Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
School is out. We are well into the summer season and all the activities and travels that may bring. It’s an “in – between” time for us liturgically in as much as we have finished the Paschal cycle with Ascension and Pentecost, celebrated the Apostles Peter and Paul as well as the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Soon, we will celebrate the Feasts of the Transfiguration of our Lord and the Dormition of the Theotokos. Looking forward, I offer the following hymns:
On the mountain wast Thou transfigured, O Christ God, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it; so that when they would behold Thee crucified, they would understand that Thy suffering was voluntary, and would proclaim to the world that Thou art truly the Radiance of the Father (Kontakion).
Neither the tomb, nor death, could hold the Theotokos, who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. For being the Mother of Life, she was translated to life, by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb (Kontakion).
Especially during this active season, amid all our busy ness, Let us strive to ground our lives in prayer, giving thanks to God and glorifying His Holy Name daily for all He has done for us!