The feast of Saint Tryphon in Masbate, Philippines

On February 2nd, our Orthodox Community and our Orthodox Monastery in Masbate, Philippines celebrated the feast of Saint Tryphon, patron saint of the farmers. Fr.George after the Divine Liturgy blessed the animals and the vehicles of the Monastery of the Birth of the Theotokos as well as the animals and the vehicles of the faithful […]

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

O Creator of all above and below, as Thou receivest the thrice-holy hymn from the angels, so also from mankind receive the Triodion. He who lives like a Pharisee is far from the Church, for Christ is received within, O ye humble of heart. With God on this present day we begin the Triodion, the […]

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins

The Pharisees were an ancient and outstanding sect among the Jews known for their diligent observance of the outward matters of the Law. Although, according to the word of our Lord, they “did all their works to be seen of men” (Matt. 23:5), and were hypocrites (ibid. 23: 13, 14, 15, etc.), because of the […]