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Starting tomorrow, our Chicago Deanery of the Diocese of the Midwest - OCA will gather for Vespers every Sunday during Lent at 6:00pm, hosted at various parishes across the region. Please see the attached schedule, and as you're able, take advantage of yet another opportunity to increase our prayer during the Lenten season. ALL ARE WELCOME! ... See MoreSee Less

During the Lenten season, the Church calls us to increase our prayer. One of the practical ways in which we do this is by adding the beautiful Prayer of St Ephrem not only to weekday services at church, but also to our own prayers at home. But... it may be that, frankly, we don't pray much at home in the first place. What then?

Well, in that case, we should not see Lent as a reason for guilt but as an opportunity: we increase our prayer by taking concrete steps towards making prayer a daily habit. If you're not used to praying every day, why not begin today with the Lord's Prayer, which is the basic and most foundational daily prayer of every Christian, and the Prayer of St Ephrem? And then do at least that every day for the remainder of Lent, striving to say what you mean, and mean what you say. Just remember the words of Holy Scripture: "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you" (James 4:8). He only awaits your response to his loving call.
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Blessed Journey to Pascha everyone! Start where you are, do your best and remember Christ destroyed death by His death!
With love in Christ,
Fr. Jonathan
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Reminder: Tomorrow's (1/30/19) combined Quad-Parish Liturgy for the Three Hierarchs has been cancelled due to the weather. Stay home, stay safe! ... See MoreSee Less

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