"God is a fire that warms and kindles the heart and inward parts. Hence, if we feel in our hearts the cold which comes from the evil - for the devil is cold - let us call on the Lord. He will come to warm our hearts with perfect love, not only for Him but also for our neighbor, and the cold of him who hates the good will flee before the heat of His countenance."
March 24, 2018 Saturday of Saint Lazarus the Righteous -Liturgy: Hebrews 12:28-13:8, John 11:1-45
March 25, 2018 Feast of the Annunciation to thhe Mother of God Palm Sunday The Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem - Vespers: Exodus 3:1-8, Proverbs 8:22-30 (Annunciation), Genesis 49:1,2,8-12, Zephaniah 3:14-19, Zechariah 9:9-15 (Palm Sunday) - Matins: Luke 1:39-49, 56 (Annunciation), Matthew 21:1-11,15-17 (Palm Sunday) - Liturgy: Hebrews 2:11-18, Luke 1:24-38 (Annunciation), Philippians 4:4-9, John 12:1-18 (Palm Sunday)
Feasts & Fasts
February 2 - Encounter of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ with Simeon and Anna 3 - First All-Souls Saturday 4 - Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare) 11 - Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare) 12 - Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast 18 - First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy) 19 - Washington's Birthday (President's Day) (USA) 24 - Second All-Souls Saturday 25 - Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)
"They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword...." (Hebrews 11:37a)
Please lift up in prayer all those who are persecuted and deprived of liberty, everywhere in the world. Please especially remember the peoples of Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Niger - the whole Middle East and Africa - who are literal martyrs for Christ. Also the peoples of Ukraine. They are our brothers, for all are one in Christ.
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O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)
Rather 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)
"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)
Pray Without Ceasing
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Wisdom from the Church Fathers
Why do you beat the air and run in vain? Every occupation has a purpose, obviously. Tell me then, what is the purpose of all the activity of the world? Answer, I challenge you! It is vanity of vanity: all is vanity.