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The Life of St. Mary of Egypt

 THE LIFE OF OUR HOLY MOTHER 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…

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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…]

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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

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Second Sunday of Great Lent

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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First Sunday of Great Lent

The 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, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the “Triumph of Orthodoxy.”

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