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

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

Readings for the Week of April 7, 2019

Gerald Largent

4/7: Ephesians 5:9-19; Hebrews 6:13-20; Matthew 4:25-5:12; Mark 9:17-31

4/8: Isaiah 37:33-38:6; Genesis 13:12-18; Proverbs 14:27-15:4

4/9: Isaiah 40:18-31; Genesis 15:1-15; Proverbs 15:7-19

4/10: Isaiah 41:4-14; Genesis 17:1-9; Proverbs 15:20-16:9

4/11: Isaiah 42:5-16; Genesis 18:20-33; Proverbs 16:17-17:17

4/12: Isaiah 45:11-17; Genesis 22:1-18; Proverbs 17:17-18:5

4/13: Hebrews 9:1-7, 24-28; Mark 8:27-31; Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

Penitential Hymns (Tone 3)

Gerald Largent

I have spent the days of my life in laziness, drawing near to the end in condemnation. I have given no thought to the judgment that awaits me, nor to my separation from God. But Savior, turn me back and take me from all of this.

Save me, O Lord my God: You are the salvation of all! The storm of my passions troubles me; the yoke of my sins weighs me down! Stretch out Your hand to help me; lead me to the light of repentance, for You alone are the compassionate Lover of mankind!

O Lord, gather my scattered mind and cleanse my barren heart. Grant me repentance as You gave to Peter, groans as You gave the Publican and tears as the harlot, so that I may cry to You with a loud voice: save me, O God, as You alone are tender-hearted and the Lover of mankind!

Often when I stand to sing the hymns, I am found to be committing sins! With my tongue I am singing praises, but with my soul, I am considering inappropriate things! But correct both through repentance, Christ God, and save me!

Readings for the Week of March 31, 2019

Gerald Largent

3/31: Hebrews 4:14-5:6; Mark 8:34-9:1

4/1: Isaiah 14:24-32; Genesis 8:21-9:7; Proverbs 11:19-12:6

4/2: Isaiah 25:1-9; Genesis 9:8-17; Proverbs 12:8-22

4/3: Isaiah 26:21-27:9; Genesis 9:18-29; Proverbs 12:23-13:9

4/4: Isaiah 28:14-22; Genesis 10:32-11:9; Proverbs 13:20-14:6

4/5: Isaiah 29:13-23; Genesis 12:1-7; Proverbs 14:15-26

4/6: Hebrews 6:9-12; 1 Corinthians 15:47-57; Mark 7:31-37; John 5:24-30

Penitential Hymns (Tone 2)

Gerald Largent

I have sinned against You, Christ our Savior, like the prodigal son. Father, accept me in repentance. Have mercy on me, O God.

I cry to You, Christ our Savior, with the voice of the publican. Be merciful to me, as to him. Have mercy on me, O God.

When I think of my detestable and horrible deeds, I fly for refuge to Your compassion, imitating the publican, the weeping harlot and the prodigal son. So I fall before You, Merciful One: Before You condemn me, my God rather spare me and have mercy on me!

Overlook my transgressions, Lord born of the Virgin. Cleanse my heart, making it a temple of the Holy Spirit! Do not make me as nothing before Your face, since You have boundless mercy!

Readings for the Week of March 24, 2019

Gerald Largent

3/24: Hebrews 1:10-2:3; 7:26-8:2; Mark 2:1-12; John 10:9-16

3/25: Hebrews 2:11-18; Luke 1:24-38; Isaiah 8:13-9:7; Genesis 6:9-22; Proverbs 8:1-21

3/26: Isaiah 9:9-10:4; Genesis 7:1-5; Proverbs 8:32-9:11

3/27: Isaiah 10:12-20; Genesis 7:6-9; Proverbs 9:12-18

3/28: Isaiah 11:10-12:2; Genesis 7:11-8:3; Proverbs 10:1-22

3/29: Isaiah 13:2-13; Genesis 8:4-21; Proverbs 10:31-11:12

3/30: Hebrews 10:32-38; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Mark 2:14-17; John 5:24-30

Penitential Hymns (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, Lord. Save me, O God, and have mercy on me.

My thoughts and deeds condemn me, 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!

