10th ANNUAL Pan-Orthodox Retreat at Holy Virgin Cathedral: SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017

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Last Sunday of Great Lent PDF Print E-mail

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

One of the greatest mysteries about our Savior and His nature is that Jesus Christ is God-man. He is at the same time a true man and the true God. This dual nature is so difficult to comprehend that it resulted in the appearance of all of the early heresies that tore apart the Church during the first centuries of Her life. Men, damaged by arrogant pride, tried to explain in human terms what is unexplainable. This mystery cannot be explained, but it must be accepted on faith.

During this coming weekend, we will be witnessing two major and monumental events in the life of our Savior when, through His actions, we will see that Jesus Christ is in fact both a human being and God. On Friday evening, we will travel with Him to a town just outside of Jerusalem called Bethany. A family consisting of two sisters and a brother  who are especially dear to Jesus' heart  live there. A tragedy has occurred, and the brother has died. Before his death, his sisters had summoned Jesus to come and heal Him, but Jesus did not. He waited until after the death because He was planning to demonstrate to the world through His greatest miracle that He was without doubt the true Savior, therefore, God. (continue)

 
St. Mary of Egypt PDF Print E-mail

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Great Lent is a time when the Church especially calls to examine our spiritual lives. It is a time for our repentance. But repentance is hard work, and often we become discouraged. No matter how hard we try to break away from our bad habits and passions, we keep failing. Then we might even start to believe that because of our many and continual spiritual defeats, we are beyond salvation, that God will not forgive us. We lose sight of the fact that God wants our salvation. We stop believing that there is no sin or passion that He will not forgive and help us overcome in time if we are sincerely repenting. To encourage us in our perseverance, the Church on the fifth Sunday of Great Lent gives us a magnificent example of true repentance and great heights achieved by a great sinner. This example is given to us by St. Mary of Egypt. Every Orthodox Christian must read the life of this great saint. You can find her life on Wikipedia. Her life is too long to be given here; therefore, I will summarize only a few  important moments and urge you to read the complete life as compiled by St. Sophrony of Jerusalem. (continue)

 
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent PDF Print E-mail

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

As we approach the fifth week of Great Lent, the Church continues her care for our spiritual growth by reminding us who our greatest enemy is in our pursuit of salvation. The Church not only reveals his identity but also shows us how we can best defeat him. This crucial information is found in the Gospel reading on Sunday. (continue)

 
Sunday of the Holy Cross PDF Print E-mail
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: 

Through God's mercy and Grace, we are approaching the midpoint of our journey to the joyous celebration of Pascha. This Sunday is called the Sunday of the Cross, as near the end of the vigil on Saturday evening, the Cross is brought out and placed in the middle of the church for veneration. It will remain there the entire fourth week of Great Lent. For those who had faithfully begun fasting from the beginning of Great Lent and maybe at this point are starting to grow weak, seeing the cross is a wonderful reminder and encouragement. We are half way there and if we just strengthen our will a bit more, we will very soon be celebrating. For those who have not yet begun to fast, seeing the cross is a stern reminder that it is imperative to begin to fast without delay, before Great Lent is completely past us. We cannot celebrate the holiday in a worthy manner not having prepared ourselves through the fast.

Seeing the cross is also a reminder to us of what a Christian life according to the Cross consists of. The Gospel reading we will hear on Sunday describes to us what the Lord expects of us in order for us to live such a life. The Gospel reading is as follows: (continue)
 
Miraculous Healing of the Paralytic PDF Print E-mail

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The Savior blesses us to begin the third week of Great Lent with the details of a wonderful healing done by Him from which we can receive an important spiritual lesson.

The Disciples Pick Corn on the Sabbath Mark 2:23-28
1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. (continue)

 
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