At the midpoint of Great Lent, Father Peter Sheko draws worshipers attention to the point of fasting: to work on oneself, overcoming our weakness and limitations. To achieve this personal growth, we require God's help.
The Sunday of the Adoration of the Cross reminds us at this crucial point in our struggle through Lent and its theme of repentance – that it is Christ's Cross, his offering to humanity, that allowed for the restoration of mankind.
Let us observe a fast acceptable and pleasing to the Lord.
The first Sunday of Great Lent is dedicated to the commemoration of the Restoration of Icon Veneration, which occurred in 842 AD under Empress Theodora and Patriarch Michael of Constantinople.
Icon Veneration was the last the final thread of the epoch of Great Councils, 325AD–842AD.
In this sermon, Father Nicholas Karipoff discusses what Orthodoxy means .
What is Orthodoxy? To use a musical analogy it is the correct tone – to sing in tune with heaven. A constant temptation in spiritual life is to slide down to a comfortable level but when we sing alongside an instrument we are given the correct tone. The tone is the Creed, the theological and liturgical writings of the Holy Fathers and Mothers, and the services.