Readings for the Week of March 17, 2019

Gerald Largent

3/17: Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-12:2; John 1:43-51

3/18: Isaiah 4:2-6; 5:1-7; Genesis 3:21-4:7; Proverbs 3:34-4:22

3/19: Isaiah 5:7-16; Genesis 4:8-15; Proverbs 5:1-15

3/20: Isaiah 5:16-25; Genesis 4:16-26; Proverbs 5:15-6:3

3/21: Isaiah 6:1-12; Genesis 5:1-24; Proverbs 6:3-20

3/22: Isaiah 7:1-14; Genesis 5:32-6:8; Proverbs 6:20-6:35

3/23: Hebrews 3:12-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Mark 1:35-44; John 5:24-30

Penitential Hymns (Tone 8)

Gerald Largent

The angels never cease singing praises to You, and I fall before You, King and Master! I cry out like the Publican: Be merciful to me, O God, and save me!

Since you are immortal, my soul, do not be overwhelmed by the waves of life. Come to your senses and cry out to the Benefactor: Be merciful to me, O God, and save me!

When I grasp with my mind the great number of terrible things I have done, and go in my thoughts to that terrible reckoning, I tremble with fearfulness! I flee for refuge to You, O God and Lover of Mankind! I humbly pray: do not turn from me, Sinless Lord, but grant my lowly soul repentance before the end and save me!

Give me tears, O God, as You once did to the woman who had sinned, and thus count me worthy to drench Your feet -- those feet which freed me from the path of error. As fragrant ointment let me offer You a life of purity acquired by me through repentance that I too may hear that voice for which i pray, saying: Your faith has saved you; go in peace!

Readings for the Week of March 10, 2019

Gerald Largent

3/10: Romans 13:11-14:4; Matthew 6:14-21

3/11: Isaiah 1:1-20; Genesis 1:1-13; Proverbs 1:1-20

3/12: Isaiah 1:19-2:3; Genesis 1:14-23; Proverbs 1:20-33

3/13: Isaiah 2:3-11; Genesis 1:24-2:3; Proverbs 2:1-22

3/14: Isaiah 2:11-22; Genesis 2:4-19; Proverbs 3:1-18

3/15: Isaiah 3:1-14; Genesis 2:20-3:20; Proverbs 3:19-34

3/16: Hebrews 1:1-12; 2 Timothy 2:1-10; Mark 2:23-3:5; John 15:17-16:2

Readings for the Week of March 3, 2019

Gerald Largent

3/3: 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2; Matthew 25:31-46

3/4: 3 John 1:1-15; Luke 19:29-40; 22:7-39

3/5: Jude 1:1-10; Luke 22:39-42, 45-23:1

3/6: Joel 2:12-26; Joel 3:12-21

3/7: Jude 1:11-25; Luke 23:2-34, 44-56

3/8: Zechariah 8:7-17; Zechariah 8:19-23

3/9: Romans 14:19-23; 16:25-27; Matthew 6:1-13

Words from the Saints -- February 26, 2019

Gerald Largent

"Forgiveness is better than revenge." --St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

"Another man's sin does not increase our own, unless we ourselves embrace it by means of evil thoughts." --St. Mark the Ascetic

"My son, always strive to be simple and kind. Do not have one thing in your heart and another thing on your tongue, for this is a ruse and a lie." --St. Nilus of Mount Sinai

"Gentleness attains its highest expression when we keep our heart calm in the face of someone who is provoking us, and actually show him our love." --St. John Climacus

"Do not become harsh and unmerciful. Think that behind him who seeks charity from you, is the Lord Himself… Give charity for your own benefit and for the benefit of those who are really poor. The Lord will reward you." --St. John Chrysostom

"Ascetic struggle--fasting, vigils, patience, forbearance - produces a clear conscience." --St. Thalassios the Libyan

Readings for the Week of February 24, 2019

Gerald Largent

2/24: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Luke 15:11-32

2/25: 1 John 2:18-3:10; Mark 11:1-11

2/26: 1 John 3:11-20; Mark 14:10-42

2/27: 1 John 3:21-4:6; Mark 14:43-14:72

2/28: 1 John 4:20-5:21; Mark 15:1-15

3/1: 2 John 1:1-13; Mark 15:22-25, 33-41

3/2: 1 Corinthians 10:23-28; Luke 21:8-9, 25-27, 33-36

Words from the Saints -- February 19, 2019

Gerald Largent

"As a fish cannot swim without water, and as a bird cannot fly without air, so a Christian cannot advance a single step without Christ." --St. Gregory the Theologian

