Saint Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church
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5th Sunday of Great Lent:

St. Mary of Egypt

  Divine Liturgy Sunday April 18 @ 10am 

     St Zosimas (April 4) was a monk at a certain Palestinian monastery on the outskirts of Caesarea. Having dwelt at the monastery since his childhood, he lived there in asceticism until he reached the age of fifty-three. Then he was disturbed by the thought that he had attained perfection, and needed no one to instruct him. “Is there a monk anywhere who can show me some form of asceticism that I have not attained? Is there anyone who has surpassed me in spiritual sobriety and deeds?”

     Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Zosimas, you have struggled valiantly, as far as this is in the power of man. However, there is no one who is righteous (Rom 3:10). So that you may know how many other ways lead to salvation, leave your native land, like Abraham from the house of his father (Gen 12:1), and go to the monastery by the Jordan.”

     Abba Zosimas immediately left the monastery, and following the angel, he went to the Jordan monastery and settled in it.

     Here he met Elders who were adept in contemplation, and also in their struggles. Never did anyone utter an idle word. Instead, they sang constantly, and prayed all night long. Abba Zosimas began to imitate the spiritual activity of the holy monks.

     Thus much time passed, and the holy Forty Day Fast approached. There was a certain custom at the monastery, which was why God had led St Zosimas there. On the First Sunday of Great Lent the igumen served the Divine Liturgy, everyone received the All-Pure Body and Blood of Christ. Afterwards, they went to the trapeza for a small repast, and then assembled once more in church.  

     The monks prayed and made prostrations, asking forgiveness one of another. Then they made a prostration before the igumen and asked his blessing for the struggle that lay before them. During the Psalm “The Lord is my Light and my Savior, whom shall I fear? The Lord is defender of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” (Ps 26/27:1), they opened the monastery gate and went off into the wilderness.      

 Read the whole story HERE      -      Listen to Fr. Lawrence read the story of St. Mary of egypt HERE

 

Tuesday April 13 @ 6pm

Small Compline and reading of the inspiring life story of

St. Mary

of Egypt

Thursday April 15

6 pm Compline and the

Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 

Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos

 Saturday April 17 at 9am

 

 Wednesday April 14 at 6 PM   

Liturgy of  the Presanctified Gifts 

A Potluck supper follows service 

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2021  Lenten Reading Challenge

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All Four Gospels During Great Lent 

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An Introduction to the

Orthodox Christian Church

Adapted from: John Meyendorff. The Orthodox Church

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An Invitation to Worship

Fr. Michael Gillis

December 12, 2020

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Lent - An Intimate Journey to God

Fr. Vasile Tudora

Lesson from the sermon on the mount

 

Success through failure in Lent

Fr. Michael Gillis

 

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