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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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