Great Lent

Hegumen Evfimy (Logvinov) Reposes in the Lord

October 9, 2017 News
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The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia – 9/10/17 +Memory Eternal+ At 3:15 pm on October 5, 2017, Hegumen Evfimy (Logvinov), resident and clergyman of St Job of Pochaev Monastery in Munich, reposed in the Lord at the age of 64. Fr Evfimy’s monastic-rite funeral will […]

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The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

April 9, 2017 Featured
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Church of Serbia – April 2017 The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the earliest Christian feasts, and was already being celebrated in the fourth century. There is a painting of the Annunciation in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome dating from the second century. The Council of Toledo in 656 mentions the Feast, […]

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Greater Philadelphia Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers

March 30, 2017 Featured
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Church of Serbia – 30/3/17 The Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Philadelphia and faithful gathered together at St. Mark Orthodox Church (OCA), for Lenten Vespers on the Sunday of St. John Climacus. Celebrating clergy were: Fr. Stephen Hut nick (Sts. Peter and Paul Ukranian Orthodox Church, president of the Clergy Brotherhood), Fr. Martin Browne (St. […]

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THE FEAST OF THE BOILED WHEAT MIRACLE AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

March 9, 2017 Featured
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The Patriarchate of Jerusalem – March 2017 On Saturday of the first week of Great Lent, the memory of the miracle of the boiled wheat by St. Theodore Tyron the Great Martyr was celebrated by the Patriarchate at the Holy Monastery dedicated to him, which is on the west side of the Patriarchate towards the New […]

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Why we fast and mourn?

March 5, 2017 Featured
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The Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi – The Orthodox Monastic Republic of Mount Athos – March 2017 Why we fast and mourn? – Photo journal from Vespers of Forgiveness Mourning, according to God, is sadness of soul, and the disposition of a sorrowing heart, which ever madly seeks that for which it thirsts; and […]

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The purpose of fasting is to meet Christ : Patriarch Daniel says on Beginning of Great Lent

March 2, 2017 Featured
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Aurelian Iftimiu – Basilica News Agency – 2/3/17 10 Quotes from Patriarch Daniel on Fasting Many faithful prayed on Clean Monday during the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete, officiated by Patriarch Daniel at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest. The Primate of the Romanian Orthodox Church addressed the faithful present at the Great Compline officiated […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch urges faithful to be vigilant and renew their lives in catechetical homily on the beginning of Great Lent

March 2, 2017 Featured
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Aurelian Iftimiu – Basilica News Agency – March 2017 CATECHETICAL ENCYCLICAL ON THE OPENING OF GREAT LENT + B A R T H O L O M E W By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church May the Grace and Peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus […]

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The Rule of Fasting in the Orthodox Church

February 27, 2017 Featured
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Church of Serbia – 27/2/17 In answer to numerous requests from readers, the rule of fasting is given for each day of the year. Where no indication of fast is given, and during “fast-free weeks,” all foods may be eaten (except during Cheese-fare Week, when meat alone is forbidden every day). Where “fast day” is […]

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Wedding of Cana – Beginning of the Great Lent

February 27, 2017 Featured
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 27/2/17 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of the Sunday of the Wedding of Cana, which is the beginning of the Great Lent, at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Damascus. He was assisted by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of […]

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“Be like Living Stones” – Syriac Patriarchal Encyclical of the Great Lent 2017

February 26, 2017 Featured
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 26/2/17 IN THE NAME OF THE SELF-EXISTENCE SEMPITERNAL OF NECESSARY EXISTENCE THE ALMIGHTY – IGNATIUS PATRIARCH OF THE HOLY SEE OF ANTIOCH AND ALL THE EAST – SUPREME HEAD OF THE UNIVERSAL SYRIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THE WORLD APHREM II We extend our apostolic benediction, benevolent prayers and greetings to our brethren, […]

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World War III: why and when?

