Day 9 - Protect Your Mouth

Today is week 2, day 2, and you might be wondering by now, if not sooner, and definitely later, why are you doing this whole Great Lenten Journey? Is it worth the struggle? Shouldn’t you be building your immune system for the COVID19 virus? As we continue our self-reflection on the Scripture readings this week, take a moment and read today’s reading from Proverbs. What encouragement does it offer to you for your Great Lenten Journey?

God is Real!

On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the Church reinforces the truth of God’s incarnation in the person of Jesus Christ. We proclaim this truth, though we were not ourselves present. We do so, because someone sometime painted an icon of Him. The defense of Holy Icons isn’t about art, but about the truth of God’s incarnation. Jesus didn’t just speak to us from heaven. He became one of us to save us. The Disciples had been preparing for God’s appearance their entire life, so when He appeared, they were ready for Him.

Day 6 - A Robust Faith

A Robust Faith

Today the Church commemorates a miracle of robust faith nearly 1700 years ago. It was the first week of Great Lent, and the faithful were fasting, as was their tradition. In an attempt to kill the faithful Christians, the pagans poisoned all the food sources, but God rescued them through the miracle of the Kollyva and Saint Theodore. Through a vision, Saint Theodore learned of the pagan plot and told the people to make kollyva rather than purchase food from the market. Thus, they were saved from the pagans.

Day 4 - Be Victorious over Sin

Last night, I celebrate one of my favorite services, which contains one of my favorite prayers. At the end of the Presanctified Liturgy is a prayer that puts our entire Great Lenten Journey into perspective. It assists us not only to keep up the effort, but even to double down. I help us understand the value of Great Lent.

Standing on the Soleas, facing the Holy of Holies, the priest prays: