Icon of the Crucifixion

February  12 - March 22, 2023

The Holy and Great Fast

When you fast, do not be gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they already have their full reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that your fasting will not be obvious to men, but only to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:16-18)

The icon is of the Crucifixion. 

News of the Christian East

Feasts & Fasts - February 2024

Icon of the Prodigal Son Returning to his Father

Finding me naked, stripped of virtues, the enemy wounded me with the arrow of sin; but, O God, Physician of our souls and bodies, heal the wounds of my soul and have mercy on me. (Lenten Sunday Vespers, Tone 7)

Notice the the Lord says "when you fast", not "if you fast". And remember that fasting is part of a three-legged stool that supports us. The other two legs are prayer and almsgiving.

February
2 Encounter of Our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ with Simeon and Anna (Presentation of Our Lord Into the Temple)
3 First All-Souls Saturday
4 Sunday of the Second Coming of Christ (Meat-Fare)
11 Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese-Fare)
12 Beginning of the Holy Forty Days Fast
18 First Sunday of the Great Fast (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
19 President's Day (USA)
24 Second All-Souls Saturday
25 Second Sunday of the Great Fast (St. Gregory Palamas)

Please continue to pray for for a swift and peaceful conclusion to the wars in Ukraine, the Middle East, Ethopia and every conflict worldwide. Please also pray for the peace and safety of all those who are deprived of liberty. The Eparchy of Passaic is collecting stipends to support priests in Ukraine. The Eparchy of Newton is collecting dontations to support the Church in the Middle East. Please support them as best you can!

Teachings of Christ the Savior

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

Truth to Live By

"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want." (Proverbs 11:24 ESV)

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