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St Gregory Palamas

Second Sunday of Great Lent

By Great Lent

This the Second Sunday of Great Lent, is dedicated to the memory of the 14th century Saint, Gregory of Palamas.  He initially started out in his life as a young scholar, monastic and eventually Archbishop of Thessaloniki, serving as a shining example to his contemporaries.

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The Triumph of Orthodoxy

Sunday of Orthodoxy

By Great Lent

This Sunday, the first Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy, or the Triumph of Orthodoxy.  This Sunday is an impressive reminder of the centrality of Christ in the Orthodox Church.  It is a spiritual feast during which we Orthodox Christians reaffirm our confession of faith in Jesus Christ and His saving work.  It is the day in which we lift up Christ in praise and glorification.

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Expulsion from Paradise Icon

Sunday of Forgiveness

By Great Lent

This Sunday March 14, 2021 is Cheesefare Sunday, the Sunday of Forgiveness.  The gospel for this the last of the preparatory Sunday’s before Great Lent is from Matthew 6:14-21. Forgiveness is the central theme of this Sunday for let us recall the words of the Apostle Peter, “turn to God, so that He will forgive your sins!” (Acts 3:19).

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Sunday of the Last Judgement

The Sunday of the Last Judgement

By Spirituality

This Sunday we hear the words of the Gospel of the Last Judgement from the Evangelist Matthew 25:31-36. This Sunday is also known as Meatfare Sunday because it is the last day before the Feast of Feasts, on which the eating of meat is allowed. Next week is Cheesefare Sunday, when in addition to refraining from meat, we begin our fasting, according to the Church, from dairy products etc, thus ushering us into the more stricter discipline of Great and Holy Lent.

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Prodigal Son

The Sunday of the Prodigal Son

By Spirituality

On this the last Sunday and day of the month of February 2021, we again hear the Gospel of the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). This gospel lesson is about a son who runs away from his home and his father, squalors away his inheritance and eventually down and out from high living returns home to his welcoming father.

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The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

By Spirituality

With this Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, we Orthodox Christians begin the Lenten Triodion which is the ten-week period of Pre Lent and Great Lenten days ending on the Saturday of Holy Week. Thus, this book the Triodion prescribes the order for the four Pre-Lenten Sundays, the six weeks of Great Lent (40) and Holy Week.

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Mitchell Orrin

Mitchell Orrin

By Memory Eternal

Mitchell Orrin, 72, of Folsom, PA passed away on February 15, 2021. He was born September 19, 1948 in Philadelphia, PA to Leo and Jean Orrin. He graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1967 and attended Villanova University. Mitch married Diane Fisher at Our Lady of All Who Sorrow Russian Orthodox Church in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia on May 1, 1988. They have two sons, Christopher and Michael, a dog, Charlie, and a cat, Lacey.

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The Calling of Zacchaeus

The Sunday of Zacchaeus

By Spirituality

This Sunday February 14, 2021 is called the Sunday of Zacchaeus from the Gospel of Luke chapter 19:1-10.  Zacchaeus was a tax collector for the hated Roman State which practiced oppressive taxation during the times of Jesus.

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The Canaanite Woman & Her Daughter

The Canaanite Woman & Her Daughter

By Spirituality

Today we read the Gospel from the 17th Sunday of Matthew Chapter 15: verses 21-28, concerning the woman of Canaan who approached Jesus as he came to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  She had not been brought up by pious Jewish parents to practice the customs of the Jews and to believe in the living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. She was a Gentile of Canaanite stock, who were old enemies of the Jews.

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