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St. Mary of Egypt

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Great Lent is a time when the Church especially calls to examine our spiritual lives. It is a time for our repentance. But repentance is hard work, and often we become discouraged. No matter how hard we try to break away from our bad habits and passions, we keep failing. Then we might even start to believe that because of our many and continual spiritual defeats, we are beyond salvation, that God will not forgive us. We lose sight of the fact that God wants our salvation. We stop believing that there is no sin or passion that He will not forgive and help us overcome in time if we are sincerely repenting. To encourage us in our perseverance, the Church on the fifth Sunday of Great Lent gives us a magnificent example of true repentance and great heights achieved by a great sinner. This example is given to us by St. Mary of Egypt. Every Orthodox Christian must read the life of this great saint. You can find her life on Wikipedia. Her life is too long to be given here; therefore, I will summarize only a few  important moments and urge you to read the complete life as compiled by St. Sophrony of Jerusalem. (continue)

Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

As we approach the fifth week of Great Lent, the Church continues her care for our spiritual growth by reminding us who our greatest enemy is in our pursuit of salvation. The Church not only reveals his identity but also shows us how we can best defeat him. This crucial information is found in the Gospel reading on Sunday. (continue)

Sunday of the Holy Cross
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: 

Through God's mercy and Grace, we are approaching the midpoint of our journey to the joyous celebration of Pascha. This Sunday is called the Sunday of the Cross, as near the end of the vigil on Saturday evening, the Cross is brought out and placed in the middle of the church for veneration. It will remain there the entire fourth week of Great Lent. For those who had faithfully begun fasting from the beginning of Great Lent and maybe at this point are starting to grow weak, seeing the cross is a wonderful reminder and encouragement. We are half way there and if we just strengthen our will a bit more, we will very soon be celebrating. For those who have not yet begun to fast, seeing the cross is a stern reminder that it is imperative to begin to fast without delay, before Great Lent is completely past us. We cannot celebrate the holiday in a worthy manner not having prepared ourselves through the fast.

Seeing the cross is also a reminder to us of what a Christian life according to the Cross consists of. The Gospel reading we will hear on Sunday describes to us what the Lord expects of us in order for us to live such a life. The Gospel reading is as follows: (continue)
Почитателям Блаженной Матроны Московской

В кафедральный собор передана великая святыня - частица мощей Блаженной Матроны Московской. Для достойного принятия этой святыни заказан художественный киот в который будет вставлен мощевик. С благословения архиепископа Кирилла проводится СБОР на киот. Пожертвования можно либо оставить у свечного стола, либо лично передать прот. Петру Перекрестову.
Miraculous Healing of the Paralytic

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The Savior blesses us to begin the third week of Great Lent with the details of a wonderful healing done by Him from which we can receive an important spiritual lesson.

The Disciples Pick Corn on the Sabbath Mark 2:23-28
1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. (continue)

Sunday of Orthodoxy 2014
Triumph of Orthodoxy

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Congratulations to all of you on the completion of the first week of Great Lent. Only six weeks remain to the glorious celebration of celebrations, Pascha. May God strengthen us with His divine Grace and blessing to complete the remaining weeks with great profit and for the betterment of our spiritual life. The second week of Great Lent begins this Sunday during which the Triumph of Orthodoxy is proclaimed. The reason for this is given below.

When we walk into an Orthodox Church, we are overwhelmed with the otherworldly beauty and substance that is found there. It is as if we have left our world and have entered a completely different dimension. We are surrounded by God, His Most-Holy Mother, and the saints. We are taken back in time to accompany our Savior throughout His earthly life. We witness His suffering and death. We gloriously watch His Resurrection. We grieve with the apostles when the Savior leaves this world to ascend back into Heaven. But we are joyously comforted with the sight of the Holy Spirit descending from Heaven to establish Christ's Church on earth. And we come face to face with all the wonderful saints of the Church whose lives we have heard about or may have read. All of these edifying experiences are made possible through the presence of icons. (continue)

Forgiveness Sunday
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Congratulations! We have come to the threshold of Great Lent. Our common Mother, the Church, has spent several weeks preparing us for this moment both physically and spiritually. Only one more thing remains to be done. Before we begin the work of repenting and reconciling our lives with the expectations that our Savior has of us, we must all be reconciled with each other.. (continue)
Молебен об «умножении любви и искоренении всякой ненависти и злобы»
В связи с политическими событиями, происходящими ныне на Украине, по благословению Его Высокопреосвященства Кирилла, архиепископа Сан-Францисского и Западно-Американского, в кафедральном соборе "Всех скорбящих Радости" в воскресенье 23 февраля в 5 часов вечера будет отслужен молебен об «умножении любви и искоренении всякой ненависти и злобы». После окончания молебна состоится заупокойная лития
+Епископ Феодосий
In relation to the political events that are now transpiring in the Ukraine, and with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill, on Sunday the 23rd of February at 5pm a molebien "for the increase of love..." will be served at Holy Virgin Cathedral. Following the molebien a litia for the departed will be served.
+Bishop Theodosy
Sunday of the Dread Judgment
February 21, 2014

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

After this Sunday, only one week remains before the start of Great Lent. The Church has been preparing us spiritually for the last three weeks by giving us wonderful lessons in the Sunday Gospel readings. The Church has also been preparing us bodily by gradually easing us into the diet that we are expected to keep during fasting period. Two weeks ago, the week was a fast-free week where we were freed from fasting on Wednesday and Friday. Last week the fasting on those two days was reinstated. This coming week, starting on Monday, is called cheese-fare week. On this week we give up all forms of meat (this includes chicken). In this way, when we begin the fast, our bodies are not stressed by the severe change in our diet. At the same time, we need to remember that we are preparing our bodies for fasting. Therefore, we should not be tempted by the strange tradition that has evolved of making this week one of satiating ourselves with such foods as blini. We can enjoy our blini in good measure and not stun our bodies with the severe overeating followed by strict fasting on Monday....continue
«Люди открыли свои души…»
Интервью с архиепископом Сан-Францисским и Западно-Американским Кириллом о его поездке в Японию и Россию в ноябре 2013 года

An interview with Archbishop Kyrill about his recent trip to Japan and the Far East with the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God.
Meeting of the Lord/ Prodigal Son

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This weekend our Church celebrates two important holidays, both of which give us very important lessons for our spiritual life. The first is one of the twelve major feasts days of the church year, the Meeting of the Lord....continue

The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
February 5, 2014

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The Church this Sunday begins to prepare us for the approach of Great Lent. Since in Great Lent we are called to battle against our sinful passions, the preparation is begun with a discussion on what can be called the mother of all passions which is pride.

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