Sunday & Weekday Services
9:00am - Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Tenth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:1-14
At that time, being raised from the dead, Jesus revealed himself to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any fish?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish. The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Mode. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6.
BRETHREN, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee"; as he says also in another place, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek."
Sunday of the Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1
The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."
Εβρ 4:14-16, 5:1-6
Ἀδελφοί, ἔχοντες Ἀρχιερέα μέγαν διεληλυθότα τοὺς οὐρανούς, Ἰησοῦν τὸν Υἱὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ, κρατῶμεν τῆς ὁμολογίας. Οὐ γὰρ ἔχομεν ἀρχιερέα μὴ δυνάμενον συμπαθῆσαι ταῖς ἀσθενείαις ἡμῶν, πεπειρασμένον δὲ κατὰ πάντα καθ' ὁμοιότητα χωρὶς ἁμαρτίας. Προσερχώμεθα οὖν μετὰ παῤῥησίας τῷ θρόνῳ τῆς χάριτος, ἵνα λάβωμεν ἔλεον καὶ χάριν εὕρωμεν εἰς εὔκαιρον βοήθειαν. Πᾶς γὰρ Ἀρχιερεὺς ἐξ ἀνθρώπων λαμβανόμενος ὑπὲρ ἀνθρώπων καθίσταται τὰ πρὸς τὸν Θεόν, ἵνα προσφέρῃ δῶρά τε καὶ θυσίας ὑπὲρ ἁμαρτιῶν· μετριοπαθεῖν δυνάμενος τοῖς ἀγνοοῦσι καὶ πλανωμένοις, ἐπεὶ καὶ αὐτὸς περίκειται ἀσθένειαν· καὶ διὰ ταύτην ὀφείλει, καθὼς περὶ τοῦ λαοῦ, οὕτω καὶ περὶ ἑαυτοῦ προσφέρειν ὑπὲρ ἁμαρτιῶν. Καὶ οὐχ ἑαυτῷ τις λαμβάνει τὴν τιμήν, ἀλλὰ καλούμενος ὑπὸ τοῦ Θεοῦ, καθάπερ καὶ ὁ Ἀαρών. Οὔτω καὶ ὁ Χριστὸς οὐχ ἑαυτὸν ἐδόξασε γενηθῆναι ἀρχιερέα, ἀλλ' ὁ λαλήσας πρὸς αὐτόν· Υἱός μου εἶ σύ, ἐγὼ σήμερον γεγέννηκά σε· καθὼς καὶ ἐν ἑτέρῳ λέγει· σὺ ἱερεὺς εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα κατὰ τὴν τάξιν Μελχισεδέκ.
Μαρ ηʹ 34 – θʹ 1
Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· Ὅστις θέλει ὀπίσω μου ἀκολουθεῖν, ἀπαρνησάσθω ἑαυτὸν καὶ ἀράτω τὸν σταυρὸν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἀκολουθείτω μοι. ὃς γὰρ ἂν θέλῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ σῶσαι, ἀπολέσει αὐτήν· ὃς δ' ἂν ἀπολέσῃ τὴν ἑαυτοῦ ψυχὴν ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ καὶ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, οὗτος σώσει αὐτήν. τί γὰρ ὠφελήσει ἄνθρωπον ἐὰν κερδήσῃ τὸν κόσμον ὅλον, καὶ ζημιωθῇ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ; ἢ τί δώσει ἄνθρωπος ἀντάλλαγμα τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ; ὃς γὰρ ἐὰν ἐπαισχυνθῇ με καὶ τοὺς ἐμοὺς λόγους ἐν τῇ γενεᾷ ταύτῃ τῇ μοιχαλίδι καὶ ἁμαρτωλῷ, καὶ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐπαισχυνθήσεται αὐτὸν ὅταν ἔλθῃ ἐν τῇ δόξῃ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ μετὰ τῶν ἀγγέλων τῶν ἁγίων. Καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς· Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι εἰσί τινες ὧδε τῶν ἑστηκότων, οἵτινες οὐ μὴ γεύσωνται θανάτου ἕως ἂν ἴδωσι τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐληλυθυῖαν ἐν δυνάμει
Sunday of the Holy Cross
My beloved friends in the Lord:
This Sunday of the Adoration of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross, the mid-point of the spiritual journey of Great Lent and a turning point in our Lenten effort. From this point on we begin to look intently to the Crucifixion of our Lord and embrace its power in our own lives as we continue to make our way to the Empty Tomb. Before this we were getting accustomed to the disciplines of Lent, settling in to a new rhythm of life. It takes time to adjust to fasting and intensification of prayer and Church services.
Taking up the Cross and following the Lord is often identified with obedience to the commandments. Indeed we are commanded to follow them by the Lord, by Holy Scripture and by the Holy Fathers. But we are mistaken if we see the commandments as only those moral and ethical proscriptions written in Holy Scripture. Those are the overarching themes for sure, but His commandments are much more personal and intimate than that.
