Celebrating the Feast Day of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary and Greek Independence Day

Our beloved parish of Saint Andrew will be celebrating two great events,  the Feast-Day of the Annunciation and the Greek Independence Day on Sunday, March 26th immediately following the Divine Liturgy. The celebration is hosted by the St. Andrew Ladies Philoptochos Society Chapter under the chairmanship of Mary Jo Tirikos.

Read More

Redemption According to Orthodox Christianity (Part II)

Christ is the incarnate Logos/Word of God. He is the Teacher and Master sent by God to the world. He is the embodiment of God Himself in human form. He is "the image of the invisible God" (Col. 1:15). In Him "the fullness of Divinity dwells bodily" (Col. 2:9). The person who sees Jesus sees God the Father (St. John 14:9). He is the "reflection of the glory of God and the express image of His person" (Heb. 1:3). He is the "Light of the world" Who "enlightens every man...coming into the world" (St. John 8:12, 1:9). To be saved by Jesus Christ is first of all to be enlightened by Him; to see Him as the Light, and to see all things in the light of Him. It is to know Him as "the Truth" (St. John 14:6); and to know the truth of Him.

Read More

The Cross in Our Life

Third Kathisma. Eighth Tone

Upon tasting the fruit of the tree in the Paradise of Old, I was stripped naked, and death was brought in by the enemy. But now the tree of the Cross has been set upon the earth. It clothes people with life and the whole world has been filled with joy. As we behold the Cross venerated, O People, let us all cry out in faith and with one voice, "His house is full of glory."

Read More

Mid-Lent: The Holy Cross

The third Sunday of Holy and Great Lent is called "The Veneration of the Cross." At the Vigil of that day, after the Great Doxology, the Cross is brought in a solemn procession to the center of the church and remains there for the entire week--with a special rite of veneration following each service. It is noteworthy that the theme of the Cross which dominates the hymnology of that Sunday is developed in terms not of suffering but of victory and joy. More than that, the theme-songs (hirmoi) of the Sunday Canon are taken from the Paschal Service--"The Day of the Resurrection"--and the Canon is a paraphrase of the Paschal Canon.

Read More

Orthodox Christian Spirituality and a Life of Virtue (Part II)

Lord have mercy (40 times)

O Christ Our God, Who at all times and at every hour, both in heaven and on earth, are worshiped and glorified, long-suffering and plenteous in mercy and compassion; Who love the just and show mercy to the sinners; Who call all men to salvation through the promise of the blessings to come: Do You, the same Lord, receive also our supplications at this present time, and direct our lives according to Your Commandments. Sanctify our souls; purify our bodies; set our minds right; clear up our thoughts, and deliver us from every sorrow, evil and distress. Surround us with Your holy Angels so that being guarded and guided by their presence, we may arrive at the unity of the faith and the knowledge of Your ineffable Glory; for Blessed are You unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Read More