“The Lord has sent deliverance unto His people.”, (Psalm 111:9) Christmas is the feast of giving. As the above communion verse of the Nativity Divine Liturgy, which is taken from the Psalms, indicates the Lord gives us the prime example: He sent to us the gifts of His grace and delivered us from the power
Sixty minutes is the time we spend watching some genuinely good, interesting and educational programs on Television. Sixty minutes is the time we spend watching one half or one third of a football or baseball game on television. Sixty minutes is the time we spend watching our favorite detective, comedy, or variety show on the
My beloved St. Stefanos, I hope this issue of the Light finds all of you in good health, happiness and in God’s loving spirit! We have had an amazing start in September to our new Ecclesiastical year. We have begun all of our youth ministries again and it is exciting to see all of our
The Orthodox Church celebrates the Ecclesiastical New Year in September. A tradition for the New Year is to make New Year’s resolutions. In January we make physical resolutions, and in September, spiritual resolutions. What are those spiritual resolutions we can make: to bring ourselves closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Is Christ within
Countries may differ on boundaries and on international strategies. They may argue over many things and even disagree over methods of pursuing peace, but there is one thing that in whatever dialect used, by whatever mode of expression shown, they all agree that the best loved word everywhere is MOTHER.
Join us for a special Holy Friday Retreat for all Church School families Friday, April 29th 11:00am to 4:00pm Students from PreK through 6th grades will participate in group sessions and discussions. Each lesson will bring to life the theology and symbols of the Church. A Lenten lunch and craft project will be included. Most
“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” This verse poses a timely and serious question to all Orthodox Christians. The Orthodox Holy Week and Pascha celebration gives us the extra ordinary opportunity to be THERE, from His Pas-sion to the news of His Resurrection.
When the word “Lent” is mentioned, some Christians react in a rather negative way. The images which come to mind are often those of removing pleasant things and activities from our daily life – indeed for a full seven weeks! Favorite tasty foods are removed and less tasty foods substituted. Social events and their good
The Orthodox Church liturgical life is dominated by two very important periods: THE TRIODION and THE PENTECOSTARION. The Triodion period contains the prepara-tion for the Great Lent and Holy Week. The Pentecosarion period covers the time span from Easter to Pentecost. The Triodion which will begin this year on Sunday, February 21st, is symbolic of
They searched for Him on the snow packed peaks of Mount Olympus. They sculptured marble into forms of graceful beauty to express the longing of their minds. They raised columns and monuments to His name. They transformed beauty and harmony into art. They attempted to contain Him in architecturally marveled white temples, which they proudly