On Thursday of this week we reach the 40th day from our Lord’s Resurrection, on which we commemorate His glorious Ascension into Heaven. It the Book of Acts, and in St Luke’s Gospel, we hear a description of how the Lord tells his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promised Holy Spirit to descend. Then, after telling them this, He is carried up into Heaven, as a cloud “receive[s] Him out of their sight.” Continue reading
Category Archives: Feast Days
21 May 2020
Orthros & Divine Liturgy for Feast Day of Saints Constantine and Helen
Jesus enters Jerusalem as King and the people lay palm branches along the road to greet Him. We receive palm branches on this day to acknowledge that we accept Jesus as our King.
Service of the ANNUNCIATION OF THE THEOTOKOS, St Vasilios Church Brunswick
Obviously, the central figure in the Nativity story is Christ Himself, the Logos of God become incarnate as a human being. The next most central figure is the Virgin Mary. Tradition teaches us that the Virgin Mary was born to elderly parents, Ioachim and Anna, who had faith to believe that God would grant them a child in old age. She was chosen by God before her birth for this specific role of carrying the Son of God in her womb and allowing Him to enter the creation as a new-born babe. She was raised in the temple from the age of two or three, and then when she came out of the temple around age fourteen, almost immediately she was betrothed to Joseph, and then visited by the Archangel Gabriel, and asked to be part of the God’s plan for our salvation.