Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sunday Lenten Vespers Series 2015

Sunday Lenten Vespers Series 2015

Season Theme: “Why We Believe What We Believe”

Services start at 5:00 PM followed by dinner.

March 8
St. Thomas Orthodox Church
914 W Taylor St., Kokomo, IN 46901  ( MAP )
Fr. Nabil Hanna

March 15
Sts Constantine and Helen
3237 W 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222  ( MAP )
Fr. Dragon Petrovic

March 22
Joy of All Who Sorrow
1516 N. Delaware, Indianapolis, IN 46202  ( MAP )
Fr. Joel Weir

March 29
St. John the Forerunner 
1427 S. Blaine, Indianapolis, IN 46221  ( MAP )
Father Jerome Sanderson

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Sunday of Forgiveness

It is the Sunday of Forgiveness, known also as Cheese Fare Sunday.

The Holy Gospel teaches us about forgiveness and fasting, and how both are crucial to our own return to Paradise.
The divine Fathers also set the anniversary of the exile of Adam from the Paradise of bliss on this day, at the entrance of Great Lent, to show us by deed as well as word how great is the benefit that accrues to man from fasting and repenting; and, on the contrary, how great the harm that comes from destructive gluttony and from disobedience to the divine commandments.

The sin of gluttony resulted in Adam and Eve’s banishment from Paradise, because they disobeyed God by eating from the tree which He had forbidden them.
The Church reminds us of this event to encourage us to return to that ancient glory and primeval happiness by means of fasting and obedience to God and His commandments.

By Thine ineffable compassion, O Christ our God, make us worthy of the delight of Paradise and have mercy on us, as Thou art alone the Lover of mankind. Amen.

But You, Friend of man, who fashioned me from the earth, and who donned compassion; recall me from servitude to the enemy and save me...

The Lord, my Creator, took me as dust from the earth, and with the breath of life He gave me a soul and made me a living creature.

On the Sunday of Forgiveness Holy Orthodox Church makes remembrance of the exile of the first-fashioned, Adam, from the Paradise of delight.

He honored me as ruler on earth over all things visible and as a companion of the Angels.
But Satan the deceiver, using the serpent as his instrument, enticed me by food, separated me from the glory of God and gave me over to the earth and to the lowest depths of death.
But as Master and compassionate, call me back again.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Great Feast of Theophany

“Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”
- According to Matthew 3:16-17

"He was born and baptized, that by His passion He might purify the water." 


When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity wast made manifest;
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dormition Fast

One of the most neglected fasts (feasts) by several of our Orthodox brethren and sisters is the Dormition (The repose of the Mother of God).  This fast dates are August the 1st through the 14th and it ends on the eve of the feast day, August 15th. Another feast day, the Transfiguration is celebrated on August the 6th.  Below you will find

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