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WEEKLY DIOCESAN BULLETIN

SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2015

PALM SUNDAY

The Entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ
into Jerusalem


PALM SUNDAY TROPARION - TONE ONE:
By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion, Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, O Christ God! Like the children with the palms of victory, we cry out to Thee, O Vanquisher of Death: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!

SECOND PALM SUNDAY TROPARION - TONE FOUR:
When we were buried with Thee in Baptism, O Christ God, we were made worthy of eternal life by Thy Resurrection!  Now we praise Thee and sing: Hosanna in the highest!  Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!

PALM SUNDAY KONTAKION - TONE SIX:
Sitting on Thy throne in Heaven, carried on a foal on earth, O Christ God!  Accept the praise of angels and the songs of children, who sing: Blessed is He that comes to recall Adam!

HYMN TO THE THEOTOKOS (REPLACES “IT IS TRULY MEET”):
God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!  Celebrate the feast and come with gladness!  Let us magnify Christ with palms and branches, singing:  Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!

EPSITLE READING

The Prokimenon in the 4th Tone:       
Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!  God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!

Palm Sunday: Philippians 4: 4-9
Brethren, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  Let your gentleness be known to all men.  The Lord is at hand.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

The Alleluia Verses:
O sing to the Lord a new song, for the Lord has done marvelous things!  All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God!

GOSPEL READING

Palm Sunday: John 12: 1-18
At that time, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead.  There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him.  Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair.  And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.  But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”  This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.  But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial.  For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”  Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.  But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.  The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna!  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!  The King of Israel!” Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it, as it is written: “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.”   His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.  Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness.  For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.

Spiritual Articles

From The Prologue for March 23/April 5 by St. Nikolai Velimirovic:

The Holy Hieromartyr Nicon
Nicon was born in Naples of a pagan father and Christian mother. He was a Roman officer in Naples and was unbaptized, even though his mother tutored him in the Christian Faith, hiding this from his father. Once, when Nicon was sent into battle with his troops, his mother counseled him to make the sign of the Cross and to call upon Christ for help if any misfortune should befall him. And, indeed, when during the battle Nicon’s troops were completely surrounded and extremely close to final destruction, Nicon made the sign of the Cross and in his heart cried out to Christ. Immediately he was filled with extraordinary strength and pursued his enemies. Some he slew, and others he forced to flee. Returning to his home, Nicon continuously cried out in amazement: “Great is the Christian God.” After he had made his mother happy with the news of his victory with the help of the Cross of Christ, he secretly sailed to Asia. There he was baptized by Theodosius, Bishop of Cyzicus. Following his baptism, he secluded himself in a monastery, where he devoted himself to study and asceticism. Before his death Theodosius had a vision in which he was told to ordain Nicon as his successor. Immediately the aged Theodosius summoned Nicon and ordained him a deacon, then a priest, and finally a bishop. Shortly thereafter, according to God’s providence, Nicon came to Naples where he discovered that his mother was still living. Following his mother’s death, Nicon withdrew to Sicily with nine disciples, his former military companions. There he dedicated himself to preaching the Gospel. At that time, however, there was a terrible persecution of Christians. Prince Quintianus captured Nicon with his companions and inflicted great pain and suffering upon them. Nicon’s 190 disciples and companions were beheaded. The tormentor tied Nicon to the tails of horses, hurled him from a steep wall into a gorge, beat him, and skinned him. Nicon, however, survived all of these tortures. Finally, he was beheaded and took up his habitation with the Lord. His body was left in the fields to be devoured by the birds. A certain herdsman, possessed by a violent evil spirit, tripped and fell over the body of Christ’s martyr, and was immediately healed. He proclaimed the news about Nicon’s body, and Christians came forth and honorably buried it. St. Nicon suffered during the reign of the Emperor Decius.

