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

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 Feb. 27 and ...

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

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

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 Christ ...

The Rule of Fasting in the Orthodox Church

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 indicated ...

Wedding of Cana – Beginning of the Great Lent

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 the Patriarchal ...

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

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, His Beatitude Mor ...

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

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 festive ...

Sermon by Hieromonk Methodius (Yogel) on Palm Sunday

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 rising up, her ...

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

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 to ...

SVOTS Successful Saturday Event Launches Pope Shenouda Book

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 the ...

Prayer Beseeching the Mercy of God and Peace in Syria

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 Mor Ignatius ...

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

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 19, the ...

What Is a “Selfie?”

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 to ...

Sermon by Hieromonk Methodius (Yogel) on Palm Sunday

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 the Jews suffered under ...

The Great Lent: Message From Patriarch John X

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 the dawn of His and thus our ...

THE SERVICE OF THE GREAT COMPLINE AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

On the evening of Lent Monday, the 10th/23rd of February 2015, the service of the Great Compline was held at the monastic church of Sts Constantine and Helen. The service will be officiated every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the duration of the Great Lent, until Holy Wednesday, by the serving hieromonk. Patriarch Theophilos ...

The Great Lent by St John of Shanghai and San Francisco

24/2/15 The doors of repentance are opening, Great Lent is beginning. Every year Great Lent is repeated, and each time it brings us great benefit if we spend it as we should. It is a preparation for the life to come and, more immediately, a preparation for the Bright Resurrection. Just as a stairway is built into ...

THE GREAT LENT – A Week by Week Meaning

Rev. George Mastrantonis - February 2015 THE INSTITUTE OF LENT There are institutes and symbols adopted by nations, churches or groups of men which represent certain ideals accumulated in the past. These institutes, that is precepts recognized as authoritative, and symbols represent the thoughts and feelings of those who created or adopted them and put in them ...

Catechetical Homlily for Holy and Great Lent (2015)

Prot. No. 133 CATECHETICAL HOMILY At the Opening of Holy and Great Lent + BARTHOLOMEW By God’s grace 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 Christ be with you Together with our Prayer, Blessing and Forgiveness *  *  * “The arena of virtues has ...

The Barren Fig Tree

April 2014 Homily delivered at the Bridegroom Matins Service at the Chapel of Saint Sergius of Radonezh April 13, 2014. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. In the Gospel reading we have just heard, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ offers 3 parables for our edification. The first parable speaks ...