One of the parishioners from my church who runs a vegan recipe blog put this up :)

One of the parishioners from my church who runs a vegan recipe blog put this up :)

O Lord, send Thy grace to my help, that I may glorify Thy holy name… O Lord my God, even though I have done nothing good in Thy sight, yet grant me by Thy grace to make a good beginning. O Lord, sprinkle into my heart the dew of Thy grace. O Lord of Heaven and Earth, remember me Thy sinful servant, shameful and unclean, in Thy Kingdom. Amen

St. John Chrysostom, from evening prayers

We must struggle, because without struggles we do not obtain virtues.

Elder Ieronymos of Aegina

The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian



O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faintheartedness, lust of power and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed from all ages to all ages. Amen.

In honor of Forgiveness Sunday, I am asking all of you to forgive me a sinner if I have wronged you in any way, and good strength for Great Lent!

Sit amid lepers rather than amid the proud.
Be persecuted, but persecute not.
Be crucified, but crucify not.
Be wronged, but wrong not.
Be slandered, but slander not.
Have clemency, not zeal, with respect to evil.
Lay hold of goodness, not justice.
Justice does not belong to the Christian way of life, and there is no mention of it in Christ’s teaching. Rejoice with them that rejoice, and weep with them that weep; for this is the sign of limpid purity. Suffer with the sick, and mourn with sinners; with those who repent, rejoice.

~From Homily 51 of St. Isaac the Syrian

We must always remember that we are not condemned for the multitude of our evils, but because we do not want to repent and learn. And those who have sinned must not despair. Let that never be.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

Asking for prayers

My grandmother Inna, who lives in the Ukraine, recently had a stroke, and is drastically losing her memory.

Next week, she is going to the American Embassy in Kiev for an interview that could finally get her over here once and for all, and with all the violence happening right now in Kiev, it could be very dangerous.

If you can, please say a short prayer for her, it would mean a lot.

Thank you so much!

From constant guarding of the heart purity is born in it…

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