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A Pan-Orthodox ministry that displays Christian love, mercy and compassion to the individuals, families and facilities it serves.

Prayer List for the Week of May 27, 2018

Gerald Largent

For healing: Metropolitan Joseph, Fr. Andrew, Fr. Goras, Fr. James, Fr. John, Fr. Vasiliy, Fr. Yves, Fr. Deacon Dmitri , Khouria Bonnie, Matushka Laryssa, Brother Demetrios, Ross, Justin, Steven, Marian, Paul, Dale, Roger, Nancy, Barbara, Claire, Maria, Victoria, Patricia, Mark, Nikolai, Anastasia, Nancy, Antoinette, Anne, Kevin, Sarah, Michael, Metodije, Annabelle, Alice, Kathleen, Walter, Jay, Denise, Denise, Leslie, David, Andrew, Anthony, Heather, Alexis, Robert, Dorothy, Harry, Donald, Joel, Nicholas, Gerald, William, Sylvia, Catherine, George, Alexander, Cassie, John, Patricia, Doug, Karen, Carol, Christine, Pamela, Heather, Katherine, Sabra, George, Jerry, John, George, Annie, Christina, Sid, Richard, James, Lee, Mary, Erin, Robert, Emily, Benjamin, Mary, Alexandru, Arthur, Marianne, Samuel, Ryan, Daniel, Alexander, Helen, Joanne, Rose Mary, Eleanor, Katherine, Tina, Diane, Irene, Alexis, Susan, Andrea, Martha, Marianne, Bridgett, Patricia, Olga, Michael

For God’s protection: Archbishops Paul Yazigi and John Ibrahim; all captives; all persecuted Christians throughout the world

For God’s protection: all those in the military

For God’s mercy and peace: those who are in hospice care

For God’s mercy, direction and protection: those who are unemployed, poor, hungry and/or homeless

*** We pray for: those who love us; those who hate us; those who have no one to pray for them; those who have asked us to pray for them, even though we are unworthy. ***

Departed: Fr. Bazyl, Fr. Valery, Helen, Calitia, Daniel, Michael, Carrie

Readings for the Week of May 27, 2018

Gerald Largent

5/27: Acts 2:1-11; John 7:37-52; 8:12
5/28: Ephesians 5:9-19; Matthew 18:10-20
5/29: Romans 1:1-7, 13-17; Matthew 4:25-5:13
5/30: Romans 1:18-27; Matthew 5:20-26
5/31: Romans 1:28-2:9; Matthew 5:27-32
6/1: Romans 2:14-29; Matthew 5:33-41
6/2: Romans 1:7-12; Matthew 5:42-48

Words from the Saints -- May 1, 2018

Gerald Largent

"Jesus became what we are that He might make us what He is." --St. Athanasius the Great

"God's desire to save you is greater than your enemy’s desire to destroy you." --St. Nicodemos

"God has granted us existence - the greatest gift of His goodness, and after we had fallen away from Him, from life into death, He gave us for our regeneration, to bring us back to life, His Son. How small in proportion are all the other gifts which we ask of Him in prayer, and how easy it is for Him to give them to us at the first word of true faith, if they are really necessary for us! Therefore it is perfectly unpardonable in us if we still doubt that we shall obtain what we ask of God in prayer. The Lord said plainly: 'Ask, and it shall be given you.' (Matthew 7:7)." --St. John of Kronstadt

"It is good that we make God's mercy known to all and speak to those close to us of the compassion and inexpressible bounty He has shown us." --St. Symeon the New Theologian

"He who does not make his will agree with God is tripped up by his own schemes and falls into the hands of his enemies." --St. Mark the Ascetic

"As long as there are holy people on earth, the earth will stand. If the earth stops producing saints then will come to an end." --St. Silouan of Mt. Athos

A meditation on the Resurrection (By Archimandrite Justin Popovic)

