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  • Many Years!

    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!

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  • The Gift of the Holy Spirit

    "The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles on the day of the Pentecost represents the conclusion of Christ’s salutary task and the birth of His Church in this world. The Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles in the form of fiery tongues and endowed them with the gift of preaching which was understood and accepted by all people, all nations..." Read More

  • Summer Saints

    Don't let the lazy days of summer pull you away!  Summertime in the Orthodox Church is full of saintly celebrations and milestones in the life of the church.  We begin, shortly after Pentecost, with the Apostles' Fast of Saints Peter and Paul until our annual commemoration of their lives and works on June 29th.  Read Augustine of Hippo's sermon on Apostles Peter and Paul here

  • Upcoming

    Sat, June 24: Nativity of John the Baptist - 9:00 am Divine Liturgy; 6:00 pm Vigil.

    Sun, June 25: 10:00 am Divine Liturgy, followed by fellowship meal.

    Wed, June 28: 6:00 pm Great Vespers.

    Thu, June 29: SS. PETER AND PAUL - 9:00 am Divine Liturgy.

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Exaltation of the Cross

The Exaltation of the Cross is celebrated twice during the ecclesiastical year.  The first time, and one of the twelve great feasts, is September 14.  The second celebration occurs in the spring, at the vigil service of the third Sunday of Great Lent. Immediately after the singing of the Great Doxology of Matins, the Cross of Christ is brought in solemn procession to the center of the church building. It remains enthroned there for the entire middle week of Lent for the veneration and contemplation of the faithful.

The cross was the instrument of capital punishment in the Roman Empire in the time of Jesus. Criminals were executed by being tied or nailed to the cross. According to the Law of the Old Testament, anyone who was crucified was considered as a sinner cursed by God: Cursed be every one who hangs on a tree. (Deuteronomy 21 :23) . . . 

 

Sunday of Orthodoxy

We venerate Thy most pure image, O Good One!

Priest Vladimir Sakovich
1919

The first Sunday of the Great Fast is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy. On this day, in commemoration of the victory of Orthodoxy over heresies, the holy Church, as a loving Mother, invites her faithful children to venerate and honor in piety the holy icons of the Savior, the Mother of God and the Saints.

At the start of the eighth century in the Church there began a catastrophe that continued for more than a hundred years. A cruel persecution arose against the holy icons and those who venerated them. The holy vessels used in the celebration of divine services were trampled under foot, because the Saints were depicted on them. Everywhere holy icons were removed, taken from the temples and cast into rivers or burned. The defenders of the veneration of icons were subjected to all possible kinds of persecution, even capital punishment. At that time many bishops, priests and others were tortured for venerating the holy icons. They were shut up in prisons and tortured. Some had their noses or ears cut off. Others had their eyes put out or their hands severed. But the word of Christ, that the gates of Hell should not prevail against the holy Church, and that He would remain with it until the end of the age is immutable. In the year 842, after the last enemy of the veneration of icons finished his days in horrible torment, the emperor Theophilus and his wife the empress Theodora put an end to the persecution and unrest...

  • Mar 20 2016

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