Wednesday, January 19, 2022 UTC



The Great Fast is a period of strict fasting, with mitigation for Saturdays, Sundays and Holy Days. Holy Week, with some mitigation, is a special time of intense prayer and fasting. For further information about “fasting,” please see “SPIRITUALITY” tab and “BYZANTINE FASTING.”  Directives for the Great Fast from the Office of the Bishop  which you can read here.

The attached article: “How the Byzantine Churches (Catholic and Orthodox) Prepare for a Spiritually Fruitful Lent and the Resurrection of Our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ ICXC,” from By Fr. Theodore Wroblicky will also help in your preparation and understanding of the Great Fast: How the Byzantine Churches Prepare for a Spiritually Fruitful Lent

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is celebrated during the Great Fast, and provides the faithful with the opportunity to receive Holy Communion on those days when the Eucharistic Sacrifice is not celebrated.   The word “presanctified” indicates that the “gifts” (the Body and Blood of Christ) which are distributed at the service are those consecrated at a previous Eucharist. Information about the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts from the Metropolitan Cantor Institute:


O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)
Instead, grant to me, your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience and love. (Prostration)
O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother; for You are blessed, now and ever and forever. Amen. (Prostration)

To help with your “Journey Through the Great Fast” each week we will post readings from this book with permission from the Archdiocesan Byzantine Catechetical Center and recommended Gospel Readings for the day.  Additionally, below are recommended readings, which will help you prepare during the Great Fast:

  1. Daily Readings for the Great Fast from St. John Climacus’Ladder of Divine Ascent:
  2. The Way of a Pilgrim:
  3. Brother Lawrence’s Practice of the Presence of God:
  4. Great Lent at Home – Living with Christ: from Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton:
  5. Great Lent and Holy Week Lenten Study Program:
  6. THE MEANING OF THE GREAT FAST: The True Nature of Fasting, by Mother Mary and Bishop Kallistos Ware:
  7. You may purchase: Great Lent: Journey to Pascha by Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s
    Alexander Schmemann’s “Great Lent: Journey to Pascha” It will help you understand the meaning of Lent in your life and is the classic Journey to Pascha. It examines the meaning of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, the Prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian, the Canon of St Andrew of Crete, and unpacks what the Church’s worship means for us today.
  8. You may purchase: Meditations for Great Lent: Reflections on the Triodion by Fr Vassilios Papavassiliou.
    Meditations for Great Lent The booklet is a short series of reflections on the readings in the season of the Triodion which comprises the four weeks before Lent, Great Lent, and Holy Week.
  9. You may purchase: The Lenten Spring: Readings for Great Lent by Thomas Hopko. This is a series of 40 three-four page meditations on a variety of lenten themes. Wonderfully uses Scriptures and Church’s Lenten hymnography.

THE GREAT FAST (from the Byzantine Eparchy of Pittsburgh):





The annual Bishop’s Appeal is upon us. An excerpt from the November ECL from Bishop Kurt follows: “I ask once again, take care of your own needs and/or your own parish first. If you have extra and would like to help me with my work for the Eparchy, and for the weaker parishes, please consider a gift to the Bishop’s Appeal this year. God will not be outdone in generosity.” However, money will not fix our clergy shortage. It is much more important that we pray. May God grant that young men give their lives to him as
priests. + Kurt. As a parish we have been generously blessed to have a priest and deacon from our Eparchy. Bishop Kurt
is supporting our needs. Please give as generously as possible. We will reap much more than we sow. Trust in the
Lord. Please visit the Eparchy’s website for more information:


     One year ago, July 21st, Father Vasyl and his family arrived in Cary to become part of our church family.  We are blessed with his spiritual leadership and grateful to have him and his family with us.  May God Grant Them Many Happy and Blessed years!  Mnohaja lita!