Monday, March 20, 2017

Annunciation and the 4th Week of Lent

This past Sunday was the Sunday of the Holy Cross, marking the halfway point of Orthodox Lent. We still have 3 weeks of Lent and Holy Week before Pascha (or Easter) so please make plans to participate in the additional prayer services and almsgiving projects. 

This week we also celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation on Saturday, with a relaxation in our normal fasting discipline for fish! Join us as we celebrate this beautiful feast on Saturday with a potluck to follow. 

Services for the 4th Week of Lent
Wednesday @ 6 PM: Presanctified Divine Liturgy
Friday @ 6 PM: Vespers for the Annunciation
Saturday @ 9 AM: Orthros for Annunciation
Saturday @ 10 AM: Divine Liturgy for Annunciation
Saturday @ 6 PM: Great Vespers

Friday, March 10, 2017

What Orthodox Christians Live By

So, you've read about the history and faith of the Orthodox Church, but what is like to actually live as an Orthodox Christian? What is the experience of living out the ancient Christian faith? Fr. Matthew presented this talk in the World Religions class at the First United Methodist Church this week.  Listen below!
"The saints are saintly because they knew Christ. Because they had an experience of God which they lived out in every aspect of their life. Why did they live it out in every aspect of their life? It goes back to that word fullness again. Because they understood the...fullness of God's life, of virtue, can be lived out not only in Christ, but in us. That's what the Church is. The Church is the place where you can live out the fullness of that life." - Fr. Matthew

What Orthodox Christians Live By
Talk to First United Methodist Church, Jackson, TN
March 8, 2017

photo courtesy of Our Jackson Home