St. George the Great Martyr, beloved saint of the Antiochian Archdiocese and patron of many of our parishes and people, is commemorated on April 23, except when this falls before Pascha, in which case he is typically commemorated on Bright Monday.
Troparion of St George (Tone 4): As the deliverer of captives and the protector of the poor, as the physician of the feeble and combatant of kings, holy champion and great martyr George, intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.
Kontakion of St George (Tone 4): Thou wast cultivated by God and didst become a most wonderful cultivator of piety, and didst harvest for thyself the sheaves of virtue, for having sown in tears thou didst reap in joy and having withstood to death thou art garnered for Christ. By thy intercessions, O Saint, thou dost obtain for us all remission of our sins.
The Very Rev. Wayne Wilson and the Very. Rev. Michael Reagan officiated as over 75 friends and family members of the former catechumens witnessed the blessed and joyful occasion. St Barnabas previously received 27 new faithful in 2007, 28 in 2006, and 18 new members in 2005.
Constantine Triantafilou, Executive Director of International Orthodox Christian Charities, writes: "Sick and broken persons live among us often as unknown strangers. They may be the refugee family trying to rebuild a life after fleeing their homeland, a mother debilitated by disease with children desperate for food and medicine, or even the clerk at your local supermarket. The words of the Lenten prayer, 'Send but a drop of your mercy, O Christ, on this sick and broken person,' are not just a personal plea, but extend to all those who are sick and broken. ... With but a 'drop' of God’s mercy we, and other hurting people, have the opportunity to be healed, healthy, whole, and holy."
Lynette fulfilled her dream of being active in ministry right up until her death. In fact, for a month previous to her demise, she vigorously involved herself in the arts and crafts projects and in giving several talks at each of the three girls’ summer church camps held at the St. John Vladimir Monastery. During this time, she also took the time to sing a number of songs on a CD for her children, while writing some letters for future events in the lives of Tristan and Katherine. Exactly eleven days before she died, she even offered a powerful and inspirational talk to the girls about her journey with cancer and preparing for death. Interestingly, it was precisely on this day that her motor skills began to fail.
The Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring several special programs for Holy Week and Pascha on its Web site (www.MyOCN.net), including beautiful sacred music from the Orthodox Christian liturgical services of Holy Week.
Throughout Holy Week, visitors to www.MyOCN.net will also be able to watch the Holy Week services that will be celebrated at St. Demetrios Church in Fort Lauderdale. These will be available in a live stream, and also available on-demand in a special archive. [Read More]
By Douglas Cramer, Editor, Antiochian.org
I've recently been spending time with an old college roommate, a man dying of cancer in his 30’s. He’s not Christian, not married, has no children. We spend a lot of time talking about death. “What do you believe happens when we die?”, my friend asked unprompted one afternoon as we sat outside his home. “You know I’m a Christian,” I answered. “This is what I believe.” And I talked about the Resurrection, about how I believe the truth is that we are created for life, body and soul. That death is not the end. That we are called to live, to live the life of the New Man.
The repose of St. Tikhon is celebrated on April 7.
"The more I study the history of the Orthodox Church in this country, the more I am convinced that our work here is God's work; that God himself is helping us . . . we have to guard sacredly the Orthodox faith, to stand firm in it, disregarding the fact that we live in a non-Orthodox country; not giving heed to opinions one hears, such as: 'This is not the Old Country, here. This is a free land.' Therefore, supposedly, we may not have to observe everything that the Church requires. As if the Word of God is suitable only for the Old Country and not for the whole world. As if the Church of Christ is not catholic! As if the Orthodox Faith is not the one that 'sustains the universe!'" - from St. Tikhon's 1907 Speech to the All-American Council in Mayfield, Pennsylvania
March 25 is the Great Feast of the Annunciation. March 26 is the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel.
"Hearken, O Maiden, virgin and pure, that Gabriel may tell the eternal will of the Highest. Make thee ready to receive God; for the Uncontainable shall, through thee, mingle with mankind."
Visit the Department of Sacred Music for liturgical musical resources for the Feast.
