Springtime snow

It started snowing last night and we woke up to a few inches of the white, fluffy stuff this morning. Springtime indeed. It is Holy Week.

Another review of the Holy Week books

When I did my first review, I never thought I would be using them in my home and not while in church at the services of Holy Week. If you were to attend every service during holy Week, you could spend at least 40 hours in church!. That has been ripped away from us but…

Akathist to the Theotokos (Mother of God)

akathist-to-the-theotokos From our parish priest. May it edify you, and give you hope. On the Fifth Saturday of Great Lent, the Saturday of the Akathist, we commemorate the Most Holy Theotokos. In 625, when the emperor Heraclius was fighting the Persians, the Khan sent forces to attack Constantinople by land and by sea. Patriarch Sergius urged the…

Sunday of the Cross

From the OCA website. The Third Sunday of Lent is that of the Veneration of the Cross. The cross stands in the midst of the church in the middle of the lenten season not merely to remind men of Christ’s redemption and to keep before them the goal of their efforts, but also to be…

The prayer rule of St. Seraphim of Sarov

I asked my parish priest if he would bless my rosary. His reply was, ‘Yes, as long as it is being used as a prayer rope.’. Hmmm, not sure entirely what he means; am I not to pray the Roman Catholic rosary? That’s ok because there are plenty of prayers out there and obedience is…

St. Theophan the recluse: Humility

On humility by St Theophan the Recluse There is no need for me to repeat to you that the invincible weapon against all our enemies Is humility. It Is not easily acquired. We can think ourselves humble without having a trace of true humility. And we cannot make ourselves humble merely by thinking about It….

Orthodox Lent…it’s almost here.

I am feeling overwhelmed with Lent already. Are you? What to read, what will be my prayer rule, what to focus on since I cannot do the food fast, etc., etc.? I feel as if I have a myriad of faults to work on. So much work, so little time. I have picked one fault…