Wednesday, March 11 / February 26 (Church Calendar)

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory to Him forever! ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day February 26 / March 11. St. Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza. St. Sebastian, monk of Poshekhonye. New-Martyr John Calphas (‘the Apprentice’) at Constantinople. (Greek Calendar: St. Photina the Samaritan Woman and her sisters Anatola, Phota, Photis, Parasceva, and Cyriaca; her sons Photinus and Joses; and…

Another dusting of Snow

Tuesday, March 10 / February 25 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day February 25 / March 10. St. Tarasius, Archbishop of Constantinople. Hieromartyr Reginus, Bishop of the isle of Skopelos. St. Polycarp. Martyr Anthony. Saints Erasmus and Paphnutius, monks. Martyrs Alexander and Hypatius at Marcionopolis. (Greek Calendar: St. Theodore, fool-for-Christ. St. Marcellus, Bishop of Apamea in…

One of Vashon Island's ponds

Monday, March 9 / February 24 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day February 24 / March 9. First and Second Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist [(1) Is 40:1-3, 9; 41:17-18; 45:8; 48:20-21; 54:1; (2) Malachi 3:1-3, 5-7, 12, 18; 4:4-6; (3) Wis 4:7, 16-17, 19-20; 5:1-7. Matins: Lk 7:17-30. Liturgy: II…

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday, March 8 / February 23 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day February 23 / March 8. Hieromartyr Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. Saints John, Antioch, Antoninus, Moses, Zebinas, Polychronius, Moses and Damian, ascetics of the Syrian deserts. St. Alexander, founder of the Order of the Unsleeping Ones. St. Gorgonia, sister of St. Gregory the Theologian. St.…

Sunday of Orthodoxy in Holy Russia

The Triumph of Orthodoxy My dear friends, The much respected Mitred Protopriest Victor Potapov,  Rector of Saint John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington, D.C., sent the following, which I want to share with those who receive The Morning Offering. These words are the pre-1917 recollections of Johann von Gardner, the eminent Slavic musicologist (best known in the English language for…

Matt and Bro. Christos

Saturday, March 7 / February 22 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day February 22 / March 7. Opening of the Relics of Holy Martyrs at the gate of Eugenius at Constantinople. Martyrs Maurice and his son Photinus, and Martyrs Theodore, Philip, and 70 soldiers, at Apamea in Syria. Saints Thalassius, Limnaeus, and Baradates, hermits of Syria.…

Dusk at the Monastery

Friday, March 6 / February 21 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day February 21 / March 6. St. Timothy of Symbola in Bithynia. St. Eustathius (Eustace), Archbishop of Antioch. (services combined) St. George, Bishop of Amastris on the Black Sea. St. John the Scholastic, Patriarch of Constantinople. St. Zachariah, Patriarch of Jerusalem. ‘Kozelshchanskaya’ Icon of the…

The Village of Dockton

Thursday, March 5 / February 20 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day February 20 / March 5. St. Leo, Bishop of Catania in Sicily. St. Agatho, pope of Rome. Hieromartyr Sadoc (Sadoth), Bishop of Persia, and 128 Martyrs with him. Beheading of St. Cornelius, abbot of the Pskov Caves, and his disciple St. Bessian of Murom.…

Vashon Island from the Ferry

Wednesday, March 4 / February 19 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day February 19 / March 4. Apostles Archippus and Philemon of the Seventy, and Martyr Apphia. St. Dositheus of Palestine, disciple of St. Abba Dorotheus. St. Rabulas of Samosata. Saints Eugene and Macarius, presbyters, confessors at Antioch. Martyrs Maximus, Theodotus, Hesychius, and Asclepiodota of Adrianopolis.…

The Monastery's Fountain Plaza

Tuesday, March 3 / February 18 (Church Calendar) ~Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day February 18 / March 3. St. Leo the Great, pope of Rome. St. Flavian the confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople. St. Agapitus, Bishop of Synnada in Phrygia, and Martyrs Victor, Dorotheus, Theodulus, and Agrippa, who suffered under Licinius. St. Cosmas, monk of Yakhromsk. New-Martyr Priest…

The Monastery's Russian Bells

Monday, March 2 / February 17 (Church Calendar) ~The Beginning of Great and Holy Lent~ Saints of the Day: February 17 / March 2. Great-Martyr Theodore the Tyro. Opening of the Relics of Martyr Menas of Alexandria (same as December 10). St. Mariamne, sister of Apostle Philip. St. Auxibius, Bishop of Soli in Cyprus. St. Theodosius the Bulgarian and his disciple…

The Russian tall ship, Pallada

Sunday, March 1 / February 16 (Church Calendar) ~Forgiveness Sunday~ Saints of the Day: February 16 / March 1. Martyrs Pamphilus presbyter, Valens deacon, Paul, Seleucus, Porphyrius, Julian, Theodulus, Elias, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Samuel and Danial, at Caesaria in Palestine. St. Marutha, Bishop of Martyropolis in Mesopotamia. Persian Martyrs with St. Maruthas. Martyr Romanus of Mt. Athos. New-Martyrs Priest Elias (1934) and…