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Pre-Lenten Sundays

Sunday, February 5th, 2023

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

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On this Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, we begin the services of the Lenten Triodion, and we sing,

Open to me the doors of repentance, O Life Giver,

for my spirit rises early to pray towards Thy Holy Temple.

bearing the temple of my body all defiled

but in Thy compassion

purify me by the loving-kindness of Thy mercy.

 

Lead me on the paths of salvation O Mother of God

For I have profaned my soul with shameful sins

and have wasted my life in laziness

but by your intercessions

deliver me from all impurity.

 

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy,

and according to the mutitude of Thy compassions, blot out my transgressions.

When I think of the many evil things I have done,

wretch that I am,

I tremble at the fearful day of judgement.

But trusting in Thy loving kindness,

Like David I cry to Thee:

Have mercy on me, O God.

Have mercy on me, O God.

Have mercy on me, O God,

according to Thy great mercy.

 

The Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee.

Through parables leading all mankind to amendment of life, Christ raises up the Publican from his abasement and humbles the Pharisee in his pride.

We see the exalted honour that comes through humility, and the grievous fall that comes through pride; let us, then, emulate the good actions of the Publican and hate the evil sin of the Pharisee.

Every good deed is made of no effect through foolish pride, while every evil is cleansed by humility. In faith let us embrace humility and utterly abhor the ways of vainglory.

The crafty enemy lies in wait for the righteous and despoils them through vainglory, while he binds sinners fast in the noose of despair. But let us emulate the Publican and hasten to escape from both these evils.

The Lenten Triodion

Afterfeast of the Meeting

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Simeon, take up the Creator of all in thine arms! Elder, take up Christ to Whom the Virgin Maiden gave birth without seed for the joy of mankind!

Let us assemble, O people, and let us hymn the only Benefactor, the Giver of the law, the Creator and God of the Law before Whom the ranks of Angels tremble, for the salvation of our souls!

Master, now let Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy word, for I have beheld Thee, O Christ, the pre-eternal Light of revelation for the Gentiles and for Israel Who hast bound me in the bonds of the flesh.

Outdoor Blessing of the Waters, 2016

Parish News


Holy Tuesday

Sergey shared some photos of the Prayers at the Property in Kernersville where our new church will be built!


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters.


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated Theophany and the Great Blessing of the Waters.


Holy Tuesday

We had the joy of the chrismations of Tristan, Emily, Zach, and Rebecca at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, on the Eve of Nativity.


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated Holy Nativity!


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated our Parish Picnic together in Triad Park in Kernersville, and it was a joy to gather together and relax and enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs and a lovely meal.


Holy Tuesday

We had the joy of celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony of Keith and Tambrey Owens on Sunday, August 28. May the Lord grant them many years of health and happiness!


Holy Tuesday

Michael, Theodora and Olga were chrismated!


Holy Tuesday

We have photographs of our celebration of Holy Pentecost!


Holy Tuesday

Our yard sale was a great success, thanks to hard-working volunteers!


Holy Tuesday

We have many photographs from our celebration of Pascha!


Holy Tuesday

We now also have photographs of the services and the procession on Palm Sunday.


Holy Tuesday

We have a photograph of the children with palm branches on Palm Sunday.


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated the Sunday of Orthodoxy with a procession with icons!


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated Theophany, and the Great Blessing of the Waters, and then on the Sunday after Theophany, the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters!


Holy Tuesday

On the Sunday before Theophany, Michael, Sheila, and Jenelle were received and blessed as Catechumens!


Holy Tuesday

On Sunday after Holy Nativity, there was a Typika service with communion.


Holy Tuesday

St. Nicholas visited Holy Cross! And we celebrated those who were most recently baptized and chrismated, and catechumens and inquirers.


Holy Tuesday

Jaxon was baptized!


Holy Tuesday

We have aerial video of the curbs and gutters being poured!


Holy Tuesday

We have video clips of the ongoing construction work on our building site!


Holy Tuesday

More Progress on our Building Site!


Holy Tuesday

Progress Continues on our Building Site!


Holy Tuesday

We have a new colored architectural elevation of our new church from the front!


Holy Tuesday

We have a new colored architectural elevation of our new church!


Holy Tuesday

We have photos from Week 3 of the work preparing the ground for building our new church!


Holy Tuesday

We have some video of the construction work preparing the ground for building our new church!


Holy Tuesday

Construction continues on our Kernersville property, and we have more new photos from the second week of work!


Holy Tuesday

On the feast of Saint Innocent of Alaska, Father Christopher was elevated to the rank of Archpriest for his faithful years of service.


Holy Tuesday

A few weeks after our Groundbreaking Service, the work on the site of our new church in Kernersville began, preparing the site for construction!


We have broken ground for our construction!

Holy Tuesday

Archbishop Alexander presided over our Groundbreaking Service celebrating the beginning of the construction process for our new church!


Easter Egg Hunt

We have photographs of the baptisms and chrismations on the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos!


Easter Egg Hunt

We have photographs of the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost!


Easter Egg Hunt

We have photographs of the Easter Egg Hunt held after the Paschal Agape Vespers!


Holy Tuesday

We celebrated Holy Pascha in our new home!


Holy Tuesday

Palm Sunday was a glorious celebration!


Holy Tuesday

We have some photos from the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross!


Holy Tuesday

Prayers at the Property have continued throughout the pandemic. Sergey took photographs on a lovely Spring day!


Holy Tuesday

St. Nicholas visited Holy Cross!


Holy Tuesday

We have photos of Anthony and Nikolai's Baptisms!


Holy Tuesday

We have photos of Leo's Baptism!


Holy Tuesday

We have photos of John's Chrismation!


Holy Tuesday

We have photos of Elijah's baptism!


Holy Tuesday

Despite the "Stay at Home" order, the Joy of Pascha was shared by the Faithful through a streaming service of the Paschal Hours and the Divine Liturgy of Pascha!


Holy Tuesday

The Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Saturday was streamed to the Faithful.


Holy Tuesday

The service in which the crucified Body of Christ is carried to the Tomb was streamed to the Faithful.


Holy Tuesday

The Bridegroom Matins of Holy Wednesday was streamed to the faithful on the Evening of Holy Tuesday. The video is available.


Holy Pascha

The Divine Liturgy of Palm Sunday was streamed to the faithful.


Holy Pascha

A video now is available of Father's Homily on the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos.


Holy Theophany

A video now is available of Father's Homily on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.


Holy Theophany

We are streaming services live for the faithful at home, and for all the world. We have a few screen captures from the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross.


Holy Theophany

We have some some photos fof the procession on the Sunday of Orthodoxy.


Holy Theophany

We have some some photos from the Sunday of Forgiveness.


Holy Theophany

We have some some photos of Jonah's baptism.


Holy Theophany

We have some video and photos from the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters on the Sunday after Theophany.


Holy Theophany

We have a few photos from the Great Blessing of the Waters on Theophany


For more, please see our Parish News, Photos and Videos page.

At the Service of the 12 Passion Gospels

Recent Sermons and Articles

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The more we forgive, the more courage we gather within our heart which in turn makes it easier to forgive the next time, and the time after that, and seventy-times seven that follow. When we begin living according to a life in Christ, our world changes, we perceive those around us differently. We begin to see them as Christ sees them. Most importantly, we recognize the grace of Christ operative in our lives. We can then echo the words of Saint Paul, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phillippians 4:13) and that includes forgiving everyone, even those who have wronged us greviously. Article