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Welcome to St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church's website!

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The Orthodox Lenten season begins Sunday, January 28, 2018, ten weeks from the Feast of our Lord's Resurrection - Pascha (April 8).  The Orthodox Lenten season consists of three phases: 1) Pre-Lent, 2) Great Lent, and 3) Holy Week.  For a complete outline of the Lenten season and a comparison of the Orthodox season with that of Roman Catholics/Protestants, click here.  For helps in preparing for Confession, click here for an Examination of Conscience for Younger Children, and here for a Preparation for Confession by St. John of Kronstadt and St. Ephraim the Syrian.

Great Lent (Feb. 19 - Mar. 30) is the forty day season of prayer, mercy, fasting, and repentance.  The first week of the season contains all these great themes of the Christian journey within the unique services of the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete (d. 767).  As we recall the actions of God and men presented in the salvation history throughout the Bible, we ourselves become a part of salvation history and refocus on the ultimate meaning of our own lives: communion with God through the forgiveness and overcoming of personal sin in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We embark on this great journey to the Kingdom of God amid the turmoil, distractions, and temptations of this world.  We gather in the quiet of God's house for the solemn reception of Christ's Body and Blood (during the evening Presanctified Liturgy).  We attend to reading and meditation of true knowledge (the books of Genesis - history; Proverbs - wisdom; and Isaiah - prophecy of the coming Savior).  As we fast from foods and fleshly passions, examine ourselves for Confession, strive to show mercy in acts of love, and pray in spirit, we learn to desire and live in God alone; and we experience peace!

In this world of sin and death, there still is hope!  We hope in Christ crucified and risen, and we seek to conform our lives to His glorious Resurrection.

 

If you are interested in the Orthodox Faith, we welcome you to come and meet with us and pick up many interesting and informative pamplets that are available for you!  If you should have any questions please feel free to call me at the Church at (330) 372-3895.

Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Fr. Jonathan

Click Here for the Daily Scripture Readings.

Click Here for February Made With Faith prayers and devotions for the Orthodox home.

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