January 14, 2017 Featured News

The Monastery of Vatopedi – The Orthodox Monastic Republic of Mount Athos – 14/1/17 A pilgrim asked a monk, “When will the Third World War happen, and why?” The monk replied, “What is most important is the ‘why’. The greatest problem in the world today is not sin – even though indeed the sins are […]

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JACK HANICK AND HIS FAMILY HAVE BEEN RECEIVED INTO ORTHODOXY IN MOSCOW

May 10, 2016 Featured News

Tsargrad – 10/5/16 Recently one of the founding producers of the Fox News American conservative TV channel Jack Hanick accepted a work invitation to Russia, and on April 30, Holy Saturday, he and his family members were baptized at the church of the Holy Martyr Tatiana at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Everybody was welcome to the […]

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Sermon by Hieromonk Methodius (Yogel) on Palm Sunday

April 23, 2016 Featured News

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia- 23/4/16 He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord  Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt. Jerusalem is abuzz… Jerusalem trembles with joyous excitement… So close is the dawn of her […]

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People Don’t Fast Because They Don’t Know the Meaning of Lent – Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany

April 2, 2016 Featured News

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia – April 2016 For many people, Great Lent is a time, let’s be honest, of difficulty and sorrow. Statistics show that every year only 3-5% of those who call themselves Orthodox Christians observe Lent, and even those don’t adhere […]

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SVOTS Successful Saturday Event Launches Pope Shenouda Book

March 20, 2016 Featured News

SVOTS- SVS Press – March 2016 On the Saturday afternoon before the start of Great Lent, the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium was filled to capacity for a book launch hosted by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press (SVS Press). The event celebrated the release of the first title in the groundbreaking “Coptic Studies Series,” The Life of Repentance and Purity. (View […]

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Prayer Beseeching the Mercy of God and Peace in Syria

February 21, 2016 Featured News

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate  21/2/16 On the occasion of the Great Lent according to the Catholic Churches, the Greek Catholic Melkite Patriarchate called for a common prayer to beseech the mercy of God and for peace in Syria. The celebrational prayer took place at the Lady of Dormition Patriarchal Cathedral at Haret El-Zaytoun in Damascus. His Holiness Patriarch […]

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“I Confess With Faith” to be Recited each Lenten Friday in the Mother Cathedral

February 19, 2016 Featured News

February 2016 With the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; every Friday during Great Lent, the “I Confess With Faith” prayers of Patriarch St. Nerses the Graceful (1166-1173) will be recited in the Mother Cathedral during Evening Service, by pupils from different secondary schools of Armenia. On February […]

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What Is a “Selfie?”

April 7, 2015 Featured News

April 2015 As we approach the final days of Great Lent, I would like to turn my attention to a theme that surfaces often in my teaching and preaching in addition to my reflection and reading—the contemporary preoccupation and obsession with the “self.”  From therapists to talk-show hosts and even “spiritual teachers,” we are enjoined […]

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Sermon by Hieromonk Methodius (Yogel) on Palm Sunday

April 5, 2015 Featured News

April 2015 He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt. Jerusalem is abuzz… Jerusalem trembles with joyous excitement… So close is the dawn of her rising up, her resurrection in the brilliance of her former glory. The righteous soul of […]

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Fifth Sunday in Lent + St. Mary of Egypt

March 28, 2015 Featured News

March 2015 Thou didst sever with the sword of abstinence the snares of the soul and the passion of the body, O righteous one. And by the silence of asceticism thou didst choke the sins of thought. And by the stream of thy tears thou didst water the whole wilderness, bringing forth for us the […]

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The Great Lent: Message From Patriarch John X

March 14, 2015 Featured News

14/3/15 By God’s mercy John X, Patriarch of Antioch and all East Brethren, Pastors of the Holy Church of Antioch; Beloved children in all dioceses in this apostolic see Brethren and dearest spiritual children, whose strength and anticipation in God, strengthen ours; Entering this redemptive period which leads us to the Cross (of Christ) and […]

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