A Most-Profitable Vacation in Great Lent?



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The Cross, the Symbol of Victory


Varnavas, Metropolitan of Neapolis and Stavroupolis

In the middle of Holy and Great Lent, the Church places before the faithful the Honourable Cross of the Lord for us to venerate and draw strength from, so that we can continue the gruelling but lambent journey towards Great Week.

This decision is judicious and full of meaning, my brothers and sisters. Because the Cross of Our Lord is the pre-eminent symbol of life and sanctification in our lives. Whereas, through the wood (that is the tree) of disobedience, Adam lost the delights of Paradise, through the wood of the Cross, the new Adam, Christ, has again opened up the gates of Eden to humankind. The sacrifice of the Cross is the means by which the great chasm created by human sin has been bridged and by which God has been reconciled to us. This is why the principal throne of Christ is His Cross, rather than any worldly dominion. Read More. 


Live Q & A with Fr. Gregory: What Happens to the Soul After Death


Fr. Gregory Joyce is the Rector of St. Vladimir’s Church, part of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.  Fr. Gregory served at Holy Trinity Monastery on the clerical staff and taught English and English as a Second Language at Holy Trinity Monastery during the academic year 1995-96. He received his Pastoral Theological Certificate from Holy Trinity Monastery in 1996. Later that same year Fr. Gregory was appointed Rector of St. Vladimir’s Church by Archbishop Alypy. In addition to being the Rector of St. Vladimir’s and Dean of the Diocesan Seminary, Fr. Gregory is the Secretary of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America, and the Dean of the Michigan parishes of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America. Fr. Gregory and Matushka Elizabeth make their home in Saline, MI with their three children.  Watch Now.



Thankfully She Said "Yes!"

We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team, with Roger Hunt providing today’s Daily Reading: Listen Now

The Journey to the Cross and Resurrection of Christ

And Mary said, “Behold I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”  Luke 1:38

Good morning Prayer Team!

The Archangel Gabriel came to a village named Nazareth, and visited a young girl named Mary, who, history tells us, was probably fourteen years old at the time of the Archangel’s visit.  The Archangel brought her extraordinary news:  She was going to bear God’s Son.  His birth would be caused by the Holy Spirit, not by the man to whom she was betrothed.  The angel didn’t immediately announce to Mary that her Son would die a horrific death.  What would have been apparent right away to Mary was that her reputation would be on the line—how would she explain becoming pregnant to Joseph, or to anyone else?   This very young, very alone (remember Mary’s parents died when she was very young) woman was being presented with an overwhelming task.  Read More.






Historic Moments at the Holy Sepulchre: Repaired by Greek Experts, the Holy Canopy has been Returned to Use


Pepi Ekonomaki

After many months of work by an inter-disciplinary team from the Metsovio National Technical University, under the leadership of Professor Antonia Moropoulou, the Canopy of the Most Holy Sepulchre is now fully restored and once more ready to receive the countless pilgrims who flock to Jerusalem on a daily basis. Read More.





A Most-Profitable Vacation in Great Lent?


I have a sweet and dear parishioner who comes from an Old Rite background. She was describing to me the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete–that beautiful hymned dialogue between the self and the soul—as it is served in the Old Believer parish where she is from.

“Father, we do 1,000 prostrations the first night. It is so beautiful!”

She described the service as much longer than we serve—our tradition is to serve a quarter of the Canon each night for four nights, inside the service of Great Compline. I wonder if there they serve the whole Canon each night—the service is 4 hours long, and they do a prostration at every sticheron—every versicle.

With a most-remarkable joy—even a giggle of joy, I’d say, she described also her love of the 4-hour services.  Read More.







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