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Easter Lilies Donation »

March 27th, 2020    Posted in In the News

Dear Steward, Easter will find the Nave of Saint Sophia decorated with flowers to celebrate the joy of the Resurrection. Traditionally potted lilies are arranged throughout the Church. You are invited to donate in remembrance of your beloved deceased or for the health of your families and loved ones. The Clergy will commemorate the names during the Prothesis of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please fill out the […]

The Fourth Friday of Great Lent. The Ladder of Divine Ascent and Moral Improvement »

March 27th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, April 4, 2019  The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church, is dedicated to St. John Climacus, the author of the ancient work, The Ladder of Divine Ascent. It is a classic work describing “steps” within the life of the struggling ascetic. There is an icon associated with this work, picturing monastics climbing the rungs of a ladder to heaven, battling demons who are trying […]

#FaithOverFear: “Let’s Talk Live” Online Community Gathering this coming Thursday, March 26th, at 4:00 pm EST. Join our free event from your home. »

March 26th, 2020    Posted in In the News

#FaithOverFear: “Let’s Talk Live” Online Community Gathering this coming Thursday, March 26th, at 4:00 pm EST. Join our free event from your home. Things have been changing so fast these past few weeks. We continue to practice social distancing, and many communities are now sheltering in place. While the number of cases continues to increase, Christians are unfortunately not able to attend church and are reaching out for online ways to […]

The Fourth Thursday of Great Lent. The Ascetic Life (4th Sunday of Great Lent) »

March 26th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

Bishop Agathangelos of Fanari For the secular people of today, focusing on an ascetic saint represents a problem. How can the ascetic figure of Saint John, the author of the Ladder, speak to us, when he acquired and preserved the Grace of God through tears, prayers, and spiritual asceticism? In Orthodox teaching, the ascetic life is nothing other than the transcendence of selfishness, the attempt, in Grace, to apply God’s […]

Our Conciliar Salvation: The Feast of the Annunciation »

March 25th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, March 25, 2015  I consider it both a strange mystery and a settled matter of the faith that God prefers not to do things alone. Repeatedly, He acts in a manner that involves the actions of others when, it would seem, He could have acted alone. Why would God reveal His Word to the world through the agency of men? Why would He bother to use […]