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Thoughts from a Parish Priest for the Great Lent

Fr.George Dion. Dragas We have entered the period of Great Lent, and our Church calls us to observe the traditional fast and prayer. Several people will raise again the questions why should we fast, or how much should we fast, etc. The following thoughts provide some answers to the general questions which are raised at this time both inside and ... Read More »

Prayer and Fasting

Author: Archbishop Stylianos Harkianakis of Australia  Entering once again the arena of Great Lent, it is only natural to remember again the basic feats that have always characterised the ascesis of Orthodox Christians. Among these feats, prayer and fasting hold a central position. When an Orthodox speaks of fasting, then prayer spontaneously comes to his mind. And when he speaks ... Read More »

A Song of Repentance: The Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete

Introduction The experience of Lent is a spiritual journey whose purpose is to transfer us from one spiritual state to another, a dynamic passage. For this reason the church commences Lent with the great repentance Canon of St Andrew of Crete. This  repentant lamentation conveys to us the scope and depth of sin, shaking the soul with despair, repentance, and ... Read More »