Sunday of Cheese-fare: Forgiving and Fasting’

Sunday of Cheese-fare: Forgiving and Fasting’

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Patsalos   The time of preparation for the Fast ends with the Sunday of Cheese-fare and so we pass into great and blessed Lent, which is full of mixed experiences and feelings transmitted to us in a mystical way by its penitential services. Today’s Gospel reading brings us...

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I Condemn Hypocrisy

I Condemn Hypocrisy

Sermon preached by Elder Meliton (Hatzi), Metropolitan of Chalcedon (1913-1989) in the Cathedral Church of Athens Cheese-fare Sunday, 8 March, 1970   My friends, There was nothing the Lord castigated so much as hypocrisy. And rightly so, since He saw in it the greatest deceptive danger, which is the satanic...

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Return to Paradise (Cheese-Fare Sunday)

Return to Paradise (Cheese-Fare Sunday)

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom   In the person of the old Adam, the human race fell, when it sinned against love; and God’s dread judgement will be a crisis (i.e. judgement) for human love. Humankind was called to total unity of the whole of our lives with God, through love, but...

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Cheese Fare Sunday

Cheese Fare Sunday

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes   Today, is Cheese-fare Sunday, which sees the closing of the period of Triodion. Tomorrow, with God’s blessing and help, we embark upon the forty day Fast of Great Lent. Great Lent is a time of spiritual struggle for Orthodox Christians. The aim of this struggle...

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Cheesefare Weary

Cheesefare Weary

Today I am feeling weary – of an illness that has plagued me for half my life, of my bad eating habits, of my fears for my child and his future. Just weary. So instead of doing something productive like praying or attending to one of the items on my...

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