On the First Sunday of Great Lent, Feb. 25, when we celebrate the Triumph of Orthodoxy, at the end of the Divine Liturgy, our children processed around the church holding the holy icons, in imitation of the procession that happened in 843 when the veneration of icons was restored.
For history of this feast and the events surrounding it, see here and here.
For a sermon of the feast, click here.
Have a listen to a new podcast from Ancient Faith Podcasts. It is mainly meant to be for young adults, about young adults, and by young adults, but people of all age will benefit from hearing their journey; not only of conversion, but also a journey of faith while being Orthodox Christian.
The description of the Podcast series:
Why do some young adults leave the Church, while others stay engaged? Rather than guess, we’ll interview young adults for an important conversation that highlights real stories and real struggles. "We Are Orthodoxy" empowers young adults to speak for themselves and to tell their own stories of faith and doubt.
You can find the podcast here.
"What's most fascinating is that Jasiel doesn't point to any program or youth group to have brought him into the Church, instead it was the Church being itself, offering a taste of transcendence that was just enough for Jasiel."
Two of the stalwarts of our parish celebrating their birthday - Judy Van Beesel and Walter Bacsik.
Happy birthday! Many and blessed years!
The last Sunday when meat is allowed before the Great Lent we spent in style - by eating meat (and other great foods, and Mária's special bloody mary).
Blessed week to all!
Teaching Liturgy, part 2: "Blessed is the Kingdom..." through the Great Entrance, & induction of new parish officers
On Sunday, February 4, we had the second part of our Teaching Liturgy series, where Father Aleksey discussed practical and spiritual aspects of our liturgical prayers and actions.
At the end of the Liturgy, new blue covers, that were bought by St Anna Altar society for the parish, were blessed.
After that, the new parish officers for 2018 received their blessing for the upcoming year that they may be good and faithful stewards for the Lord our God in the dedication of their time and talents to the welfare of His Holy Church.