The fourth Sunday of Great Lent

Church of Serbia - 18/3/18 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, How much it must grieve a father or a mother to see his or her child suffering without reason. To undergo pain and confusion — for what? Where is God in our plight — we may often ask ourselves. Where is God in all this pain ...

Our Righteous Father John of Sinai, author of “The Ladder of Divine Ascent”

Church of Serbia - 18/3/18 St John Climacus of Sinai accepted the ascetical life from the age of about sixteen and was tonsured as a monk three or four years later. Then, at the age of 35, he isolated himself from the world and lived as a hermit for 40 years at a monastery church called ...

Greater Philadelphia Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers

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. Mark Orthodox ...

Saint John of the Ladder (Climacus)

1/4/14 St. John Climacus is honored by the Church as a great ascetic and as the author of a remarkable work entitled, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, and therefore he has been named “Climacus,” or “of the Ladder.” There has been very little information preserved about his origin. Tradition tells us that he was born in around ...