Monthly Archives: February 2018

Second Sunday of the Great Fast, Feb. 25, 2018. Mk 2:1-12

Today we commemorate St. Gregory of Thessalonica. In the canon of matins for today we pray, “All who study your words and writings, O Gregory, are initiated into the knowledge of God and filled with spiritual wisdom; and they become theologians of the uncreated grace and energy of God.” To what does this refer? St. […]

1st Sunday Great Fast, Feb. 18, 2018. Jn 1:43-51.

This day is called the Sunday of the triumph over iconoclasm. It is also called the Sunday of holy images or the Sunday of orthodoxy. Today we commemorate the decision of the bishops at the Second Council of Nicea (787 A.D.) that it was permissible to paint icons and venerate them. We are also reminded […]

Meat-fare Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. Matthew 25:31-46

Kim Jong-un. What’s in a name? Asians generally put their family name before their personal name. Kim is the family name. Why do they do this? Because the family, the nation, the group is more important to them than any one individual. This is the opposite of the culture of Europe and the United States, […]