Some thoughts on Great Lent

Some thoughts on Great Lent

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   It’s well known that, in this period, we have two fasts. There are seven weeks of strict fasting, preceded by Cheese-fare week, making eight weeks in all. For many, this is a pleasant and desirable time, for others it’s difficult and...

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LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory on Preparing for Great Lent

LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory on Preparing for Great Lent

ABOUT FR. GREGORY JOYCE Fr. Gregory Joyce is the Rector of St. Vladimir’s Church, part of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.  Fr. Gregory served at Holy Trinity Monastery on the clerical staff and taught English and English as a Second Language at Holy Trinity Monastery during the academic year...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: How We Experience Lent and Fasting

Understanding and Living Our Faith: How We Experience Lent and Fasting

“Many Christians, unaware of the great value of fasting, either keep the fast with difficulty or reject it altogether. We should not be afraid to fast but embrace it with joy.” (St. John Chrysostom) Fasting is so much more then abstaining from certain foods. Christ reminds us in the Gospels...

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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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Musings from a Grateful Convert: Thoughts on Fasting

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Thoughts on Fasting

With the coming of another Holy Season of Great Lent, our thoughts turn to the topic of fasting. Here I offer a few thoughts for your consideration. First consider the question: “Is there more than one way to fast?” After encountering a very difficult health issue wherein I lost considerable...

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Preparing for our Lenten Journey

Preparing for our Lenten Journey

“Preparing for our Lenten Journey”- Great Lent 2016 Just as we make plans for our summer vacations, we need to make plans for our Lenten Journey. We are on a 40-day journey that will lead us to the passion and resurrection of Christ. Watch and Listen as Fr. Luke Veronis prepares us for our...

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Martha Actually Set a Great Example

Martha Actually Set a Great Example

She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.”  John 11:27  (Gospel on the Saturday of Lazarus)   Good morning Prayer Team! Most of us are familiar with the story of Mary and Martha, told...

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The Interior and Exterior Evangelism of Great Lent

The Interior and Exterior Evangelism of Great Lent

The Great 40 Days are generally considered to be a time of introspection and repentance. The very first words of the Great Canon of St Andrew indicate the way, “Where shall I begin to lament the deeds of my wretched life? What first-fruit shall I offer, O Christ, for my...

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Different Kinds of Healing

Different Kinds of Healing

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love...

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He Had to Become Like Us in Every Way

He Had to Become Like Us in Every Way

Therefore He had to be made like His brethren in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make expiation for the sins of the people.  For because He Himself has suffered and been tempted, He is able to...

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