Feast of the Holy Theophany of Our Lord
O TRINITY supreme in being, in goodness, and in Godhead, almighty, who watchest over all, invisible, incomprehensible, Maker of spiritual beings and rational natures, innate Goodness, Light that none can approach and that lightens every man that comes into the world: Shine also upon me Thine unworthy servant. Enlighten the eyes of my understanding that I may make bold to sing the...
Feast of St Patapius the Righteous of Thebes and the Forefeast of the Conception by St Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos
THE HOLY Catholic and Apostolic Church teaches that the Father exists simultaneously with His only-begotten Son, who is begotten of Him without time or change or passion and in a manner beyond understanding, as only the God of all knows. They exist simultaneously, as does the fire with...
Feast of Sts Pelagia the Righteous and Taisia the Harlot of Egypt
OUR SALVATION is not by the baptism of water alone, but also by the Spirit. Neither is it by the bread and wine alone of communion that we receive the forgiveness of our sins and participation in life, but also by the divinity which mystically accompanies and is unconfusedly mingled with them. We say “mystically” because that divinity... Continue Reading
Feast of St Euplus the Holy Martyr & Archdeacon of Cantania
RADIANCE OF the Father’s glory
Bringing forth light out of light,
Light of light and source of all light,
Daylight, illuminating days.
True sun, come down upon us,
Shining with brightness eternal,
And pour forth into our minds
The Holy Spirit’s brilliance.
Let us pray to the Father, too,
Father of eternal glory,
Father of all-powerful grace,...
Feast of the Righteous Fathers Sergius & Herman, Founders of Valaam Monastery
THIS WEEK, we turned from the one who bore Christ in her womb—the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin, according to the third and fifth Ecumenical Councils—back to theme of light. We’ve looked at light reflected in the souls of the saints and we’ve see the True Light born of the Virgin Mary. Now we turn to the same...
Feast of Venerable Onuphrius the Great
IT IS EXTRAORDINARILY difficult to describe the extraordinary events we four who took care of Father Sergius witnessed during his illness, and the inner experience that we received during the “forty days” of his illness. But to us what we saw—this gift, undeserved like all of God’s gifts—shines for us in all the difficult moments of our lives. How can we be dejected, how...
Feast of Sts Alexander and Antonina the Martyrs
WHILE HE WAS standing in prayer one night, with his own pure intellect communing with the Prime Intellect, he suddenly saw a pure and immense light shining on him from the heavens above, illuminating everything and making it bright as day. He too was illuminated by it, and it seemed that the whole building, along with the cell in which he was...
Feast of St Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria
SERAPHIM: If you knew what sweetness awaits the souls of the just in heaven, you would be resolved to endure all the sorrows, persecutions and insults in this passing life with gratitude. Even if your very cell were full of worms and they gnawed on your flesh throughout your entire life, you would accept it all in order not to lose that heavenly...
Feast of St Joseph the Hymnographer
THE REMEMBRANCE of Christ brings light to one’s mind and drives away the demons, and the light of the Holy Trinity which shines in a pure heart lifts it away from the whole world. When a man participates in this, though he is still on earth, he has a taste of the glory to come, at least in so far as he can,...