This Sunday, March 22nd, we will be celebrating a¬†Divine Liturgy dedicated to Saint John of the Ladder (Climacus). ¬†Orthros begins at 9 am and the Liturgy starts at 10. ¬†Saint John is the author of the book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent. ¬†It is filled with sage advice and is held in high regard, especially among monastics. ¬†Here is one short quote (and the whole book is available as a pdf):
“Let us fear the Lord not less than we fear beasts. For I have seen men who were going to steal and were not afraid of God, but, hearing the barking of dogs, they at once turned back; and what the fear of God could not achieve was done by the fear of animals. Let us love God at least as much as we respect our friends. For I have often seen people who had offended God and were not in the least perturbed about it. And I have seen how those same people provoked their friends in some trifling matter and then employed every artifice, every device, every sacrifice, every apology, both personally and through friends and relatives, not sparing gifts, in order to regain their former love.”
Then, after Divine Liturgy, we will have our annual Greek Independence Day celebration! ¬†Avye, who runs the Greek School, is organizing the event, which will feature young people in costumes, with singing, dancing, and poetry reciting. ¬†A few short presentations are also being planned. ¬†It will take place in Hellenic Hall during Fellowship Hour. ¬†Food will be served, and you are welcome to bring a dish to contribute as well.
Hope to see you there!