“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8 Great Lent, 2017 Beloved Clergy and Faithful of this God-protected Archdiocese: The season of the Great Fast is upon us in preparation of the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ! Now is the time … Read more
In this two part series, recorded as part of an adult education class at St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN, Deacon Michael Hyatt helps us understand the basic motivations for the practice of fasting in the Orthodox Church. These lectures are part of the podcast series At the Intersection of East and West from Ancient Faith Radio.
On Clean Monday by Igumen Tikhon (Borisov) given at Opitna Pustyn Monastery, 2011 Today the Holy Church – and we all – has taken its very important first step into the mystical and penitential arena of Great Lent. Its first day has passed by and, following the reading of the canon of St. Andrew of … Read more
As we approach Great Lent, the time given to us specifically for repentance, the Church gives us a whole host of images to help us. St. John of Kronstadt teaches that: “Imagery or symbols are a necessity of human nature in our presently spiritually sensual condition; they explain [by the vision] many things belonging to … Read more
by Archpriest Andrei Efanov What is important for us to bear in mind during the fast? The fast, by definition, is a time of abstinence. Therefore, let us strive to abstain from everything that is unprofitable for our souls: Archpriest Andrei Efanov 1. Television. It seems to me that television is first on the list … Read more
Frederica Mathewes-Green reads her own translation of the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos.
by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfayev In the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete we see the images of Biblical characters pass before us one by one, both the just and sinners spoken of in the Old and New Testaments. To many of us the names mentioned in the Great Canon mean nothing, because our knowledge … Read more