Lenten Encouragement

Greetings in the name of Our Lord +

Beloved in Christ, 
Tomorrow is Forgiveness Sunday, also known as Cheesefare Sunday.

Tomorrow evening, we will also celebrate Forgiveness Vespers at St. John the Baptist at 6 pm. This is a critical time of offering, and reciprocating, mutual forgiveness from one another. To truly begin Lent with a proper mindset, it behooves us all to attend.  The Forgiveness Vesper service may be downloaded here.

Beginning Monday, “Clean Monday”, the Holy Orthodox Church prescribes the medicine of fasting from meat, fish, dairy, eggs, wine, and olive oil. The strictness varies per day and week so please pick up a fasting calendar at Church, or online here. 

The first week of Great Lent begins with nightly services, as the astringent that pulls us out of this spiritually dead world and back into a spiritual Life of Christ. For consistency, all evening services begin at 6 pm.  Please frequently check the calendar here and consider adding it to your mobile device calendar.

Reflecting on the disruptions of last year, may we redouble our efforts at making Great Lent our priority as we journey in great hope, together, toward the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 


O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, meddling, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother; for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen. 

Love in Christ,
Fr. Mark

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