Saint Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church
Proclaiming & Living the Holy Orthodox Faith
in the California Central Valley

 Divine Liturgy Sunday March 19 @ 10am 


Veneration of the Precious Cross


The Third Sunday of Lent is that of the Veneration of the Cross. The cross stands in the midst of the church in the middle of the lenten season not merely to remind men of Christ’s redemption and to keep before them the goal of their efforts, but also to be venerated as that reality by which man must live to be saved. “He who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Mt.10:38). For in the Cross of Christ Crucified lies both “the power of God and the wisdom of God” for those being saved (1 Cor.1:24).

Troparion — Tone 4

O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians, over their adversaries. And by virtue of Thy Cross preserve Thy habitation!

Kontakion — Tone 7

Now the flaming sword no longer guards the gates of Eden; it has mysteriously been quenched by the wood of the Cross! The sting of death and the victory of hell have been vanquished; for Thee, O my Savior, have come and cried to those in hell: “Enter again into paradise.”


Lenten Reading Schedule
Read All Four Gospels During Great Lent
Click on Chapter numbers to READ in Bible Gateway (RSV Version) 
Click HERE to LISTEN to the AUDIO Bible  (ESV Version)
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Feb 27:  Matthew 1-2 March 06:   Matthew 15-16 March 13:  Mark 1-2 March 20: Mark 15-16
Feb 28:  Matthew 3-4 March 07:  Matthew 17-18 March 14:  Mark 3-4 March 21:   Luke 1-2
March 01:  Matthew 5-6 March 08:  Matthew 19-20 March 15:  Mark 5-6 March 22:   Luke 3-4
March 02:  Matthew 7-8 March 09:  Matthew 21-22 March 16:  Mark 7-8 March 23:   Luke 5-6
March 03:   Matthew 9-10 March 10:  Matthew 23-24 March 17:   Mark 9 -10 March 24: Luke 7-8
March 04:  Matthew 11-12 March 11:  Matthew 25-26 March 18:   Mark 11-12 March 25: Luke 9-10
March 05: Matthew 13-14 March 12:  Matthew 27-28 March 19:   Mark 13-14 March 26:  Luke 11-12
Week 5 Week 6 Week 7
March 27:  Luke 13-14 April 03:  John 3-4 April 10:  John 17-18
March 28:  Luke 15-16 April 04:  John 5-6 April 11:  John 19-20
March 29:  Luke 17-18 April 05:  John 7-8 April 12:  John 21
March 30:  Luke 19-20 April 06:  John 9-10  
March 31:  Luke 21-22 April 07:  John 11-12  
April 01:  Luke 23-24 April 08:  John 13-14  
April 02:  John 1-2 April 09:  John 15-16  


An Introduction to the

Orthodox Christian Church

Adapted from: John Meyendorff. The Orthodox Church

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An Invitation to Worship
An Invitation to Worship

What in the world is an Orthodox Christian?  

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Glossary of Orthodox Terms

Extensive and excellent guide to Orthodox

Christian vocabulary

by the Orthodox Church of the Mother of God 



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