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Greetings in the name of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Lenten Retreat March 31-April 1
The Great Fast
This year's Great Fast, or Lent, goes from February 27 to April 7. April 8 is Lazarus Saturday, and April 9 is Palm Sunday. Holy Week goes from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday, April 15. And the great feast of Pascha falls on April 16.
Besides being a period of fasting, the Lenten season is a time for increased prayer, confession of sins, seeking forgiveness from others, and showing mercy to others through alms-giving and other acts of generosity. It is, in other words, a reminder to embrace the Gospel in our lives. It is a "springtime of our souls" and a source of spiritual joy.
Find an instructive resource on fasting here: http://www.abbamoses.com/fasting.html
Throughout Lent we have Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesdays at 5:30pm and the Akathist on Fridays at 5:30pm. For other service times, see the monthly calendar.
"Let us joyfully begin the all-hallowed season of abstinence; and let us shine with the bright radiance of the holy commandments of Christ our God, with the brightness of love and the splendor of prayer, with the purity of holiness and the strength of good courage. So, clothed in raiment of light, let us hasten to the Holy Resurrection on the third day, that shines upon the world with the glory of eternal life." ~ Hymn from Orthros of Clean Monday (Triodion)
|March 19, 2016 - Sunday of the Cross|
March 5, 2017 - "Can Anything Good Come?"
February 12, 2017 - The Prodigal Son
Resources for 2017
- Find a calendar of all the Great Feast Days throughout the year, along with a few other important commemorations, here: 2016-2017 Festal Calendar
- Here's a guide to special blessings and prayers that are offered on particular occasions, which you might want to keep in mind: Guide to Special Blessings
- For the new year, consider reading through the Orthodox Study Bible, from cover to cover! You can read through the whole Bible, by commiting just a little time each day, using this helpful guide (it's in a format meant to be printed out and made into a booklet): Study Bible Guide
|Tuesday, March 28th|
|Wednesday, March 29th|
5:30pm Great Canon & Life of St. Mary
|Thursday, March 30th|
St. John Climacus
5:30pm Presanctified Liturgy
|Friday, March 31st|
12:00 6th Hour
5:30pm - Akathist & Retreat Begins
|Saturday, April 1st|
St. Mary of Egypt
8am Liturgy & Retreat w/ Fr. Gerasim (ends at 1pm)
4:15 Youth Choir
5:00 9th Hour & Great Vespers
|Monthly Calendar >|