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Preparing for Great Lent in the Spirit of St. Silouan and Elder Sophrony
Special Articles from Fr. Steven:
Dear Parish Faithful,
The Pre-Lenten Sundays
Special pages for each of the Pre-Lenten Sundays, rich with inspiring exhortations on the major themes on our road to Great Lent.
- Zacchaeus Sunday - Awareness of Sin, Desire to see Jesus, and Active Repentance
- The Publican and the Pharisee - Humility based on Reality
- The Prodigal Son - Returning to the House of our loving Father
- The Last Judgment - Becoming God's children by serving Christ through our neighbor
- Forgiveness Sunday - We enter the Fast forgiving one another, and seeking God's forgiveness
These bullet points barely scratch the surface of the depths of insights our Orthodox Faith offers us for this profound season of repentance. Spend some time here as we journey towards the 'bright sadness' of Great Lent.
Fr. Steven's Meditations
This special page on our website hosts numerous articles free for download and links to additional sites of interest to help make our lenten effort more fruitful.
This unique Christ the Savior blog of suggested books, recordings, videos, and much, much more, provides helpful tools for us as we seek to acquire the Lenten spirit of joyful contrition and prayerful stillness.
A large selection of rich articles on the pre-lenten Sundays, featuring teachings of St Gregory Palamas, St Cyril of Alexandria, the Desert fathers, and many others. Continuously updated throughout the Pre-Lenten and Lenten season.
and other introductory articles on Great Lent, on the OCA website.
This wonderful talk is the perfect way to begin our Lenten Journey, and is so rich and profitable that you may wish to revisit it often. Fr Zacharias discusses the spiritual lessons of the pre-Lenten Sundays, leading us into the journey to Pascha.
Fr Zacharias is from St John the Baptist Monastery in Essex, England, and is the disciple of Elder Sophrony of Blessed Memory, who was himself the disciple and biographer of St Silouan the Athonite.
His books presenting the spirituality of St Silouan and Elder Sophrony are deeply inspiring and instructional.