"We are not without hope of salvation, nor is it at all the right time for us to despair. All our life is a season of repentance, for God 'desires not the death of the sinner', as it is written, 'but that the wicked turn from his way and live' (Ezekiel 33:11). For, if there were no hope of turning back, why would death not have followed immediately on disobedience, and why would we not be deprived of life as soon as we sin? For where there is hope of turning back, there is no room for despair." --St. Gregory Palamas

"Give no ear to the slanderer's talk nor let your talk run on in the fault-finder's hearing, by readily speaking and listening to things against your neighbor; otherwise you will fall from divine charity [love] and be found a foreigner to eternal life." --St. Maximos the Confessor

"Humility consists, not in condemning our conscience, but in recognizing God's grace and compassion." --St. Mark the Ascetic

"Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife." --St. Leo the Great

Prayer List for the Week of February 17, 2019

Gerald Largent

For healing: Fr. James, Fr. John, Fr. Vasiliy, Fr. Yves, Fr. Deacon Dmitri, Matushka Laryssa, Brother Demetrios, Ross, Justin, Steven, Marian, Paul, Dale, Roger, Nancy, Claire, Patricia, Mark, Nikolai, Anastasia, Donna, Nancy, William, Antoinette, Metodije, Annabelle, Alice, Kathleen, Walter, Jay, Denise, Denise, Heather, Alexis, Robert, Gerald, Sylvia, George, Alexander, Cassie, John, Karen, Pamela, Sabra, Sid, Robert, Marianne, Ryan, Joanne, Rose Mary, Diane, Robert, Irene, Marianne, Michael, Marie, Timothy, Jon, Lisa, Mary, Donald, Orsha, Samuel, Carolyn, Eugenia, Michael, Sal, Basil, Marguerite

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. Joseph, Julia, Laura, Helen, Marguerite

Readings for the Week of February 17, 2019

Gerald Largent

2/17: 2 Timothy 3:10-15; Luke 18:10-14

2/18: 2 Peter 1:20-2:9; Mark 13:9-13

2/19: 2 Peter 2:9-22; Mark 13:14-23

2/20: 2 Peter 3:1-18; Mark 13:24-31

2/21: 1 John 1:8-2:6; Mark 13:31-14:2

2/22: 1 John 2:7-17; Mark 14:3-9

2/23: 2 Timothy 3:1-9; Luke 20:45-21:4

Words from the Saints -- February 12, 2019

Gerald Largent

"A self-indulgent heart becomes a prison and chain for the soul when it leaves this life; whereas a diligent heart is an open door." --St. Mark the Ascetic

"Destroy two thoughts within yourself: do not consider yourself worthy of anything great, and do not think that any other man is much lower than you in worthiness. Learn humility beforehand, which the Lord commanded in word and showed forth in deed. Hence, do not expect obedience from others, but be ready for obedience yourself." --St. Basil the Great

"The memory of insults is the residue of anger. It keeps sins alive, hates justice, ruins virtue, poisons the heart, rots the mind, defeats concentration, paralyzes prayer, puts love at a distance, and is a nail driven into the soul. If anyone has appeased his anger, he has already suppressed the memory of insults…. In order to appease the anger, love is necessary." --St. John Climacus

"Has someone offended you? Guard your breast with the sign of the Cross; remember what took place on the Cross, and all will be extinguished. Think not of offenses only, but recall also whatever good you have received from the one who has offended you, and at once you shall grow meek. Bring to mind the fear of God, and quickly you shall grow more temperate and calm. Train yourself not to offend another during offenses themselves, and then, when offended, you will not feel grief. Think to yourself that he who is offending you is in a frenzy and not in his right mind, and then you will not be annoyed at the offense." --St. John Chrysostom

Words from the Saints -- February 5, 2019

Gerald Largent

"You should seek to have, as your friends, persons who will be of help to you in the way of life you want. Let your friends be lovers of peace, those who are spiritual soul mates, and those who are saintly." --St. Theodoros the Ascetic

"Love sinners, but hate their works, and do not despise them for their faults, lest you be tempted by the same. Remember that you share the earthly nature of Adam and that you are clothed with his infirmity." --St. Isaac the Syrian