The Boy Who Died and the Boy Who Lived: On the Annunciation, by Douglas Cramer
The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, by Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos)
re/Call: In partnership with the Youth Department of the Antiochian Archdiocese Ancient Faith Radio is happy to announce a new podcast just for the youth! It premiered on Saturday, March 22.
Wheat, Wine and Oil: Martha Condra is a culinary expert living in Birmingham and will help us follow faith from the market to the kitchen to the family table. Just in time for Great Lent, Martha will help us plan our Lenten meals and bring a fresh perspective on the role of food in our faith journey.
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O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faintheartedness, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to your servant. Yes, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sin and not to judge my brother, for You are blessed from all ages to all ages. Amen. + The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian
This resource page will be continually updated throughout Great Lent to provide a guide for our collective journey to Holy Pascha on April 27, 2008.
Click here to visit the Great Lent 2008 Resource Center.
This article originally appeared in AGAIN Vol. 28 No.1, Spring 2006.
The fruitfulness of our fasting depends on our mind and on our heart. Without the spirit of fasting, our external asceticism is barren soil. If we fast for the wrong reasons or in the wrong spirit, it can leave us worse off. However, when quickened by the right spirit, this soil yields a rich harvest.
Listen to Ancient Faith Radio's Illumined Heart podcast for a special interview with His
Eminence, Metropolitan KALLISTOS Ware. The guest host on the program is Father Steve Tsichlis, Senior Pastor of Saint Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, California. Their topic is Understanding the Sacraments. Saint Paul’s recently hosted His Eminence, Metropolitan KALLISTOS to Southern California, for a two-day, packed-house seminar to the general public titled, “Drawing Closer to the Savior: The Sacramental Life”.
"Throughout the New Testament, we find stories of St. Paul making use of the tools of his day to communicate the Gospel, to engage in the marketplace of ideas. From ships to the postal service, St. Paul used the communications systems of the Roman Empire in service of our Lord Jesus Christ. This model continues to guide the Church today, as we seek to use well the tools of our society to communicate with each other, and with the world beyond. And the most significant communications technology of today is also the one that is so new that we are all still coming to grips with its place in our lives: the Internet."
Bringing Light to the World Wide Web: Antiochian Archdiocese Online, by Douglas Cramer
An Interview with Charles Ajalat on Orthodox Unity in America, Part 1, by Kevin Allen
Antiochian Women Celebrate Their 35th Anniversary, by Cindy Nimey
NAC SOYO President's Message on Unity Sunday, by Christopher Shadeed
About Ancient Faith Radio, by Julia Wickes
March 2 is the Sunday of The Last Judgment. Read a soul-profiting homily by St. John Chrysostom (347-407) based on Matthew 25:31-41, the Gospel reading for Sunday, March 2.
Wherefore, by the abundance of Thine ineffable compassion, O Christ God, make us worthy of Thine illustrious voice and number us among those who stand at thy right hand.
On February 23, in Miami, Florida, friends and family celebrated with Bishop ANTOUN in commemoration of his 25th Anniversary as bishop. All proceeds from the evening went towards purchasing a Chancery for the Diocese of Miami. The Order of St. Ignatius Chairperson Dan Abraham presented Bishop ANTOUN a check for $100,000 towards the Chancery. We congratulate Bishop ANTOUN and ask that God grant him many years!
Learn more about Bishop ANTOUN
Learn more about the Order of St. Ignatius
On this week's Come Receive the Light radio program, Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Michael Nasser about Project Mexico, a ministry that has been involving young people in the alleviation of suffering by building homes for Mexico's poor. Fr. Michael is the priest at St. Innocent Orphanage and Project Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico.
"As Christians, we need to be in touch directly with people in need, as Christ was. Working at Project Mexico is an act of mercy that Orthodox in North America can be involved with and still be back at school or work on Monday morning," Fr. Michael says about work teams from the United States that serve there.
Listen to the interview with Fr. Michael.
Learn more about Come Receive the Light.
Learn more about Project Mexico.