Reflections in Christ

Lenten Reflections

A Good Defense

“...For a good defense before the dread judgment seat of Christ, let us ask of the Lord.” ...

Defending the Synodikon

Recently, on the First Sunday of Great Lent, we read the Synodikon in church—well, actually just a tiny snippet of it…

Taking Lent seriously

The gateway to divine repentance has been opened.  Let us enter eagerly, purified in our bodies and observing…

By the Waters of Babylon

Recently I was finishing up in the altar while the choir was practicing, and I heard them sing (beautifully, as always) the…

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…

St. Andrew of Crete: A Rival Voice

Every year during Lent, we invite into our churches a great pastor, Saint Andrew of Crete, and listen while he leads us in a meditation on sin and repentance.  That is, we listen while his Great Canon is chanted…

“God is Our King before the Ages”

During the mid-point of Great Lent, on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross, the following verses are sung at the Alleluia just before the reading of the Gospel:  “Remember Thy congregation which Thou hast gotten of old.  God…

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