Gerald Largent

    People condemned God to death; with His Resurrection He condemned them to immortality. For striking Him, God returned embraces; for insults, blessings; for death, immortality. Never did men show more hate towards God than when they crucified Him; and God never showed His love towards people more than when He was resurrected. Mankind wanted to make God dead, but God, with His Resurrection, made people alive, the crucified God resurrected on the third day and thereby killed death ! There is no more death. Immortality is surrounding man and his entire world.
    With the Resurrection of the God-Man, the nature of man is irreversibly led toward the road of immortality and man's nature becomes destructive to death itself. For until the Resurrection of Christ, death was destructive for man; from the Resurrection of Christ, man's nature becomes destructive in death. If man lives in the faith of the Resurrected God Man, he lives above death, he is unreachable for her; death is under man's feet. Death where is thy sting? Hell, where is thy victory? And when a man who believes in Christ dies, he only leaves his body as his clothes, in which he will be dressed again on the Day of Last Judgement.
    Before the Resurrection of the God-Man, death was the second nature of man; life was first and death was second. Man became accustomed to death as something natural. But after His Resurrection the Lord changed everything: and it was only natural until Christ's Resurrection, that the people became mortal, so after Christ's Resurrection it was natural that the people became immortal.
    Through sin, man becomes mortal and temporal; with the Resurrection of the God-Man, he becomes immortal and eternal. In this lies the strength, in this lies the power, in this lies the might of Christ's Resurrection. Without the Resurrection there is no Christianity. Among the miracles, this is the greatest one; all other miracles begin and end with it. From it sprouted the faith and the love and the hope and the prayer and the love toward God.

Holy Saturday (April 7)

Gerald Largent

Holy Saturday (April 7)
Today hell cries out groaning: "My power has been swallowed up. The Shepherd is crucified and Adam is raised. I have been deprived of the ones whom I ruled. Those whom I devoured in my strength I have given up. He Who was crucified has emptied the tombs." The power of Death has been vanquished. Lord, glory to Your Cross and Resurrection.

Let all mortal flesh keep silent, and in fear and trembling stand, pondering nothing earthly-minded.  For the King of kings, and Lord of Lords comes to be slain, to give Himself as food to the faithful. Before Him go the ranks of angels, all the Principalities and Powers, the many-eyed Cherubim, and the six-winged Seraphim, covering their faces, chanting the hymn:  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
 

Holy Friday (April 6) 

Gerald Largent

Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung on the tree. The King of the Angels is decked with a crown of thorns. He who wraps the heavens in clouds is wrapped in the purple of mockery. He who freed Adam in the Jordan is slapped on the face. The Bridegroom of the Church is affixed to the cross with nails. The Son of the virgin is pierced by a spear.
We worship Your passion, O Christ! 
We worship Your passion, O Christ! 
We worship Your passion, O Christ! 
Show us also Your glorious resurrection.

Let us not keep the feast like the Jews, for our Passover, Christ God, has been slain for us. But let us cleanse ourselves of every defilement and with sincerity let us entreat Him: Rise, O Lord, and save us, for You are the Lover of Mankind!

Your cross, O Lord, is life and resurrection for Your people. Trusting in it, we praise You, our crucified God. Have mercy on us!

Holy Thursday (April 5)

Gerald Largent

When the glorious disciples were enlightened at the washing of their feet before the supper, then the impious Judas was darkened, ailing with avarice, and to the lawless judges he betrays You, the Righteous Judge. Behold, O lover of money, this man who because of money hanged himself. Flee from the greedy soul which dared such things against the Master. O Lord You are good towards all, glory to You!

Holy Wednesday (April 4): Hymn of St. Cassiani

Gerald Largent

The woman had fallen into many sins, 0 Lord, yet when she perceived Your divinity, she joined the ranks of the myrrh-bearing women. In tears she brought You myrrh before Your burial. She cried, "Woe is me! For I live in the night of licentiousness, shrouded in the dark and moonless love of sin. But accept the fountain of my tears, O You that gathered the waters of the sea into clouds. Bow down Your ear to the sighing of my heart, O You that bowed the heavens in Your ineffable condescension. Once Eve heard Your footstep in paradise in the cool of the day, and in fear she ran and hid herself. But now I will tenderly embrace those pure feet and wipe them with the hair of my head. Who can measure the multitude of my sins, or the depth of Your judgments, O Savior of my soul? Do not despise Your servant in Your immeasurable mercy."

Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday (April 2-3): Hymn of the Bridegroom

Gerald Largent

Behold, the Bridegroom comes at midnight, and blessed is the servant whom He shall find watching; and again, unworthy is the servant whom He shall find heedless. Beware, therefore, O my soul, do not be weighed down with sleep, lest you be given up to death and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom. But rouse yourself crying: Holy, Holy, Holy, are You, O our God! Through the Birthgiver-of-God have mercy on us!

