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The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent—St John Climacus

On the Fourth Sunday of the Fast, we celebrate the memory of our Holy Father John the author of the Ladder.

In the Church services for the fourth Sunday the Holy Church offers us a great example of the life of fasting in the person of the Venerable John of the Ladder, who, “having overcome the flesh through fasting” and “by the sweat of his ascetic efforts quenched the fiery arrows of the enemy” and “renewed the strength of souls” and, “ascending to the height of virtues”, [read more…]

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The Third Sunday of Great Lent—Veneration of the Holy Cross

The Third Sunday of Lent is called “The Veneration of the Cross.” At the Vigil of that day, after the Great Doxology, the Cross is brought in a solemn procession to the center of the church and remains there for the entire week-with a special rite of veneration following each service. It is noteworthy that the theme of the Cross which dominates the hymnology of that Sunday is developed in terms not of suffering but of victory and joy. Read more

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The Second Sunday of Great Lent—St Gregory Palamas

On the Second Sunday of the Fast, we celebrate the memory of our Father among the Saints, Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica.

The situation in St. Gregory’s time was that Orthodoxy was being debased; it was becoming worldly and being changed into either pantheism or agnosticism. Read more

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The First Sunday of Great Lent—Sunday of Orthodoxy

The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, [read more…]

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Beginning of Great Lent is at Hand

A Letter from His Eminence DEMETRIOS, Archbishop of America

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are truly blessed to enter once again this sacred and holy season of Great Lent, a time of prayer and reflection, a time of fasting and abstinence, a time of service, and a time of spiritual renewal. We have begun this transformative journey to the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord over the past few weeks from the beginning of the Triodion, starting with the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee. We have been led through the services and observances of the Church to contemplate all that separates us from God, to affirm our need for His grace and love and forgiveness, and to find hope in Him.

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