God’s commandments are revealed to us moment by moment! That is why it is essential that we practice watchfulness (mindfulness). Only those who are watchful and mindful are able to discern, to see, to hear these commandments whispered in the depths of our hearts. This is one of the benefits of consciousness in the Christian life. It is the road to enlightenment which is above all a gift of the Holy Spirit given at the right moment, the moment when the believer is ready. When we come to see that each moment is an incomparable, unrepeatable, and invaluable gift as well, then we know we have begun to awaken.
The Cross shows us the great divide between a life lived selfishly and life lived authentically in accordance with the original intent of the Creator. Sin, death, and the Adversary were defeated by Christ on the Cross by His supreme self-giving sacrifice, but their shadow resides in our hearts, infecting us and deluding us to the truth of life. We see the shadow (the concerns, desires, and cares of the world) and believe it to be the Sun itself. The truth is that these empty concerns, as the funeral service tells us, are “only a shadow and a dream.” To leave behind the shadow and turn toward the Light each and every moment as it is revealed is what it means to take up the Cross deny ourselves. Life in Christ unrolls like a red carpet before each step is taken one precious moment at a time
It is of no value to view the commandments as impersonal laws that we are supposed to apply to our lives. It is far more valuable to see them as coming from the Lord Himself who dwells within and who guides us with His still, small voice in every intimate moment of life. Otherwise, the Christian life becomes only an intellectual exercise and not an intimate journey. Each “little” obedience in each “little” moment weakens the “old man” allowing space for the “new man” to grow.
St. Maximos makes a fascinating distinction as he interiorizes the First and Second Comings of Christ. The first coming, he writes, corresponds to the newly baptized soul receiving Christ and the Holy Spirit within. He writes that the Lord hides Himself in the inner temple of the heart. Gradually, as the believer awakens to His presence and begins the work of purification reaching at last the perfection of virtues the indwelling Christ reveals Himself in His glory – a type of the Second Coming. Those who experience this interior “second coming” will no way be surprised when the Lord returns “on the clouds.” They will recognize that the event has already taken place in their hearts.
Christ, the Lord of both the First and Second Coming, is hidden in each personal, moment-by-moment Logos and commandment of God. As we become more and more awake and aware of this interior work all of life, interior and exterior, is transformed, and we gradually become more and more like Him. This is the work of the Cross as it relates to us and our daily lives: to wake up, pay attention, be still and listen, and then to let go of the shadow more and more so that we come to not only hear, but obey.
When Jesus says, “Truly I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God has come with power,” he is not only referring to those three apostles who saw Him transfigured in His glory on Mount Tabor, but to those of us who come to see Him transfigured in glory in our own hearts.
Praying that we faithfully traverse the journey of the Great Lent so that it may lead us to a greater level of spiritual awareness and closeness with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I humbly remain,
With paternal love and blessings in Christ,
The following services will be celebrated in April and for Holy Week
* Friday, April 2nd – 7:00pm 3rd Salutations to the Holy Theotokos
* Sunday, April 4th – 9:00am Orthros and Divine Liturgy - Sunday of the Adoration of the Holy Cross
* Monday, April 5th – 7:00pm Great Compline
* Wednesday, April 7th – 7:00pm Presanctified Divine Liturgy
* Friday, April 9th – 7:00pm 4th Salutations to the Holy Theotokos
* Sunday, April 11th – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy - Sunday of Saint John Climacus
* Monday, April 12th – 7:00pm Great Compline
* Wednesday, April 14th – 7:00pm Presanctified Divine Liturgy
* Friday, April 16th – 7:00pm The Akathist Hymn
* Sunday, April 18th – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy - Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt
* Monday, April 19th – 7:00pm Great Compline
* Wednesday, April 21st – 7:00pm Presanctified Divine Liturgy
* Saturday, April 24th – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy - Saturday of Lazarus
11:30am - Preparations of the palms for Palm Sunday
* Palm Sunday, April 25th – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy
7:00pm Bridegroom Service
* Holy Monday, April 26th – 7:00pm Bridegroom Service
* Holy Tuesday, April 27th – 7:00pm Bridegroom Service (Hymn of Kassiani)
* Holy Wednesday, April 28th – 9:00am Presanctified Divine Liturgy
6:00pm The Sacrament of Holy Unction
* Holy Thursday, April 29th – 9:00am Vesperal Divine Liturgy of the Mystical Supper
7:00pm The Passion of our Lord (The 12 Gospel Readings)
* Good Friday, April 30th – 9:00am The Royal Hours
10:30am The Decoration of the Epitaphios
3:00pm Apokathelosis (Taking the Body from the Cross)
7:00pm Lamentation Service with the Procession of the Epitaphios
(Trisagion chanted quietly by the Priest in front of the Epitaphios)
Donations for Great Lent and Holy Week