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In 2024 Great and Holy Pascha is Celebrated on May 5th

Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare) February 19, 2023

The trumpets shall blow, and the graves shall be empty, and all mankind shall rise trembling. They who have done good shall rejoice with joy, expecting their reward; and those who have done evil shall tremble greatly, moaning and shaking, as they are sent to suffering, separated from the elect. Wherefore, O Lord of glory, be compassionate toward us, and make us worthy to be of those who love thee; for thou art good.

+ from Vespers, Tone 6

Meatfare Sunday is the last day on which, in the fasting schedule, meat and poultry are eaten before Pascha.

The Sunday of the Last Judgment (podcast)

Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare) February 26, 2023

According to the Lenten Fast, Cheese-Fare Sunday is the last day on which eggs and dairy are eaten before Pascha.

On Cheese-Fare Sunday, we also commemorate the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise, entering into the Lenten fast in remembrance of mankind's separation from God through disobeying his commandment to fast from the fruit of the tree.

Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)

A Word on Forgiveness

Great Lent is Not About Food

Return to Paradise: The How and Why of Fasting

The Casting out of Adam and Forgiveness Sunday

Forgiveness Sunday - The Expulsion of Adam from Paradise (podcast)

Sunday of Orthodoxy (First Sunday of Lent) March 5, 2023

On the first Sunday in Lent, we commemorate -- once and for all -- the upholding the use of holy icons in Orthodox worship in 843. We also commemorate today the unity of Orthodox belief and the oneness of our Faith -- across languages, continents, and centuries.

No Graven Image about the Orthodox Theology of Icons

The Triumph of Orthodoxy (podcast)

Become a Living Icon

All about Icons (Lesson for Children)

As the prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught... as the Church has received... as the teachers have dogmatized... as the Universe has agreed... as Grace has shown forth... as Truth has revealed... as falsehood has been dissolved... as Wisdom has presented... as Christ awarded... thus we declare... thus we assert... thus we preach Christ our true God, and honor as Saints in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in Holy Icons; on the one hand worshipping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord; and on the other hand honoring as true servants of the same Lord of all and accordingly offering them veneration. This is the Faith of the Apostles, this is the Faith of the Fathers, this is the Faith of the Orthodox, this is the Faith which has established the Universe.
+ Confession of faith of the Sunday of Orthodoxy

St. Gregorgy Palamas Sunday (Second Sunday of Lent) March 12, 2023

On the second Sunday of Lent, we celebrate the teachings of St. Gregory Palamas, who upheld the Orthodox doctrine that humans can know God not only through the intellect but through experience of His uncreated energies.

Second Sunday of Lent: St. Gregory Palamas (Podcast)

The Approach to God: The East versus the West

Reflection on St. Gregory Palamas

Prayer and St. Gregory Palamas (children's lesson & activites)

St. Gregory Palamas and the Healing of our Paralysis

Planting the doctrines of Orthodoxy, uprooting the thistles of wicked opinion, O blessed one, and growing well the plant of faith with the rain of thy sayings, thou didst offer to God, like a good farmer, ears a hundred fold.
+ Orthros of the Feast, Tone 1

Veneration of the Holy Cross (Third Sunday in Lent) March 19, 2023

"We also adore the likeness of the honorable and life giving Cross, even though it is made of another material. We do not honor the material, but the likeness as a symbol of Christ. We preach Christ crucified. Therefore, the sign of Christ in the Cross is to be adored, for wherever the sign may be, there He will be too. If the form of the cross should happen to be destroyed however, the material from which the cross was composed is not to be adored, even if it was of gold or precious stones. We honor the material as a sign of Christ, for wherever the sign is, Christ is there. We also trace this sign upon our bodies and thereby bless ourselves. Thus we adore everything that has reference to God, although it is to Him that we direct the worship."

Mid-Lent: The Holy Cross

Love: A Cross and Resurrection

A Hope to Carry Us: Reflections on the Holy Cross

Sunday of the Cross (podcast)

Veneration of the Cross (Children's lesson & activities)

Adoration of the Holy Cross

Rejoice, O life-bearing Cross, O bright paradise of the Church, O Tree of incorruption, thou who didst bring forth for us the enjoyment of glory everlasting, through whom the hosts of devils are driven out, the ranks of angels rejoice together, and the congregations of believers celebrate, O unconquerable weapon and impregnable foundation, the triumph of kings and the pride of Priests, grant us to apprehend the Passion of Christ and his Resurrection.

