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:

Day Two - Let’s Talk about Prayer

Yesterday’s Daily Lenten Journey mentioned how we should fast during Great Lent. Today I want to talk about prayer. Great Lent is a season during which the Church invites us to INCREASE our prayer life, both private and corporate. It might seem counter-intuitive since our Lord, just this past weekend told us to go into our inner room to pray, but we NEED both private and corporate prayer during Great Lent.

Day One - Press the Reset Button

Each year for the past several years, we here at Be Transfigured Ministries has offered our Daily Lenten Journey to assist you in with Great Lent. Through daily readings and inspiration, we pray our words will guide you into making this year’s Great Lenten Journey a new opportunity to grow closer to Christ, and as always to Live A New Life In Christ. This year will be no different.

Depart in Peace

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Sun, 02/02/2020 - 02:43

Jerusalem is the City of Peace, and today is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple. For me the connection is a profound one. As Saint Symeon had spent his life desiring to see Christ, I have spent my life with the “someday it would be nice to visit the Holy Lands” sort of attitude.

The Pinnacle

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Fri, 01/31/2020 - 15:33

I’ve heard it said many times about museums, “You can’t see it all in just one hour; you need an entire day!” Well, so far this week at any site that we have visited, whether it be monastery, Church, or ancient ruins, “You can’t see it all in just one hour. You need the entire day.” In fact, You can’t do the Holy Lands in just one week! I could have spent an entire day at every site, if not more. I know now why Egeria spent three years on her pilgrimage.

Emotions are Running High

Submitted by FatherAthanasios on Thu, 01/30/2020 - 15:07

I don’t really know where to begin today. We visited several monasteries today. As we draw closer to our Lord’s Tomb, which we will visit tomorrow, the depth of our visits hits me more with each visit. Forgive me for admitting, but if my phone did not timestamp each picture, I would never remember what I was looking at. Not only have we seen so many holy places, but I almost ashamed to admit that at this point caves look like caves and ruins look like ruins. I don’t say that disrespectfully, but honestly.