the-syrian.pdf   The Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian O Lord and Master of my life, a spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, and idle talking give me not. Prostration.   But rather a spirit of chastity, humble-mindedness, patience, and love … Read More

The History of Lent

From the Good Shepherd Australian Orthodox Mission Lent, as it exists today in the Orthodox Church, is the result of a long historical development. We can basically divide Eastern Orthodox Lent into 3 periods: (1)The Pre-Lenten Period: three preparatory Sundays … Read More

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