Indeed He is risen! Do not lament Me, O Mother, seeing Me in the tomb, the Son conceived in the womb without seed; for I shall arise, and be glorified; and, as God, I shall unceasingly exalt all who extol Thee in faith and in love. -Canon of Holy Saturday, Ode 9 Come receive ye … Continue reading Christ is Risen!
Seeing that the sun had hidden its rays and the veil of the Temple had been rent at the death of the Saviour, Joseph did approach Pilate and did plead with him crying and saying, Give me this stranger, who from his youth hath wandered like a stranger. Give me this stranger, whom his kinsmen … Continue reading Holy Friday Matins with Lamentations
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!
This year the pan-Orthodox Vespers was hosted by St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Church (AOCANA) in Spring, TX. I'm not sure how many priests from the Houston area were there (mostly only those vested are in the last photo) but the last time I saw that many in one place it was at the cathedral … Continue reading Pan-Orthodox Vespers
We had a joyous Sunday of Orthodoxy! For one, it stopped raining so we could process around the church. I have no doubt that this was the result of a week's worth of fervent prayer. For another, Fr. Gerasim, our diocesan administrator from Dallas, was visiting with us today. I hadn't realized how long it … Continue reading Sunday of Orthodoxy