Front Page Stories (Page 2)

Front Page Stories (Page 2)

Pascha 2021 Photographs

In the early moments of Sunday, May 2, 2021, the cathedral clergy and faithful celebrated the bright and saving day of the Lord’s Resurrection – Pascha – Easter. Christ is risen! Photographs courtesy Matushka Sophia Sokolov.

Looking Ahead to Holy Week & Pascha

Looking Ahead to Holy Week & Pascha April 25 – May 2, 2021 On Lazarus Saturday (April 24), we enter into the special and sacred time of Holy Week and Pascha. Each and every one of us is called to truly “lay aside all earthly cares,” i.e., all activities and concerns that distract from the great mystery which is happening for us and to us. It must be an experience that transcends the fulfilling of an annual religious obligation or…

Archbishop Benjamin’s Lenten Message

2021 Lenten Message of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin To the Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Diocese of the West: But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not…

Meatfare Coffee Fellowship

The beautiful Divine Liturgies this weekend were capped with “to-go” Meatfare coffee fellowship!

Baptisms of Eliza and Jonah

The Divine Liturgy on February 28, 2021, was preceded by the sacrament of Holy Baptism for John and Alexandra. Many years to the newly-illumined!

Baptisms of Alexandra and John

The Divine Liturgy on February 28, 2021, was preceded by the sacrament of Holy Baptism for John and Alexandra. Many years to the newly-illumined!

From Archbishop Benjamin: Updated Guidelines as we enter Great Lent

To the Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Diocese of the West: Recent days have brought promising news concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects it has on society. There seems to be a hope that all Americans can be vaccinated within the next few months. Numbers of reported cases are on the decline and the death rate has shown a significant decrease as well. However, we must remain cautious as we move forward. Until we…

Holy Synod on the Beginning of Great Lent 2021

March 4, 2021 Let us all joyfully begin the sacred season of abstinence;And let us shine with the bright radiance of the holy commandments of Christ our God,With the brightness of love and the splendor of prayer, With the purity of holiness and the strength of good courage.So, clothed in raiment of light, let us hasten to the Holy Resurrection on the third day, That shines upon the world with the glory of eternal life.(Matins of Monday of the First Week) To…

The Blessing of Water

In the Book of Genesis, we read that creation began when the Spirit of God moved over the face of the waters. (Gen. 1:2) Throughout the Bible, water plays an important and a ‘mystical role’ in human existence and in man’s relationship with God the Creator. Water has the capacity to produce death, as recounted in the story of Noah and the ark (Gen. 6); or to produce life, as noted in the story of Moses’ striking the rock in…

Nativity Message of Archbishop Benjamin

May the brightness of the Child come into the world this day to dispel its darkness enlighten all of you, my beloved flock. May the hope given to us this day never fade away no matter the difficulties facing us. May the Gift that is placed in our hands this day always be received as the only gift that matters.

The Liturgy in the World: A perpetual longing

And what do we see in practice? Separated from the will of God and indifferent to it, man’s free will is transformed, as the result of pride, suspicion and hatred, into a world-destroying power which causes both man and nature to groan. Is there no place from which we might expect something decisively new, which could alter the direction of this development?

Dormition of the Holy Theotokos

The first chapter of St. Luke’s gospel contains an outstanding hymn by the holy Theotokos, which poured out of her heart in response to the salutation of her relative, the righteous Elizabeth: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” This Elizabethan prophecy, that we repeat so often in one of our most favorite prayers “Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos,” was followed by Mary’s hymn, Mary’s prayerful prophesy, which is especially important for our attention on…