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Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 2/02/2013

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Third Hour Prayers

O Lord, Who sent down Your most holy Spirit upon Your Apostles at he third hour; take Him not from us, O Good One, but rather renew Him in us who pray to You.

Prayer of St. Mardarius

O Sovereign God, the Father Almighty, O Lord, the Only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and You, O Holy Spirit, one Godhead, one Power, have mercy on me, a sinner  , and by the judgments which You know, save me, Your unworthy servant: for You are blessed forever and ever.  Amen.

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The Meaning of Holy Week

Having fulfilled Forty Days... we ask to see the Holy Week of Thy Passion." With these words sung at Vespers of Friday, Lent comes to its end and we enter into the annual commemoration of Christ's suffering, death and Resurrection. It begins on the Saturday of Lazarus. The double feast of Lazarus' resurrection and the Entrance of the Lord to Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) is described in liturgical texts as the "beginning of the Cross" and is to be understood therefore, within the context of the Holy Week. The common Troparion of these days explicitly affirms that by raising Lazarus from the dead Christ confirmed the truth of general resurrection. It is highly significant that we are led into the darkness of the Cross by one of the twelve major feasts of the Church. Light and joy shine not only at the end of Holy Week but also at its beginning. All those familiar with Orthodox worship know the peculiar, almost paradoxical character of Lazarus Saturday services. Read more...

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"When you pray, try to let the prayer reach your heart; in other words, it is necessary that your heart should feel what you are talking about in your prayer, that it should wish for the blessing for which you are asking.... Observe, during prayer, whether your heart is in accord with that which you are saying." - St. John of Kronstadt

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Sayings From The Church Fathers

Fasting gradually disperses and drives away spiritual darkness and the veil of sin that lies on the soul, just as the sun dispels the mist. Fasting enables us spiritually to see that spiritual air in which Christ, the Sun who knows no setting, does not rise, but shines without ceasing. Fasting, aided by vigil, penetrates and softens hardness of heart. Where once were the vapors of drunkenness it causes fountains of compunction to spring forth.

- St. Symeon the New Theologian, from The Discourses: XI no. 2, Paulist Press pg. 168

Orthodox Calendar

This year, Holy Pascha was celebrated on May 1st. In 2017, Holy Pascha will be celebrated on April 16th.

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