Keep Shouting Hosanna!

Children scrambling up trees to cut branches they will wave, people spreading their garments in the road for the King to ride on and shouting, “Hosanna!” These are the joyful images of welcome we associate with the Entrance of Christ into Jerusalem. Yet we know that in a few days, some of the same spectators … [Read more…]

The Raising of Lazarus (Lazarus Saturday)

Commemorated on April 24 Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday Visible triumphs are few in the earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ. He preached a kingdom “not of this world.” At His nativity in the flesh there was “no room at the inn.” For nearly thirty years, while He grew “in wisdom and in stature, and … [Read more…]

5th Sunday of Great Lent: St Mary of Egypt

Commemorated on April 18 Saint Zosimas (April 4) was a monk at a certain Palestinian monastery on the outskirts of Caesarea. Having dwelt at the monastery since his childhood, he lived there in asceticism until he reached the age of fifty-three. Then he was disturbed by the thought that he had attained perfection, and needed no … [Read more…]

2nd Sunday of Great Lent: St Gregory Palamas

Commemorated on March 28 This Sunday was originally dedicated to Saint Polycarp of Smyrna (February 23). After his glorification in 1368, a second commemoration of Saint Gregory Palamas (November 14) was appointed for the Second Sunday of Great Lent as a second “Triumph of Orthodoxy.” Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica, was born in the year … [Read more…]