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Feasts & Fasts

March

1 - Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
7 - Third All Souls Saturday
8 - Sunday of Veneration of the Cross
13 - Fourth All-Souls Saturday
14 - Sunday of St. John of the Ladder
19 - Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
21 - Akathistos Saturday
22 - Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
25 - Annunciation to the Mother of God

Mar 28 - Apr 4     Great and Holy Week

Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother. For You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

 

This Week's Scripture

March 1, 2015
Second Sunday of Great Lent (St. Gregory Palamas)
Matins: Luke 24:12-35 (Gospel 5)
Liturgy: Hebrews 1:10-2:3, Mark 2:1-12 (Sunday), Hebrews 7:26-8:2, John 10:9-19 (St. Gregory)

Third Week of Great Lent
Monday: Isaiah 8:13-9:7 (Sixth Hour), Genesis 6:9-22, Proverbs 8:1-21 (Vespers)
Tuesday: Isaiah 9:9-10:4, Genesis 7:1-5, Proverbs 8:32-9:11
Wednesday: Isaiah 10:12-20, Genesis 7:6-9, Proverbs 9:12-18
Thursday: Isaiah 11:10-12:2, Genesis 7:11-8:3, Proverbs 10:1-22
Friday: Isaiah 13:2-13, Genesis 8:4-21, Proverbs 10:31-11:12
Saturday: Hebrews 10:32-38, Mark 2:14-17 (Sat), 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, John 5:24-30 (All Souls)

March 8, 2015
Third Sunday of Great Lent: Veneration of the Holy Cross
Matins: Luke 24:36-53 (Gospel 6)
Liturgy: Hebrews 4:14-5:6, Mark 8:34-9:1

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Every man baptized into Christ should pass progressively through all the stages of Christ's own life, for in Baptism he receives the power so to progress, and through keeping the Commandments he can discover and learn how to accomplish such progression.

St. Gregory of Sinai