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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Services of Great Lent

The Services of Great Lent

The holy season of Great Lent is a time of intense preparation for Orthodox Christians. The forty days leading up to Pascha, the glorious celebration of the resurrection of Christ, call for a concentration on repentance, confession and renewal through increased activity in worship, prayer, fasting, confession, almsgiving, etc. We should expect suffering and sacrifice, after the example of our Lord, so that we may share in His victorious life.

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St. Gregory Palamas: Homily on the Holy Nativity

On the Saving Nativity According to the Flesh of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ

This is the Festival of the virgin birth! Our address must be exalted therefore in accordance with the greatness of the feast, and enter into the mystery, as far as this is accessible and permissible, and time allows, that something of its inner power might be revealed even to us. Please strive, brethren, to lift up your minds as well, that they may better perceive the light of divine knowledge, as though brightly illuminated by a holy star. Read more

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St. John of Kronstadt – December 20

Saint John was born in the province of Archangel, Russia, on October 18, 1829, into a very poor clerical family. Most of his ancestors for at least 350 years had been priests or chanters, or in some other capacity had served the Church. So John was blessed with a very pious upbringing. Read more

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The Birth of Christ in Time Diminished Nothing of the Glory and Power of His Deity

A Homily of St. John Cassian – 360-432 AD

For the fact that He came of the flesh and in the flesh, has reference to His birth, and involves no diminution in Him: and He was simply born, not changed for the worse. For though, still remaining in the form of God, read more...

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