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Fr. Roman Braga, Memory Eternal 2 Years Today (April 28, 2017)

I was in Communist prison eleven years—in solitary confinement three years. I found out in prison that I didn’t know anything. My idea of God disappeared. But what I found out is that the God of the books is different from the God of the experience. Read more…




Holy Week: An Explanation

Great Lent and Holy Week are two separate fasts, and two separate celebrations.  Great Lent ends on Friday of the fifth week (the day before Lazarus Saturday).  Holy Week begins immediately thereafter. Let’s explore the meaning of each of the solemn days of Passion Week.

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The Life of St. Mary of Egypt


+ 522 A. D.

St. Sophronius explains reasons for writing this work.

“It is good to hide the secret of a king, but it is glorious to reveal the works of God” (Tobit 12:7). So said the Archangel Raphael to Tobit when he performed the wonderful healing of his blindness. Actually, not to keep the secret of a king is perilous and a terrible risk, but to be silent about the works of God is injurious to the soul. Read more…


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 of Divine Ascent.

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, [read more…]


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. Read more