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The Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicaea
27 May 2023 at 5:12pm

syn 1 inThe Sunday which follows the Ascension, the sixth Sunday after Easter, is called the Sunday of the Holy Fathers. We commemorate then the bishops who met at the Synod of Nicaea, the earliest of the seven ecumenical Synods in terms of date.


Jesus Christ: the Son and Word of God (Sunday of the Holy Fathers)
27 May 2023 at 5:10pm

The Sunday of the Holy Fathers, which our Church celebrates during the time of Pentecost, is dedicated to the memory of the Holy and God-bearing Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Synod, in Nicaea, at which Saint Athanasios the Great and Saint Spyridon...

Sermon on the Apostolic reading for the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Fir...
26 May 2023 at 5:30pm

For this particular reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we see the Apostle Paul imparting his spiritual legacy upon the presbyters of Ephesus in an emotional farewell address at the seaside town of Miletus. Our Church, in its wisdom has chosen ...

‘Saint Ascension, give me a fish for my brother’
25 May 2023 at 6:45am

(edited by Stelios Koukos)

[As written by Saint Païsios the Athonite]

When I was a beginner in the Monastery of Esfigmenou, I was told by the venerable Elder Dorotheos that an elderly monk would come and help out in the Hospice. He was of such gr...

The Ascension does not mean the Abandonment but the Deification of the Human ...
25 May 2023 at 3:11am

As we know, the feast of the Ascension seals the first coming of Christ to the world, in the flesh. It thus completes the plan of God’s divine dispensation in the incarnation of his Son and Word as a human being. The nativity, the teaching, the  m...

The Ascension of Jesus Christ in Glory
25 May 2023 at 3:00am

‘God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.’[1]

The Ascension is the last event in Christ’s earthly life. Of course, Pentecost is the fulfilment of God’s dispensation, which is why is called ‘the last feast’[2]. God the Fat...

The Importance of the Ascension
25 May 2023 at 2:52am

The feast of the Ascension seems not to present any particular interest, but rather a certain sadness in our hearts that the Lord is departing from us. Nevertheless, the following points emerge from the Gospels and from our lives as Christians:


The Lord’s Ascension: the Visible Sign of God’s Reconciliation with Us
24 May 2023 at 5:04pm

The Lord’s Ascension is the visible sign of God’s reconciliation with us, but also the glorification of our human nature. This reconciliation and our glorification were achieved through the incarnation of the Son and Word of God, His teachings, Hi...

An open window
23 May 2023 at 5:01am

We’ve said before that God isn’t impassioned, punitive or vindictive. If he were so, he’d have to be evil. But there’s not a trace of wickedness in the divinity.

Every trial’s a divine lesson and a form of asceticism, which we’ve otherwise volunta...

On real prayer, which strikes through the heavens and reaches the throne of God
23 May 2023 at 4:55am

(edited by Stelios Koukos)

Noetic prayer is also called prayer of the heart. You ask if oral prayer can also be called prayer of the heart. Unless it’s pure, neither noetic or oral prayer can be called ‘of the heart’.

It’s prayer of the heart when...

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Newsletter "Facing East"

Saturday, 14 / 27 May
7:00AM Matins
8:00AM Divine Liturgy
5:30PM Vigil
Sunday, 15 / 28 May
8:40AM 3rd & 6th Hours
9:00AM Divine Liturgy, followed by Coffee Hour
5:00PM Vespers
Monday, 16 / 29 May
6:00AM Matins
5:00PM Vespers
Tuesday, 17 / 30 May
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5:00PM Vespers
Wednesday, 18 / 31 May
6:00AM Matins
6:00PM Vespers
7:00PM Bible Study - All are welcome!
Thursday, 19 May / 1 June
7:00AM Matins
8:00AM Divine Liturgy
5:00PM Vespers
Friday, 20 May / 2 June
6:00AM Matins
5:00PM Vespers
Saturday, 21 May / 3 June
7:00AM Matins
8:00AM Divine Liturgy
5:30PM Vigil