The Venerable Nicon of the Monastery of the Kiev Caves
Nicon was a companion of St. Anthony of the Caves and a spiritual father to the Venerable Theodosius. Because of his monastic tonsuring of the boyar Barlaam and of the eunuch Ephraim, Nicon was threatened by Prince Iziaslav; but his wife, the princess, turned the anger of the prince into the fear of God. Then Nicon, the holy one, was left in peace. Desiring to adorn the church with icons, Nicon implored God for assistance. As a result of his prayers, certain Greek iconographers unexpectedly came to Kiev from Constantinople. Saints Anthony and Theodosius had appeared to these icon­ographers in a vision and directed them to Nicon in Kiev. Nicon was praised because of his courageous asceticism and spiritual wisdom. In his old age Nicon became abbot of the Caves against his will. He reposed in the Lord in the year 1066. His incorrupt relics are preserved in the Monastery of the Kiev Caves.

HYMN OF PRAISE: Saint Nicon
Nicon languished in the dungeon,
And day and night he prayed to God.

He prayed to God not for his defense,
Nor for revenge against the wicked Quintianus,
But for strength, to endure sufferings.

God heard Nicon’s sighings.

One time in prayer, Nicon had a dream:
The Virgin appeared to him
In light more beautiful and brighter than the sun,
Whiter and gentler than a lamb.

At her side were two archangels,
Their faces radiant and joyful;
With their height they reached the heavens.

One pointed out the river to the other:
“This is the raging River Psimif!”

Then one archangel said to the Virgin:
“We were sent to slay Quintianus
In the waves of the raging Psimif.

But, behold, we are looking at the river
And nowhere do we see Quintianus.”

The Virgin spoke, as if with honey flowing from her mouth:
“Soon he will come to the river;
He will attempt to cross through the waves,
But, beneath him, his horse will become maddened
And disfigure his face with its teeth.

The river will drown him,
And thus you will complete your task.

That will be the end of the evil torturer
Of Nicon, my saint.”

All of this took place as the Virgin said;
Everything that Nicon dreamed became a reality.

REFLECTION
St. Paphnutius prayed to God to reveal whom he (Paphnutius) resembled. He heard a voice which spoke to him: “You are similar to a merchant who seeks goodly pearls; arise and do not be idle!” But why does God not say to every one of us that we are like a merchant who seeks goodly pearls? Because many of us do not seek pearls, but rather bury ourselves under heavy layers of worthless dust. Not everything that the net raises up from the bottom of the sea is a pearl; sometimes it is only mud and sand. The ignorant vie for that mud and sand as though it were a pearl. Only the merchant who recognizes a true pearl casts the net into the sea an untold number of times. He hauls it up, sifts out the mud and sand, until he finds one seed pearl! Why does God compare Paphnutius to a merchant? Because Paphnutius gave away all of his possessions and invested all of his effort and time in order to find that one true seed pearl. That true pearl is a heart cleansed of all passions and evil thoughts and warmed by the flame of love toward God. You too arise, O man, and do not be lazy! Your marketing day is approaching its twilight.

CONTEMPLATION

Contemplate the Lord Jesus crucified on the Cross:
1. How His compassionate love for mankind did not diminish because of His sufferings;
2. How, with love, He offered comfort to His mother, commending John to her as a son in place of Himself;
3. How He prayed with love to the Father for mankind: Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).

HOMILY
on the weakness of man before the majesty of God

And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead (Revelation 1:17).

It was St. John who fell as though dead when he saw the Lord Jesus in glory. St. John—the Beloved Disciple of Jesus, the Evangelist, the chaste one, the one who loved the Lord, the zealot for holiness—could neither stand on his feet nor compose himself when he saw his Teacher in His heavenly glory and power! Instead he fell, as though dead. Therefore, how will they who sin against Him, rise up against Him, ridicule His name, despise His love and sacrifice, mock His Cross, trample upon His commandments, persecute His Church, shame His priests, and kill His faithful, endure the presence of the Lord and His eyes like a fiery flame? What will happen to them before the face of the Lord if St. John fell as dead when he caught sight of Him? What will happen to educated men who corrupt others? What will happen to teachers who destroy the Faith in young souls? What will happen to skeptics who through their doubt poison the minds of men? What will happen to thieves and robbers, to the immoral, and to the child-killers? What will happen to the enemies of Christ if the friend of Jesus falls, as though dead, before His indescribable, effulgent glory?

