Great and Holy Lent

Synaxis of the Venerable Fathers of the Kiev Caves Lavra

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ Our Only True God and Our Only True Savior,
Christ is in our midst! He was and is and ever shall be.  Ο Χριστός έν τώ μέσω ημών.  Και ήν και έστι και έσται.

THE PRAYER OF SAINT EPHRAIM THE SYRIAN

O Lord and Master of my life, do not give me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power and idle talk. But give rather a spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Your servant. Yes, Lord and King grant me to see my own transgressions and not to judge my brother for blessed are You unto ages of ages. Amen.

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Pastoral Message: Iconography

St. Luke the Apostle and Evangelist Writing an Icon of the Theotokos

As the Prophets beheld, as the Apostles have taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers have dogmatized, as the Universe has agreed, as Grace has illumined, as Truth has revealed, as falsehood has been dissolved, as Wisdom has presented, as Christ has triumphed; this we believe, this we declare, this we preach: Christ our True God, and His Saints we honor in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in Temples, in Icons, on the one hand bowing down and worshipping Christ as God and Master, on the other hand honoring the Saints as true servants of he Master of all, and offering to them due veneration.

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