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The Lenten Eucharist
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

There can be little surprise that on the Sundays in Lent the Liturgy of St. Basil is used. It’s longer than St. John Chrysostom’s, and that alone is reason enough to use it during Lent. It is also “deeper” if I can dare to say such a thing. There’s just more doctrine in St. Basil’s Liturgy than in Chrysostom’s, mind you, not much, but more. In good Orthodox parlance, I might say it’s “fuller.”

Lenten services tend to be longer, and they’re meant to be. They tend to be more sober, and they’re meant to be. There are more of them – at least in the normal parish. Continue

Sunday of Orthodoxy in Indianapolis
Monday, March 2, 2015

Indianapolis, IN -  Most of the Orthodox churches in Central Indiana gathered for a service at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church for Vespers - to celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy.

Despite the bad weather many came and were fed spiritually (prayers of clergy and singing of choir and cantors) as well as physically (delicious Pitch-in meal).

Fr. Jerome Sanders offered a great sermon. Everyone present was anointed with the oil brought back from Jerusalem by one of the priests. All received a gift prepared by our nuns – icon with the information on back of it of all the Orthodox churches in central Indiana. We felt blessed, as we do each year, to come together in prayer and fellowship. We will continue gathering in different Orthodox churches throughout Great Lent for Vespers (and teachings) on Sunday evenings - this years theme is: Why do we believe what we believe.

The Sunday of Orthodoxy
Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy."

The Seventh Ecumenical Council dealt predominantly with the controversy regarding icons and their place in Orthodox worship. It was convened in Nicaea in 787 by Empress Irene at the request of Tarasios, Patriarch of Constantinople. The Council was attended by 367 bishops.

Almost a century before this, the iconoclastic controversy had once more shaken the foundations of both Church and State in the Byzantine empire. Excessive religious respect and the ascribed miracles to icons by some members of society, approached the point of worship (due only to God) and idolatry. This instigated excesses at the other extreme by which icons were completely taken out of the liturgical life of the Church by the Iconoclasts. The Iconophiles, on the other-hand, believed that icons served to preserve the doctrinal teachings of the Church; they considered icons to be man's dynamic way of expressing the divine through art and beauty. Continue

Eastern Diocese Holds Annual Assembly
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Weirton, WV - With the blessings of His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America the annual Diocesan Assembly was hosted this year by the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church in Stuebenville, Ohio at their Cultural Central located in nearby Weirton, West Virginia on February 20-21, 2015 


Assembly of Orthodox Bishops Sunday of Orthodoxy Message
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Longsuffering Lord, how wonderful are your works! Who will number your love for humankind? Who, when they see your Priests and Ascetics slain for the sake of your Icon, would not reject deceivers? But you, when insulted, endured. (Synodikon of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, 9th Ode)

 Sunday of Orthodoxy 2015 

To the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of Parish Councils, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Members of Philanthropic Organizations, the Youth and Youth Workers, and the entire Orthodox Christian Family in the United States of America Continue

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