+Vespers of the Feast

St. John of the Ladder (Fourth Sunday in Lent) March 26, 2023

On the fourth Sunday in Lent we commemorate St. John Climacus, the great seventh-century ascetic and author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent. As we continue the Lenten fast, we recall St. John's account of the labors necessary to approach God, and we take comfort in the Lord's words: "he who endures to the end will be saved" (Mt 24:13).

4th Sunday of Lent - St. John of the Ladder

St. John Climacus - The Rungs of His Ladder of Divine Ascent

4th Sunday of Lent - St. John of the Ladder (podcast)

St. John Climacus and the Virtues (children's lesson & activities)

Let us honor John, that pride of ascetics, that angel on earth, that man of God in heaven, that adornment of the world, and that bliss of virtues and good deeds; for, planted in the house of God, he flourished with justice; and, like a cedar tree in the wilderness, he caused the flock of Christ to grow, those sheep endowed with speech, in righteousness and justice.

-Vespers of the Feast

St. Mary of Egypt Sunday (Fifth Sunday in Great Lent)  April 2, 2023

On the fifth Sunday of Lent, we commemorate St. Mary of Egypt. By her example, we are reminded of the extraordinary power of repentance and God's mercy, by which even the greatest sinner may be transformed and sanctified.

The Life of Our Holy Mother Mary of Egypt

An Exceptional Example of True Freedom

St. Mary of Egypt and the Holy Hermits (children's lesson & activities)

St. Mary of Egypt (podcast)

Thou didst sever with the sword of abstinence the snares of the soul and the passion of the body, O righteous one. And by the silence of asceticism thou didst choke the sins of thought. And by the stream of thy tears thou didst water the whole wilderness, bringing forth for us the fruits of repentance. Wherefore, we celebrate thy memory.

+ Vespers of the Feast


Palm Sunday April 9, 2023

O Christ God, when before thy voluntary sufferings Thou didst explain to all the confirmation of universal resurrection; Thou didst raise Lazarus in Bethany by thine exalted might, after he had been dead for four days. And to the blind Thou didst give sight; for Thou art the Giver of light, O Savior. Thou didst also enter the city with thy Disciples, sitting on an ass, fulfilling the preaching of the Prophets, as though riding upon the cherubim, and the Hebrew youths received Thee with palms and branches. Wherefore, we also carry olive branches and palms, crying out to Thee in gratitude, Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he that cometh In the Name of the Lord. - Orthros of the Feast

The Entry of Jesus Into Jerusalem (podcast)

Palm Sunday Reflection

Palm Sunday (lesson & activities for children)

Holy Week April 9-15th, 2023

Great Lent and Holy Week are two separate fasts and two separate celebrations. Great Lent ends on Friday of the sixth week, the day before Lazarus Saturday. A special weekend after that marks the Orthodox Church's transition to Holy Week.

Holy Week: Teaching Resources & Activities for Children

The Raising of Lazarus

Bridegroom Matins on Sunday Evening of Holy Week

Bridegroom Matins on Monday Evening of Holy Week

Bridegroom Matins on Tuesday Evening of Holy Week

The Twelve Gospels Service on Thursday Evening of Holy Week

The Services on Good and Holy Friday

Holy Saturday and Glorious Pascha


Great and Holy Pascha April 16th, 2023

In our Church, the feast of Christ's resurrection is commonly referred to as "Pascha" (PAS-ka), the Greek term for "Passover." Jesus' rising from the dead is the point of reference for all Orthodox Christian thought and life. Every Sunday is dedicated to the resurrection of Christ, so that we never lose sight of the centrality of Christ's victory over death. Yet in the Feast of Feasts--after a period of fasting and spiritual preparation called Great Lent that lasts almost two months--the Orthodox faithful celebrate the greatest of all holy days, Pascha. "Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!" we sing.​

Resurrection Icon Explanation

Four Icons for Pascha (children's lesson & activities for Pascha)

Easter Sunday: The Holy Pascha

Keeping the Empty Tomb in our Hearts

The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

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Thought for the Day

“Our stay on earth is not for sojourning, but for a personal choice for good or for evil, for truth or for falsehood.” - St. Nicholai of Zica

Daily Orthodox Scriptures for Kids
Daily Orthodox Scriptures for Kids
New Testament readings with a short commentary at the end just for kids Usually around five minutes long, it is a fantastic way to get our children into the Bible.

Daily Orthodox Scriptures
Daily Orthodox Scriptures
A Journey Together Reading Through the Bible in One Year - Fr. Alexis Kouri helps lead listeners through a reading of the entire Bible in one year.

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