Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross- September 14

Ardently desiring to find the Cross upon which our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, Saint Constantine sent his mother, the pious Empress Helen, to Jerusalem. Saint Helen journeyed to the holy places connected with the earthly life of the Savior, building more than 80 churches, at Bethlehem the birthplace of Christ, and on the Mount […]

Great Martyr Panteleimon – Feast day July 27 

Panteleimon’s Christian mother passed away when he was just a child.  His pagan father sent him to study the medical sciences.  He became such a skilled physician that he was invited to become the doctor to the royals in Nicomedia.  His curiosity for Truth, Goodness and Beauty was not satiated by his studies though and he was led […]

Heaven or Earth

Vladimir the Great (feast July 15) was a seeker.  He was raised a pagan but was not content worshipping man-made idols.  As the prince of Kiev (modern Ukraine) at the turn of the 11th Century, he sent delegates to inform him of the various world religions.  He intended to discern which was the true faith […]


Here is some guidance on fasting.  The Eparchy’s guidance is in bold. As with everything I share, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  There are many different reasons why one may customize their fasting regimen including eating disorders and other medical realities.   Another very important and helpful teaching is to […]

Lenten Prayer

Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving Remember that prayer, fasting and almsgiving are tools, given by Our Lord, to help us navigate this pilgrimage of life, but especially during the desert journeys of the fasts.  They make us aware of, and able to receive, the treasures that are offered, and to avoid the hazards that are placed […]

The Fast of Cheese-fare Week (Fasting from Meat after feasting during Meatfare)

Today this fast is considered part of the Great Fast, a preparation period in which we enter gradually into the asceticism of the Fast. It originated, however, in the Oriental Orthodox (non-Chalcedonian) Churches and was separate from the Great Fast. It was called the fast of Nineveh, and was observed three weeks before the Great […]

God’s Mercy

On the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, we recall the reality of our daily reality. If you are anything like me, you find that during the previous day you walked away from God in some way. He let us run amuck and we are sorry for what we have done. The great news about God […]