Lazarus Saturday/Palm Sunday (March 31-April 1)

Gerald Largent

Giving us before Your Passion an assurance of the general resurrection, You have raised Lazarus, Christ our God. Therefore, like the children we also carry symbols of victory and cry to You, the Conqueror of Death: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord.

Words from the Saints -- March 27, 2018

Gerald Largent

"Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence." --St. Basil the Great

"Repentance is the beginning, middle and end of the Christian way of life..." --St. Gregory Palamas

"'I have sinned' is just three syllables; and yet in these three syllables the flames of the heart's sacrifice rise up to heaven." --St Augustine of Hippo

"He who has learned the law properly fears the Lawgiver and, fearing Him, he turns away from every evil." --St. Mark the Ascetic

"Fearful afflictions await the hard of heart, for without great sufferings they cannot become pliable and responsive." --St. Thalassios the Libyan

"The knowledge of God does not reside in a body that loves comforts." --St Isaac of Syria

Penitential Stanzas (Tone 1)

Gerald Largent

Savior, I have fallen into a great abyss because of my sins, and my transgressions weigh me down. Stretch out Your hand to me as You did to Peter, O Lord. Save me, O God, and have mercy on me.

My thoughts and deeds condemn me, O Savior. Give me the thought of turning back, that I may cry out to You: Save me, O God, and have mercy on me!

Another world awaits you, my soul: a Judge will soon reveal your secret and terrible thoughts and deeds! Do not linger, then, among the things that are here. Anticipate the Judgment and cry out to the Judge: Be merciful to me, O God, and save me!

Do not reject me at the testing, my Savior, though I am held fast by the laziness of sin. Arouse my thoughts to repentance; make me a proven worker of Your vineyard: grant me the wages of the eleventh hour and great mercy!

Words from the Saints -- March 20, 2018

Gerald Largent

"Complete trust in God; that is what Holy humility is." --St Porphyrios

"He who attains love cannot fall." --St. Macarios the Great

"What is the human mind without Christ? It’s a suffering, tortured lamentation. What is the human soul without Christ? It’s a talking scarecrow. What is our conscience, our free will? Hopeless blindness. What is the body without Christ? A disgusting, loathsome worm. What is our will? A helpless criminal In general, what are we without Christ? A terrible, external spectacle." --St. Justin Popovich

"We must give thanks for all things to the Lord, Who has rightly given us difficulties that we may learn patience, which is more beneficial than comforts, and ennobles the soul." --St. Moses of Optina 

"Prayer is food for the soul. Do not starve the soul; it is better to let the body go hungry. Do not judge anyone; forgive everyone. Consider yourself worse than everyone in the world and you will be saved. As much as possible, be more quiet." --St. Joseph of optima

"God loves us very much. He has us in mind in each and every moment and He protects us. We should know this and not be afraid of anything." --St. Porphyrios

"We must not allow Christ to be overshadowed by any regulations, any customs, any traditions, any aesthetic considerations, or even any piety."  --St. Maria of Paris

Penitential Stanzas (Tone 8)

Gerald Largent

Penitential Stanzas (Tone 8)
King and Master, the angels praise You without ceasing, and I fall before You crying out like the Tax-Collector:  God be merciful to me and save me (Luke 18:13)!

My soul, because you are immortal, be not overwhelmed by the waves of this life.  But return to sobriety and cry out to Your Benefactor:  God be merciful to me and save me!

Grant me tears, O God, as You once gave them to the woman who had sinned, and count me worthy to wash Your feet which have delivered me from the path of error.  As sweet-smelling ointment, let me offer You a pure life created in me through repentance.  And may I also hear the words which I long to hear:  Your faith have saved you, go in peace (Luke 7:37-50).

When I call to mind the many evils I have done, and I think about the fearsome day of judgement.  I am seized with trembling and I flee to You for refuge, the God Who loves mankind.  I beseech You Who alone are free from sin to turn not away from me.  But before the end comes grant compunction to my humbled soul and save me.

