Monthly Archives: March 2018

WEEKLY CHURCH PROGRAM | 11 – 18 MARCH 2018

SUNDAY 11 MARCH
† Third Sunday of Lent, St Gregory Palamas | Veneration of the Holy Cross Mark 8:34-9:1
• 7.30 – 11.00am  Orthros and Divine Liturgy

PLEASE NOTE:
GOOD FRIDAY CHOIR PRACTICE FOR ΕΓΚΩΜΙΑ (LΑΜΕΝΤΑΤΙΟΝS) WILL BE TAKING PLACE EVERY SUNDAY STRAIGHT AFTER THE DIVINE LITURGY – UPSTAIRS INSIDE THE CHURCH. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN OUR CHOIR!

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The Cross – God’s Rest Stop for Lent

3rd Sunday of Lent, Veneration of the Holy Cross, Mark 8:34 –9:1

When was the last time you took a road trip – a long car ride for several hours? Did you drive straight through? Not likely. Probably you stopped somewhere along the way. A truck stop, a convenience store, a restaurant or an interstate rest stop or rest area are the most likely places. Our own group of families here at St. George have done it many times traveling to and from basketball tournaments. Why did we break up the long trip with stops along the way? Many reasons actually – besides the obvious “going to the bathroom,” perhaps we’re tired and we need some fresh air or coffee to wake us up; maybe we get sore sitting for so long in our automobile and we need to stretch and walk and get the blood flowing to our extremities; if the trip takes us past noon or 6pm, we’ll stop for lunch or dinner. If traveling the interstate, and you exit to a designated rest area, what’s one of the common rituals, even if you have GPS on your phone or navigator? It’s looking at the big map on the wall and finding the spot or location that is labeled “You Are Here.” We do this because we can get the whole picture of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going. Continue reading

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WEEKLY CHURCH PROGRAM | 4 – 10 MARCH 2018

SUNDAY 4 MARCH
† Second Sunday of Lent, St Gregory Palamas | Mark 2: 1-12
• 7.30 – 11.00am  Orthros and Divine Liturgy

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The blessed Eldress Theosemni

Humble, Merciful, and Ascetic

Let us have a humble spirit. May we be careful to never see the sins of others, only our own sins. We, however, want to fix other people, but don’t want to fix ourselves. Eh…does this happen, though? No, we don’t fix ourselves! Our brother is not to blame for whatever happens, our spiritual condition is to blame. It’s this condition of ours that upsets us, which makes us judgmental, which causes us to get angry. We mustn’t blame others for these things. The causes are within us. If we ever do or think something good, let us not regard it as our own achievement, but the achievement of God. And let us say, “You, my God, You gave it to me. It’s yours and You allowed it and gave me the strength to do it.” In this way, we chase thoughts of vainglory far from us. Continue reading

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Overcoming Paralysis Through Humility: Homily for the Second Sunday of Lent in the Orthodox Church

2nd Sunday of Lent, St Gregory Palamas, Mark 2:1-12

“And though every day a man lives may rightly be a day of repentance, yet is it in these days more becoming, more appropriate, to confess our sins, to fast, and to give alms to the poor; since in these days you may wash clean the sins of the whole year.” – St. John Chrysostom, “The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers”

If we were not aware already that we have much in common with the paralysed man in today’s gospel reading, the first two weeks of Lent have surely opened our eyes a bit to that truth. The struggle to embrace spiritual disciplines quickly shows us that we typically do not control ourselves very well at all. We find it so hard to turn away from our usual self-centred habits when we seek to give more attention to prayer, fasting, and generosity. We are so weak in our ability to stay focused in opening our hearts to the Lord and guarding them from evil thoughts. We have so little strength to resist our addiction to our stomachs and taste buds, and basically to indulging our desires for pleasure in whatever form we want it. We often feel powerless in our struggle to forgive others and mend broken relationships. Taking even small steps to reorient our lives to God through spiritual disciplines should open our eyes to the paralysis of our souls. Continue reading

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WEEKLY PROGRAM 25 FEBRUARY – 3 MARCH 2018

SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY
† First Sunday of Lent, Sunday of Orthodoxy | John 1: 43-51
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