The Orthodox Church approaches the Great Lent which will start on March 15th according to the Julian calendar. In order to prepare for the Lenten journey, the Church gives us four pre-lenten weeks to help us understand why we fast.
The Sunday of the Prodigal Son is the second Sunday of pre-Lent, the weeks of preparation preceding Great Lent. In this video, our sisters and laity will speak about their personal experience and will answer questions connected with the Sunday of the Prodigal Son.
The chant Cherubic Hymn is performed by St Elisabeth Convent's Monastic Choir. The Cherubic Hymn is the song of the angels, sung during every Divine Liturgy of the year with the exception of the liturgies of the Presanctified Gifts and those of Holy Thursday and…
Father Andrey Lemeshonok gives a sermon on the day of commemoration of New Martyrs. "We commemorate New Martyrs and all others who laid down their lives for Christ. Due to them we're in this church today. But we don't know what will happen to us in future."
On this first Sunday of the Triodion’s pre-Lenten period, our lay sisters will answer questions about the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican on the spot. Our lay brother Nicholas came up with some interesting questions to the sisters about their own experience.
We should have a purpose to our lives, and do all we can to live up to it. Yet some lives look more like an abandoned corner of a field overgrown with weed. People seem to be living them without a sense of purpose, and some may have given up looking for it.
There are popular videos on YouTube propagating "special mindfulness methods", which you need to listen to for several days in a row, twice a day. I tried listening to the mantras several times, and then I wondered if I was allowed to listen…