Monthly Archives: March 2017

Fourth Sunday GF of the Great Fast, St. John Climacus, March 26, 2017. Heb 6:13-20; Mk 9:17-31 Now that we have passed the midpoint of the Great Fast, the focus shifts from what we are doing to implement the ascetical disciplines of the Great Fast to what God is accomplishing within us. You all have […]

Third Sunday of the Great Fast, Sunday of the Cross. March 19, 2017. Heb 4:14-5:6. Mk 8:34-9:1

Today the cross is placed in the center of the church. For us 21st century Christians, the cross is so commonplace that it excites no particular notice; it arouses no particular feelings. However, for people of the 1st century world, the cross of Christ, as St. Paul wrote, β€œis a stumbling block to the Jews […]

Second Sunday of Great Fast, March 12, 2017

This second Sunday of the Great Fast is also known as the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas. He lived from 1296 to 1359, first in Constantinople, then as a monk on Mount Athos and, finally, as the bishop of Thessalonica. He was canonized in 1368. St. Gregory asserted that the prophets in fact had greater […]

First Sunday of Great Fast, March 5, 2017. Triumph over Iconoclasm

We all have icons in our homes – or at least I hope so. Ideally you have an icon corner, which is the focus of prayer in your home. Today we celebrate the triumph over iconoclasm – the teaching that icons are against the Ten Commandments and should be destroyed. It was at the Second […]