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Saint Sophia Blog: March

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent. Salvation is Possible Until the Very Last Moment, But Don’t Wait »

March 31st, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

One of the criminals who were hanged, railed at Him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, ”Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come […]

Saturday of Lazarus »

March 31st, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Archpriest Alexander Schmemann The joy that permeates and enlightens the service of Lazarus Saturday stresses one major theme: the forthcoming victory of Christ over Hades. “Hades” is the Biblical term for Death and its universal power, for inescapable darkness that swallows all life and with its shadow poisons the whole world. But now — with Lazarus’ resurrection — “death begins to tremble.” A decisive duel between Life and Death begins […]

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent. The Greatest Example of Forgiveness! »

March 30th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:33-34 (From the Eighth Gospel of Holy Thursday Evening) In Matthew 18:23-35, Jesus tells us a parable about an unforgiving servant. A man owed his king more money […]

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent. Even Christ Had Help Carrying His Cross »

March 29th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

As they went out, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry His cross. Matthew 27:32 (From the Sixth Gospel of Holy Thursday Evening) Many years ago, as we prepared to open up the Diakonia Center (the place we use for summer camp) in South Carolina, I was working with a group of people setting up the ropes course that we use. […]

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent. Stop Passing the Buck! »

March 28th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see    to it yourselves.” Matthew 27:24 (From the Fifth Gospel of Holy Thursday Evening) Pontius Pilate, depending on one’s perspective, is almost a “tragic” figure in the Passion of Christ. Because he wanted to do the […]