Mount Athos - Wisdom - Holiness
Thoughts on the Triodio
3 Feb 2023 at 5:10pm

We’re entering the Triodio, the period of contrition in the liturgical year during which hymns are sung which are very deep and powerful. The hymns of the Triodio reveal the dread mysteries and the conditions for eternal life. It’s a genuine and t...

Triodio, the Effort to Rescue the Human Person
3 Feb 2023 at 5:05pm

Dear readers, it’s true that this year we were going to try to avoid referring to the time of the Triodio, because we’ve done so at length in the past, in some of our older articles, and it’s not good, it’s tedious, to return to the same subject s...

Do you understand?
3 Feb 2023 at 5:04pm

Self-love is egotism. We shouldn’t say: ‘I want to be all right; I want to go to paradise’, but we should feel this love for everybody. Do you understand? That’s humility. So if we live united with others, we’ll be blessed. We’ll be living in par...

The main meaning
2 Feb 2023 at 5:01pm

When we talk about repentance, we don’t mean regretting our sins (that’s a psychological event which may well remain on this level and never become an event involving the Holy Spirit). Nor do we mean the sacrament of confession, at which we revea...

Mother’s Day and the Church
1 Feb 2023 at 5:15pm

Mother’s Day today and children all over the world take the opportunity to remember and honour their mother. There are also a good number of cynics who view the adoption of the ‘feast’ as a phenomenon of naked commercialization, while there are ot...

Now Lord lettest thou thy servant depart in peace
1 Feb 2023 at 5:07pm

This text is an abridgment of a sermon preached in 1626 by John Donne, Dean of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London. Although it was actually delivered on Christmas Day, it seems equally appropriate to the Presentation*, or indeed any manifestation (epi...

It doesn’t make us guilty
1 Feb 2023 at 5:03pm

Passions arise in all of us from time to time. Their appearance confirms our uncleanness, but doesn’t make us guilty. We’re guilty only if we give in willingly to any passion, in other words if we don’t consider it an enemy and don’t fight it det...

The Feast of the Reception of the Lord as the Fulfilment of the Rite of Mosai...
1 Feb 2023 at 5:03pm

The feast of the Reception of the Lord (Candlemas, the Meeting of the Lord) which we celebrated recently is held exactly forty days after the Nativity. The name in Greek means ‘meeting’, but not in the sense of a mere encounter. It’s more in the w...

The feast of the Reception and our spiritual challenges
1 Feb 2023 at 4:57am

At the feast of the Reception of our Lord, the Church urges and encourages us to meet the spiritual challenges we face on a daily basis as part of our anxiety over the cares of life.

The entry of Christ, as a baby, into the Temple of Solomon, fort...

Then there’s no reason
31 Jan 2023 at 5:01pm

People of God, who’ve been convinced in their heart that God exists, fear nothing and nobody. This peace of God has enormous social repercussions. When we no longer feel envy, suspicion or fear, what reason is there for us not to be loving and un...

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Our parish was founded in 1976 and falls under the omophorion of Metropolitan Nicholas of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR)

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Newsletter "Facing East"

Saturday, 22 January / 4 February
7:00AM Matins
8:00AM Divine Liturgy
5:30PM Vigil
Sunday, 23 January / 5 February
8:40AM 3rd & 6th Hours
9:00AM Divine Liturgy, followed by Coffee Hour
5:00PM Vespers
Monday, 24 January / 6 February
6:00AM Matins
5:00PM Vespers
Tuesday, 25 January / 7 February
6:00AM Matins
5:00PM Vespers
Wednesday, 26 January / 8 February
6:00AM Matins
6:00PM Vespers
7:00PM Bible Study - All are welcome!
Thursday, 27 January / 9 February
7:00AM Matins
8:00AM Divine Liturgy
5:00PM Vespers
Friday, 28 January / 10 February
6:00AM Matins
5:00PM Vespers
Saturday, 29 January / 11 February
7:00AM Matins
8:00AM Divine Liturgy
5:30PM Vigil