Browsing: Great Lent

Source: The Uppsala Report: Official Report of the Fourth Assembly of the World Council of Churches, July 4-20, 1968 Bishop Ignatius became Patriarch of Antioch in 1979 and served until 2012. Without the Holy Spirit: God is far away, Christ stays in the past, The Gospel is a dead letter, The Church is simply an organization, Authority a matter of domination, Mission a matter of propaganda, Liturgy is no more than an evocation, Christian living a slave morality. But with the Holy Spirit: The cosmos is resurrected and groans with the birth-pangs of the Kingdom, The risen Christ is there,…

Source: Orthodox Church in America BALTIMORE, MD [IOCC] With the season of Great Lent upon us, International Orthodox Christian Charities recently released a printed booklet of weekly reflections on the theme of service as a vocation. Designed for use by Orthodox Christians during the Great Fast, the booklet opens with a message on “the work of love” from His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas, liaison bishop to IOCC from the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. Reflections follow for each Sunday of Lent, penned by IOCC staff members based in the…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Great Lent is our time to prepare for the great feast of Pascha. And we want to help you make the most of it. The Sunday of the Publican & Pharisee is the first day of the Triodion period, which runs all the way through to Holy and Great Saturday. That’s 10 Sundays of incredibly moving Gospel and Epistle readings; passages that will help open our hearts as we prepare ourselves for Pascha. But we all know that understanding the Scripture isn’t easy… That’s why we’ve created a new Live the Word Bible Study…

Source: MYSTAGOGY By His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Mesogaias and Lavreotiki Great Lent is a period of spiritual opportunities and expectations for the entire Church. We wait for it all year with an inner thirst, those often undefined dreams which are yet so deep, because God promises great things for this period, as well as our entire lives. Our purpose is for our soul to climb to heaven, that we may become heavenly people. These days that are opening up before us provide us this opportunity through the struggle of repentance. Let us see therefore some of the characteristics that this…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE Prot. No. 240 CATECHETICAL HOMILY ON THE OCCASION OF THE BEGINNING OF GREAT LENT † B A R T H O L O M E W By the Mercy of God Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church Grace and Peace be with you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ together with our Prayer, Blessing and Forgiveness Beloved brothers and sisters, children in the Lord, The holy fathers, who arranged everything in an orderly manner, instituted a period of ascetic discipline and spiritual purification for…