Words from the Saints -- March 13, 2018

Gerald Largent

"I prefer a sinful man who knows he has sinned and repents, to a man who has not sinned and considers himself to be righteous." --Abba Sarmatas

"To be Orthodox means to have the God-man Christ constantly in your soul, to live in Him, think in Him, feel in Him, act in Him. In other words, to be Orthodox means to be a Christ-bearer and a Spirit-bearer." --St. Justin Popovich

"When you want to resolve a complex problem, seek God's will in the matter, and you will find a constructive solution." --St. Mark the Ascetic

"Christians have a glory and a beauty and a heavenly wealth which is beyond words, and it is won with pains, and sweat, and trials, and many conflicts, and all by the grace of God." --St. Macarius the Great

"Prayer is a remedy against grief and depression. --St. Nilus

Penitential Stanzas (Tone 7)

Gerald Largent

King and Master, the angels praise You without ceasing, and I fall before You crying out like the Tax-Collector:  God be merciful to me and save me [Luke 18:13]!

My soul, because you are immortal, be not overwhelmed by the waves of this life.  But return to sobriety and cry out to Your Benefactor: God be merciful to me and save me!

Grant me tears, O God, as You once gave them to the woman who had sinned, and count me worthy to wash Your feet which have delivered me from the path of error.  As sweet-smelling ointment, let me offer You a pure life created in me through repentance.  And may I also hear the words which I long to hear:  Your faith have saved you, go in peace [Luke 7:37-50].

When I call to mind the many evils I have done, and I think about the fearsome day of judgement, I am seized with trembling and I flee to You for refuge, the God Who loves mankind.  You alone are free from sin and I beseech You not to turn away from me.  But before the end comes grant compunction to my humbled soul and save me.

Words from the Saints -- March 6, 2018

Gerald Largent

"God wants only one thing from us--humility. Nothing else." --St. Paisios the Athonite

"The only person who is free is the one who lives for Christ." --St. John Chrysostom

"Above all let us be convinced that nothing can happen to us apart from the providence of God."
 --St. Dorotheos of Gaza

"Let listening to worldly news be bitter food for you, and let the words of saintly men be as combs filled with honey." --St. Basil the Great

"Intelligent men have no need to listen to much talk, but should attend only to that which is profitable and guided by God's will." --St. Antony the Great

"Unbelievers, those who believe with difficulty, or believe in part, are those who do not show their faith through works. Apart from works the demons also believe (James 2:19) and confess Christ to be God and Master. 'We know who You are' (Mark 1:24), they say, 'You are the Son of God' (Matthew 8:29), and elsewhere, 'These men are servants of the Most High God' (Acts 16:17). Yet such faith will not benefit the demons, nor even humans. This faith is of no use, for it is dead." 
--St. Symeon the New Theologian

Penitential Stanzas (Tone 6)

Gerald Largent

I have no repentance and no tears. Therefore, Savior, I entreat You: Before the end comes convince me to turn back and grant me compunction, that I may be delivered from torment. 

Christ, at Your fearsome Second Coming may we not hear the words: I do not know you (Matthew 25:12).  For we have put our trust in You, Savior, though in our negligence we do not keep Your Commandments.  Still we entreat that You save our souls.

Savior and Physician of Our Souls and Bodies: Heal the wounds of my heart inflicted on me through my many sins.  For You always grant forgiveness of transgressions to those who ask.  Lord, grant me tears of repentance and remission of my transgressions, and have mercy on me.

Finding me naked, stripped of virtues, the Enemy wounded me with the arrow of sin.  But God, Physician of Our Souls and Bodies, heal the wounds of my soul and have mercy on me.

Words from the Saints -- February 6, 2018

Gerald Largent

"Establish yourself in God and then you will be helpful to others." --St. Seraphim of Sarov

"If man remembered that it is written: 'By your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned,' (Matthew 12:37) he would choose to remain silent." --St. Poemen

"When a bad or gloomy thought, fear or temptation threatens to afflict you, don’t fight it to try and get rid of it. Open your arms to Christ’s love and he will embrace you, then it will vanish by itself." --St. Porphyrios

"Do not be always wanting everything to turn out as you think it should, but rather as God pleases, then you will be undisturbed and thankful in prayer." --St. Nilus

"Every Christian should find for himself the imperative and inventive to become holy. If you live without struggle and without hope of becoming holy, then you are Christians only in name and not in essence." --St. Philaret of Moscow