Such is the glory, power, authority, beauty, lordship, light and majesty of the Lord Jesus, resurrected and ascended, that His closest companions, who for three years on earth gazed upon His face without fear, now fall as though dead when they see His face in the heavens following His passion, death and victory!

O Lord All-glorious and Almighty, illuminate us and enliven us by Thy power and glory.

To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.


In the Greek Synaxarion and the Athonite Patericon, the New Martyr Luke, who was born in Jedren, is commemorated on this day. As a child he was captured in Constantinople by the Turks and circumcised. Because of this, he had bitter pangs of conscience. He considered circumcision the devil’s mark on him, which could only be destroyed through martyrdom for Christ. Tonsured a monk on Mount Athos, he went with his Elder Bessarion to Mytilene. There he was hanged by the Turks on March 23, 1802. Hanging in the air, the body of the martyr emitted a fragrant myrrh.

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Weekly Diocesan Bulletin - Sunday, March 29, 2015

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WEEKLY DIOCESAN BULLETIN

SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

Fifth Sunday of Great Lent: Saint Mary of Egypt; Holy Apostle Aristobulos; Holy Martyr Sabinas 

RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE ONE:
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews; while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure Body; You arose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life: Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your Kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, O You who loves mankind.

TROPARION TO ST. MARY OF EGYPT - TONE EIGHT:
The image of God was truly preserved in you, O mother, for you took up the Cross and followed Christ.  By so doing you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away; but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.  Therefore your spirit,       O holy mother Mary, rejoices with the angels.

TROPARION TO THE HOLY MARTYR SABINAS - TONE ONE: With godliness you preached to the ungodly that the Creator of all took flesh without undergoing change.  You excelled in your holy contest, for by meeting death in the river you attained to the Source of incorruption.  Therefore, we praise you, blessed Sabinas.

RESURRECTIONAL KONTAKION - TONE ONE:
As God, You arose from the tomb in glory, raising the world with Yourself. Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished.  Adam exults, O Master!  Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to You: You are the giver of resurrection to all, O Christ!

KONTAKION TO ST. MARY OF EGYPT - TONE THREE:
Once you were filled with every impurity, but today you have become a bride of Christ through repentance.  Desiring the angelic life, you defeated the demons with the weapon of the Cross!  Therefore, O most glorious Mary, you were made a bride of the Kingdom!

KONTAKION TO THE HOLY MARTYR SABINAS - TONE TWO:  God-bearing Sabinas, you are a divine root, an unfading blossom, a branch heavily-laden with fruit.  Fill with gladness those who honor your memory, and unceasingly pray for us all.


KONTAKION OF THE FIVE SUNDAYS OF GREAT LENT
To thee, the Champion Leader, do I offer thanks of victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me from terror; but as thou that hast that power invincible, O Theotokos, thou alone can set me free: from all forms of danger free me and deliver me, that I may cry unto thee: ‘Rejoice, O Bride without Bridegroom!’

HYMN TO THE THEOTOKOS (INSTEAD OF “IT IS TRULY MEET”): All of creation rejoices in you, O full of grace; the assembly of angels and the race of men.  O sanctified temple and spiritual paradise, the glory of virgins, from whom God was incarnate and became a Child, our God before the ages.  He made your body into a throne, and your womb He made more spacious than the heavens.  All of creation rejoices in you, O full of grace.  Glory to you!

EPISTLE READING

The Prokimenon in the 8th Tone:
Pray and make your vows before the Lord our God! 

