A Plan for Lent

By Fr. Patrick Cardine of St. Patrick’s Orthodox Church in Bealeton, VA.

I DON’T WANT TO WASTE ANOTHER LENT

Life is short. I only have so many Lent’s to take advantage of and I am tired of getting to the end of Lent regretting that I squandered yet another opportunity to grow in my salvation. I don’t want to waste another Lent.

St. Aristobulus: First Bishop of Britain

St. Aristobulus: First Bishop of Britain

In the first century, only a few years after the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ, a certain man who had been living in Palestine began traveling around the Mediterranean preaching about Jesus Christ to the pagan Gentiles. ... He and his companions would inevitably have been brought before the chieftain of whatever tribe they wandered into, and when asked what his name was, he would reply, “Aristobulus.”...

Laetare Sunday: The Mothering of God

Laetare Sunday: The Mothering of God

The fourth Sunday in Lent is special. It’s known by several names: it’s been called The Sunday of the Five Loaves from the Gospel passage for the day (John 6:1-14); it’s also been called Rose Sunday because the clerical and alter vestments change color from violet to rose  — but why the change in color in the first place? Another name for this Sunday gives us a clue: Laetare Sunday (Laetare meaning: Rejoice)...

Rogation Days

Even though few of us depend on food we grow ourselves, we all still depend on the bounty of this earth to survive, and we're still more vulnerable than we sometimes think to the uncertainties of nature. But nature, our connection to it, and our dependence upon it for our life and well-being are all under the providence and mercy of God, our true source of life.