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Saint Sophia Blog: March

The Nineteenth Day of Great Lent. Good News – Your Debt is Being Cancelled »

March 29th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, April 27, 2016 Recent conversations on the blog have bounced around the imagery of debt in the Scriptures. Contemporary Protestant thought often likes to express the notion of a “sin debt.” The idea runs that God’s righteousness and justice have proper demands. When we fail to keep the commandments, we create a debt for which God’s justice demands payment. Christ’s innocent self-offering on the Cross is […]

The Eighteenth Day of Great Lent. A Lenten Meditation, by Saint Leo the Great »

March 28th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

Dear friends, at every moment the earth is full of the mercy of God, and nature itself is a lesson for all the faithful in the worship of God. The heavens, the sea and all that is in them bear witness to the goodness and omnipotence of their Creator, and the marvelous beauty of the elements as they obey him demands from the intelligent creation a fitting expression of its […]

The Seventeenth Day of Great Lent. FASTING & PARTICIPATION IN LENTEN SERVICES »

March 27th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

[Not everyone] can attend the entire cycle of Lenten worship. Everyone can attend some of it. There is simply no excuse for not making Lent first of all the time for an increased attendance of and participation in the liturgy of the Church. Here again, personal conditions, individual possibilities and impossibilities can vary and result in different decisions, but there must be a decision, there must be an effort, and […]

The Sixteenth Day of Great Lent. Synaxis in Honor of the Archangel Gabriel »

March 26th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

On the Leavetaking of the Feast of the Annunciation, the Church commemorates the Archangel Gabriel, who announced the great mystery of the Incarnation of Christ to the Virgin Mary.  Mindful of the manifold appearances of the holy Archangel Gabriel and of his zealous fulfilling of God’s will and confessing his intercession for Christians before the Lord, the Orthodox Church calls upon its children to pray to the great Archangel with […]

The Fifteenth Day of Great Lent. The Annunciation of the Theotokos. »

March 25th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

THE ANNUNCIATION of the THEOTOKOS On the twenty-fifth day of this month we celebrate the Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. Verses The Angel announced to the Virgin the Great Son of the Father’s great Counsel. The Angel said, “Rejoice”, to Mary on the twenty-fifth. Synaxarion God, Who is merciful and loves mankind, is ever solicitous about the race of men. When, as a loving Father, […]