Fifth Sunday of Lent: Hebrews 9: 11-14
Brethren, Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.  Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.  For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

St. Mary of Egypt: Galatians 3: 23-29
Brethren, before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed.  Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

The Alleluia Verses:
Come let us rejoice in the Lord!  Let us make a joyful noise to God our Savior!  Let us come before His face with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with psalms! 

GOSPEL READING

Fifth Sunday of Lent: Mark 10: 32-45
At that time, they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them, and they were amazed.  And as they followed they were afraid.  Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him.  And the third day He will rise again.”  Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.”  And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other one on Your left, in Your glory.”  But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask.  Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”  They said to Him, “We are able.”  So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.”  And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John.  But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.  Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.  And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

St. Mary of Egypt: Luke 7: 36-50
At that time, one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him.  And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.  And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.  Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”  And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”  So he said, “Teacher, say it.”  “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors.  One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both.  Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”  Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”  And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”  Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman?  I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.  You gave me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in.  You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.  Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.  But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”  Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”  Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you.  Go in peace.” 


Spiritual Articles
From The Prologue for March 16/29 by St. Nikolai Velimirovic:

The Holy Apostle Aristobulus, one of the Seventy Apostles
Born in Cyprus, Aristobulus was the brother of the Apostle Barnabas. He followed the Apostle Paul, who mentions him in his Epistle to the Romans (Romans 16:10). When the great Apostle appointed many bishops throughout the various parts of the world, he appointed Aristobulus as bishop for the British, that is, for England. In Britain the people were savage, heathen and wicked. Aristobulus endured many indescribable tortures, misfortunes and evils among them. They struck and beat him mercilessly, dragged him through the streets, ridiculed, and mocked him. Finally this holy man succeeded, by the power of the grace of God. He enlightened the people, baptized them in the name of Christ the Lord, built churches, ordained priests and deacons, and in the end died there peacefully and entered into the Kingdom of the Lord, Whom he had faithfully served.

The Holy Martyr Sabinus
Sabinus was a Syrian from the city of Hermopolis and an official of that city. At the time of a persecution against the Christians, he withdrew to a mountain with a large number of other Christians and closed himself off in a hut. There he spent his time in fasting and prayer. A certain beggar, who brought him food and for whom Sabinus had done much good, reported him. As Judas did to Christ, so also this unfortunate one betrayed his benefactor for two pieces of gold. Sabinus, along with six others, was apprehended, bound by the soldiers and brought to stand trial. After severe torments, he was cast into the River Nile, where he gave up his soul to God in the year 287.

The Hieromartyrs Trophimus and Thallus
They were born in Syria and were brothers by birth. They openly and freely preached Christ and denounced the folly of the Hellenes and Romans. The enraged pagans decided to stone them to death. However, when they began hurling stones at these two holy brothers, the stones turned back and struck the assailants, and the brothers remained unharmed. Afterward they were both crucified. From their crosses the brothers taught and encouraged those Christians who stood sorrowfully around. After much agony they presented their souls to the Lord, to Whom they had remained faithful to the end. They suffered honorably in the year 300 in the city of Bofor.

HYMN OF PRAISE: Saints Trophimus and Thallus

Two blood-brothers imbued by the Spirit,
Illumined and regenerated by faith.

These two brothers, on the cross crucified,
Counseled the masses of right-believing people:

“O brethren, why do you gaze upon us from below?

Do not bitterly weep because of our difficult sufferings!

Christ our Savior, Doer of heroic deeds,
Became the Redeemer because of such sufferings,
The Redeemer of the whole human race.

Listening to Him, we are being saved.

He obeyed the Father, and to the earth descended;
He suffered and resurrected, and into heaven ascended.

To Him we hearken, and we endure sufferings;
Through sufferings we walk into His Kingdom.

Fear not, brethren, either fire or the sword;
The justice of Christ is stronger than the whole world.

Fear not, brethren; neither feel sorrow for yourselves.

