Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 10 AM

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Righteous Jakov (James) of Borovichi

Righteous Iakov (James) Borovichi, Novgorod Wonderworker, in his youth took upon himself the ardous task of fool-for-Christ. Most of the details of his life are unknown. The Lord glorified him after death. In the year 1540, on the third day of Pascha, a large block of ice floated up against the current along the River Msta to the village of Borovichi (in Novgorod district), and on this block of ice stood the coffin (an oaken log) without cover, upon which lay the body of the youth. Shunning their responsibility, peasants with poles shoved the block of ice to mid-stream, but it returned to the shore. This was repeated three times. By night the youth appeared in a dream to the elders of the village, who had seen him upon the ice-floe, and said: "I too am a Christian just like ye. Push me not away. My name is Iakov, and I received my name in honor of Saint Iakov (James), Brother of the Lord".

Righteous Jakov
(James) of Borovich:Righteous Jakov (James) of Borovichi
Commemorated on May 22, October 23

The relics of the holy lad were at first placed in a chapel, and in 1544 transferred to the Holy Spirit church. Then was established a festal celebration to him. The Lord, having glorified his God-pleasing one, granted the relics of Saint Iakov a curative power. A feastday was established in 1572. In the Iconographic Originals it says about Saint Iakov: "The likeness of a lad, bare, girded with a piece of cloth". In 1657 Patriarch Nikon dispatched part of the relics to Valdai, to the Iversk monastery.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Acknowledge my brokenness

Acknowledge my brokenness

"The person who has come to know the weakness of human nature has gained experience of divine power. Such a person never belittles anyone. . . . He knows that God is like a good and loving physician who heals with individual treatment each of those who are trying to make progress" (St. Maximos the Confessor, 7th century). "A brother said to Abba Theodore, 'Speak a word to me for I am perishing.' Sorrowfully, the old man said: 'I myself am in danger. So what can I say to you?'"


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 all of the information you need to understand the reason and meaning for the fast and how to observe it. 

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