April 01 Our Venerable Mother Mary of Egypt

Our holy mother Mary of Egypt who, a notorious Alexandrian sinner, was converted to God in the Holy City. With the Blessed Virgin interceding for her, she led a penitential life across the Jordan. She died in Palestine after forty-seven years of penitence (c. 530).   Troparion While you had been a vessel of fornication, […]

March 31 Our Venerable Father Hypatius, Bishop of Gangra

Our venerable father Hypatius was born in Cilicia and was the bishop of Gangra. He was present at the First Ecumenical Council (Nicea, 325) and was renowned by all for his pious life and miracle-working. The Emperor Constantius ordered that a likeness of Hypatius be made during the saint’s lifetime. The emperor kept the likeness […]

March 30 Our Venerable Father John Climacus, Author of “The Ladder”

Our venerable father John Climacus is the author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent. John came to Mount Sinai as a sixteen year old youth and remained there, first as a novice, later as a recluse, and finally as abbot of Sinai until his eightieth year, when he reposed, in about the year 649. After […]

Great and Holy Week Activities for Families:  From Carolina Chirdon

N.B.:  The links included in this post are not visible to everyone for some reason.  They can usually be found if you hover over the black space where they should be.  Sorry for the inconvenience! ———– We’re so excited for Holy Week! Here are some family traditions that we do this week. I want to […]

March 29 Our Venerable Father Mark, Bishop of Arethusa; The Deacon Cyril & his Companions

Our venerable hieromartyr Mark, Bishop of Arethusa, suffered for his faith in Christ under the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363). By order of the emperor Constantine, St. Mark had once destroyed a pagan temple and built a Christian church. When Julian came to the throne, he persecuted Christians and tried to restore paganism. Some citizens […]

March 28 Our Venerable Father Hilary the Younger; The Holy Stephen the Wonder-worker

Our venerable father Hilarion (Hilary) the New, Heguman of Pelekete Monastery, from his youth devoted himself to the service of God and spent many years as a hermit. Because of his holy and blameless life he was ordained to the holy priesthood, and later he was made igumen of the Pelekete monastery, near the Dardanelles, […]

March 27 Our Holy Mother Matrona of Thessalonica

An orphan, our holy mother Matrona was a servant in the home of a Jewish man in Thessalonica in the mid-fourth century. The wife of her master continually mocked Matrona for her faith in Christ. She tried to persuade Matrona to deny Christ and attend the synagogue. But the meek Matrona went about her work […]

March 26 Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Gabriel

The holy archangel Gabriel is the herald of the Incarnation of the Son of God. He is one of the seven archangels who stand before the throne of God. He appeared to Zacharias to announce the birth of the Forerunner. Gabriel said of himself: I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God (Luke […]

Sunday Bulletin 3/26/23

WEEKLY SCHEDULE Saturday, Mar. 25  –  Annunciation of the Theotokos   9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy 5:00 PM          Santa Paula Outreach Divine Liturgy Sunday, Mar. 26  –  5th Sunday of the Great Fast         8:30 AM          Matins 9:30 AM          Divine Liturgy 12:00 PM        Chant Class: hymns for Holy Week and Pascha Monday, Mar. 27  –  […]