Deny yourselves for the sake of eternal salvation.

All sufferings are small, trivial and bearable
Compared to the rewards of Paradise, eternal and sublime.

The world, a false mask, is an insane illusion.

Eternity: that is our true homeland.

Give the world to those who love the lie of the world;
Because of lies, they forfeit life and truth.

But you—seize the pearl above the mud of the world.”

Harken, brethren, to Trophimus and Thallus!


REFLECTION
If we fulfill the Law of God in our thoughts, how much easier will it be for us to fulfill it in our deeds? That is, if we do not transgress the Law of God in our thoughts, how much easier will it be not to transgress it in our deeds? Furthermore, if our hearts are with God, then our tongues, hands, feet—our entire body—cannot be against God. Your heart! Your heart! Prepare your heart for God. Consecrate it to God and worship Him, fulfill the Law of God in it, unite it with God, and all the rest will follow and will be governed by the heart. It is not he who holds a spoke of the wheel that steers the wheel, but he who holds its axis. The heart is the axis of our being. Speaking about the commandments of God, the Venerable Hesychius says: “If you compel yourself to fulfill them in your thoughts, then you will rarely have the need to strain yourself to fulfill them in deed.” That is, if you set your heart on God, as on an axis, then the wheels will easily and comfortably follow the axis. In other words, the entire man will follow after his own heart. Thy law is within my heart (Psalm 40:9), says the all-wise David.

CONTEMPLATION

Contemplate the Lord Jesus, how He carried the Cross to Golgotha:

1. How He quietly and patiently carried His Cross;
2. How they took the Cross from Him and gave it to Simon of Cyrene; how Simon carried the Cross, walking after Christ;
3. How He looked upon the women of Jerusalem, who were weeping, and said to them: Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children (Luke 23:28), declaring by this His victory and the defeat of His murderers.


HOMILY On Christ’s humiliation as wealth

By faith Moses … esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt … had respect unto the recompense of the reward (Hebrews 11:24-26).

Moses did not want to remain in the palace of Pharaoh nor to be called his adopted son. Desiring more, he chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season (Hebrews 11:25). How different was Moses from his descendants, who for reasons similar to Pharaoh’s condemned the King of Glory to death! All of them would have rather lived one more year in the decaying court of Pharaoh than to travel with God for forty years in the wilderness. Moses left all honors, riches and vanities, which only the wealth of Egypt could provide. At the command of God, Moses started out through the foodless and waterless wilderness with faith that beyond it lay the Promised Land. All of this also means to hold Christ’s humiliation above all the wealth of Egypt.

Christ’s humiliation is what worldly men, who exude a powerful stench of the earth, are ashamed of in Christ. That is Christ’s poverty on earth: His fasting, His vigil, His prayer, His wandering without a roof over His head, His condemnation, His humiliation, and His shameful death. Christ’s humiliation was valued by the apostles, and after them by countless saints, who thought this to be greater wealth than all the riches in the entire world. Following these indignities, the Lord resurrected, opened the gates of heaven and revealed the Promised Land of Paradise, into which He led mankind along the path of His humiliation and through the wilderness of His suffering.

O Lord, glorified and resurrected, help us that we may hold unwaveringly every drop of Thy sweat and Thy blood as a treasure greater than all worldly riches.

To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.



In the Greek Synaxarion the Venerable Christodulos is also mentioned on this day. He lived a life of asceticism on the island of Patmos, where he built a monastery dedicated to John the Theologian. He died in the year 1111. Many miracles have occurred over his relics.

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“Contemporary Women in an Uncontemporary Church: A Mother, a Life,
and a Mission” 

GUEST SPEAKER: 
Very Reverend Professor 
Archimandrite Irenei

Archimandrite of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. BA, M.St.,D.Phil

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Friday, March 27th - 
Saturday, March 28th, 2015
St. John the Baptist Cathedral
San Francisco, CA

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