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  • Christ is Risen!

    O Death, where is thy sting?
    O Hell, where is thy victory?

    Christ is risen, and thou art overthrown!  Christ is risen,
    and the demons are fallen!
    Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
    Christ is risen, and life reigns!
    Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave.
    For Christ, being risen from the dead,
    Is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

  • Indeed, He is Risen!

    We greet you with Paschal joy on this day of Resurrection!  May the love of the risen Lord be with you always!

    Paschal Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon

    Paschal Message of HIs Eminence, Archbsihop Benjamin

  • Ordination Photos

    On Bright Saturday, April 22, His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin ordained Archdeacon Kirill to the Holy Priesthood and assigned him as Associate Priest at the Cathedral. Many years to newly ordained Archpriest Kirill and Matushka Sophia!

    A gallery of photographs is available: on Facebook (no Facebook account required!)

  • Upcoming

    Sat, Apr 29: 6:00 pm Vigil.

    Sun, Apr 30: 10:00 am Divine Liturgy, followed by fellowship meal. 12:30 Study Group with Prof. Antokhin.

    Wed, May 3: 6:00 pm Vespers.

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Forgiveness and the Gift of Lent

by Fr. Alexander Schmemann

A Homily delivered to the community at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary

Forgiveness Sunday of 1983

As once more we are about to enter the Great Lent, I would like to remind us – myself first of all, and all of you my fathers, brothers, and sisters – of the verse that we just sang, one of the stichera, and that verse says:"Let us begin Lent, the Fast, with joy." 

Only yesterday we were commemorating Adam crying, lamenting at the gates of Paradise, and now every second line of the Triodion and the liturgical books of Great Lent will speak of repentance, acknowledging what dark and helpless lives we live, in which we sometimes are immersed. And yet, no one will prove to me that the general tonality of Great Lent is not that of a tremendous joy! Not what we call "joy" in this world – not just something entertaining, interesting, or amusing – but the deepest definition of joy, that joy of which Christ says: "no one will take away from you" (Jn. 16:22). Why joy? What is that joy?

So many people under various influences have come to think of Lent as a kind of self–inflicted inconvenience. Very often in Lent we hear these conversations: "What do you give up for Lent?" – it goes from candy to, I don’t know what. There is the idea that if we suffer enough, if we feel the hunger enough, if we try by all kinds of strong or light ascetical tools, mainly to "suffer" and be "tortured," so to speak, it would help us to "pay" for our absolution. But this is not our Orthodox faith. Lent is not a punishment. Lent is not a kind of painful medicine that helps only inasmuch as it is painful...

  • Feb 25 2017

Lenten Message of Archbishop Benjamin

Dearly beloved,

After the preparatory weeks getting us ready for Great Lent, we come to the First Sunday of the Fast. There are two themes to this Sunday. The first theme, of course, is historical: the restoration of icons for use in worship and devotion in the Church after many years of iconoclasm. The second is the theme echoed by Philip: Come and See.

These themes are related to each other...

  • Feb 24 2017

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