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…]

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…]

Sunday of Meatfare of the Last Judgment

Commemorated on March 7 Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 25:31-46, the parable of the Last Judgment. It reminds us that while trusting in Christ’s love and mercy, we must not forget His righteous judgment when He comes again in glory. If our hearts remain hardened and unrepentant, we should not expect the Lord to overlook our … [Read more…]

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Commemorated on February 28 The Sunday after the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. This parable of God’s forgiveness calls us to “come to ourselves” as did the prodigal son, to see ourselves as being “in a far country” far from the Father’s house, and to make the … [Read more…]

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

Beginning of the Lenten Triodion Commemorated on February 21 The Sunday after the Sunday of Zacchaeus is devoted to the Publican and the Pharisee. At Vespers the night before, the TRIODION (the liturgical book used in the services of Great Lent) begins. Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee who scrupulously … [Read more…]

Sunday of Zacchaeus

Commemorated on February 14 The paschal season of the Church is preceded by the season of Great Lent, which is also preceded by its own liturgical preparation. The first sign of the approach of Great Lent comes five Sundays before its beginning. On this Sunday the Gospel reading is about Zacchaeus the tax-collector. It tells how … [Read more…]

Covid-19 Update

Due to Covid-19, our services have changed. The Vesper Services are limited in participation. The Divine Liturgy Services are limited in participation, but please contact Father Mikel to make your reservation for attendance. His number and email can be found under the Contact Tab. We hope to return to our full cycle of services when … [Read more…]