"Do not be irritated either with those who sin or those who offend; do not have a passion for noticing every sin in your neighbor, and for judging him, as we are in the habit of doing. Everyone shall give an answer to God for himself. Everyone has a conscience, everyone hears God's Word, and knows God's Will, either from books, or from conversation with other people. Especially do not look with evil intention upon the sins of your elders, which do not regard you; 'to his own master he stands or falls.' Correct your own sins, amend your own life." --St. John of Kronstadt

"Children, I beseech you to correct your hearts and thoughts, so that you may be pleasing to God. Consider that although we may reckon ourselves to be righteous and frequently succeed in deceiving men, we can conceal nothing from God. Let us therefore strive to preserve the holiness of our souls and to guard the purity of our bodies with all fervor. Ye are the temple of God, says the divine Apostle Paul; If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy." --St. Nicholas of Myra

"Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man’s fortune; and many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger." --St. Basil the Great

Words from the Saints -- January 29, 2019

Gerald Largent

"If we have a strong relationship with God, this will distinguish our relationship with others. We will be able to be a source of peace, tranquility, and comfort to them." --St. Anthony the Great

"Sometimes men are tested by pleasure, sometimes by distress or by physical suffering. By means of His prescriptions the Physician of souls administers the remedy according to the cause of the passions lying hidden in the soul." --St. Maximos the Confessor

"How can we have victory over the enemy? By running to God for shelter." --St. John Chrysostom

"A little fire softens a large piece of wax. So, too, a small indignity often softens, sweetens and wipes away suddenly all the fierceness, insensibility and hardness of our heart." --St. John Climacus

"The demons very much fear six virtues: 1) hunger, 2) thirst, 3) the Prayer of Jesus, 4) the sign of the Cross, that is, he who makes the sign of the Cross correctly upon himself, 5) frequent Communion of the Most Pure Mysteries of Christ (Holy Communion), if one worthily communes, and 6) undoubting hope in God. There is nothing more frightful than this weapon against the demons." --St. Paisius

Words from the Saints -- January 15, 2019

Gerald Largent

"All material wealth is the same, but is acquired in many different ways; similarly, virtue is one, but is many-sided in its operations." --St. Mark the Ascetic

"What is it to be a fool for Christ? It is to control one's thoughts when they stray out of line. It is to make the mind empty and free..." --St. John Chrysostom

"From humility it is known that a man is a true disciple of Jesus, meek and humble of heart. If we wish to show evidence that we are true Christians, let us learn from Christ to be humble as He Himself enjoins us, 'Learn of Me; for I am meek, and lowly in heart'" (Matthew 11:29). --St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

"Death is, properly speaking, separation from God, and 'the sting of death is sin.' In taking it on, Adam was banished at once from the Tree of Life, from Paradise, and from God, whereupon there followed, of necessity, the death of the body. On the other hand, life is, properly speaking, the One who says 'I am the life.' By His death He brought back to life again the one who had died." --St. Maximos the Confessor

"If you see your neighbor in sin, don’t look only at this, but also think about what he has done or does that is good, and in frequently trying this in general, while not partially judging, you will find that he is better than you." --St. Basil the Great

Words from the Saints -- January 8, 2019

Gerald Largent

"Nothing equals the mercy of God or surpasses it. To despair is therefore to inflict death on oneself." --St. John Climacus

"The aim of prayer is that we should acquire from it love of God, for in prayer are to be found all sorts of reasons for loving God." --St. Isaac the Syrian

"Faith requires obedience, and not curiosity; and when God commands, one ought to be obedient, not curious." --St. John Chrysostom

"If you share secretly in the joy of someone you envy, you will be freed from your jealousy; and you will also be freed from your jealousy if you keep silent about the person you envy." --St. Thalassios the Libyan

"My God, I do not know what you will do, but I surrender myself to you completely so that you will make me into a human being." --St. Paisios

"God is not known by science, but by the Holy Spirit. Many philosophers and learned men came to the belief that God exists, but they did not know God. It is one thing to believe that God exists and another to know Him. If someone has come to know God by the Holy Spirit, his soul will burn with love for God day and night, and his soul cannot be bound to any earthly thing." --St. Silouan of Mt. Athos