What is your fruit?

Did you know that the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) prayed for those who were killing her Son? Her beautiful boy, the baby she had carried under her heart for 9 months was hanging between heaven and earth slowing dying as He suffered under the hot sun. The sun He had created. Have you prayed for, Derek…

A prayer for rain

Colorado is in a drought. O Master, Lord our God, Who didst hear Elijah the Tishbite because of his zeal for Thee, and for a time didst command that the rain be held back from being sent to the earth, and again at his prayer didst grant it fruit-bearing rain: Do Thou Thyself, O Master…

Sacraments at home

I have lost count as to how many weeks it has been since I last took the eucharist. Through some personal bungling, I was unable to take it at the last presanctification liturgy I attended. The last time I took it was BEFORE the shut down. I don’t want to make vows because the devil…

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…

The ox and the donkey

Have you ever wondered at the icon of the Nativity and why there is an ox and a donkey pictured (there is a bigger meaning than Jesus being born in a stable). Isaiah 1:3the ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; but Israel does not know, my people do not consider.” (This…

Giving up the Internet for Lent? Not me.

Saint Isidore was born in the middle of the sixth century, and was related to the Visigoth royal family who converted to Orthodoxy from Arianism during his lifetime. Saint Isidore was the brother of three saints: Saint Leander (February 27), Saint Fulgentius, and Saint Florentina. Orphaned at an early age, he was educated by his…