A PILGRIMAGE to the HOLY LAND: April 26-May 12, 2017, led by Archpriest Peter Perekrestov

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Triumph of Orthodoxy PDF Print E-mail

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Congratulations to all of you on the completion of the first week of Great Lent. Only six weeks remain to the glorious celebration of celebrations, Pascha. May God strengthen us with His divine Grace and blessing to complete the remaining weeks with great profit and for the betterment of our spiritual life. The second week of Great Lent begins this Sunday during which the Triumph of Orthodoxy is proclaimed. The reason for this is given below.

When we walk into an Orthodox Church, we are overwhelmed with the otherworldly beauty and substance that is found there. It is as if we have left our world and have entered a completely different dimension. We are surrounded by God, His Most-Holy Mother, and the saints. We are taken back in time to accompany our Savior throughout His earthly life. We witness His suffering and death. We gloriously watch His Resurrection. We grieve with the apostles when the Savior leaves this world to ascend back into Heaven. But we are joyously comforted with the sight of the Holy Spirit descending from Heaven to establish Christ's Church on earth. And we come face to face with all the wonderful saints of the Church whose lives we have heard about or may have read. All of these edifying experiences are made possible through the presence of icons. (continue)

 
Forgiveness Sunday PDF Print E-mail
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Congratulations! We have come to the threshold of Great Lent. Our common Mother, the Church, has spent several weeks preparing us for this moment both physically and spiritually. Only one more thing remains to be done. Before we begin the work of repenting and reconciling our lives with the expectations that our Savior has of us, we must all be reconciled with each other.. (continue)
 
Sunday of the Dread Judgement PDF Print E-mail
February 21, 2014

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

After this Sunday, only one week remains before the start of Great Lent. The Church has been preparing us spiritually for the last three weeks by giving us wonderful lessons in the Sunday Gospel readings. The Church has also been preparing us bodily by gradually easing us into the diet that we are expected to keep during fasting period. Two weeks ago, the week was a fast-free week where we were freed from fasting on Wednesday and Friday. Last week the fasting on those two days was reinstated. This coming week, starting on Monday, is called cheese-fare week. On this week we give up all forms of meat (this includes chicken). In this way, when we begin the fast, our bodies are not stressed by the severe change in our diet. At the same time, we need to remember that we are preparing our bodies for fasting. Therefore, we should not be tempted by the strange tradition that has evolved of making this week one of satiating ourselves with such foods as blini. We can enjoy our blini in good measure and not stun our bodies with the severe overeating followed by strict fasting on Monday....continue
 
Meeting of the Lord/ Prodigal Son PDF Print E-mail

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This weekend our Church celebrates two important holidays, both of which give us very important lessons for our spiritual life. The first is one of the twelve major feasts days of the church year, the Meeting of the Lord....continue

 
The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee PDF Print E-mail
February 5, 2014

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The Church this Sunday begins to prepare us for the approach of Great Lent. Since in Great Lent we are called to battle against our sinful passions, the preparation is begun with a discussion on what can be called the mother of all passions which is pride.

 
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