Reflections in Christ

by Fr. Steven Kostoff

“Lent after Lent” and “Life after Pascha”

Christ is risen!

Recently, I posed a question to the faithful of our parish:  Is there life after Pascha?  Another question has formed in my mind this morning:  Is there Lent after…

Holy Week: The Ultimate Perspective

At the beginning of Holy Week we contemplate “The End”—of the earthly ministry of Christ, of our own lives and the judgment that will lead to, and of the “end of the world.” In other words, there is something of an “apocalyptic edge” to the…

On the Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great

During the five Sundays of Great Lent we celebrate the Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great on the Lord’s Day.  This Liturgy is used on five other occasions during the year, two more of which are…

The Cross: “To refresh our souls and encourage us”

This hymn – together with the accompanying rite of venerating the Cross – replaces the usual Trisagion hymn during the Divine Liturgy on the Third Sunday of Great Lent.  According to The Synaxarion of the Lenten Triodion and Pentecostarion...

Acedia, Us, and Our Lenten Effort

My soul, my soul arise! Why are you sleeping? The end is approaching and you will be confounded. Awake then, and be watchful, that you may be spared by Christ God, Who is everywhere and fills all things…

Seeing the “Big Picture”

As we draw closer to the beginning of Great Lent, we are able to set our Lenten efforts against the background of the Last Judgment, thus giving us the “big picture” within which we live our lives and…

Athletes for Christ!

I must say that I enjoy watching the Olympic Games—summer or winter—when they make their way into our homes according to their respective four-year cycles.  In fact, I believe that at this point in the current Winter Olympics, I am fast approaching the status of…

The Publican, the Pharisee, and the struggle for humility

The Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee confronts us with a stark contrast between religious pride and self-righteousness on the one hand, and heartfelt humility and repentance on the other hand. The pharisee…

The week of Zacchaeus:  Embracing pre-lent by being pro-lent!

In the liturgical life of the Church, yesterday—Sunday, February 2, 2014—was called “The Sunday of Zacchaeus,” based on the narrative found in Luke 19:1-10.  This is the first “signal” or “echo” that the season of Great Lent is approaching – four weeks away from today to be exact.  (Great Lent…