SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

Visit at St. John's by Archbishop Michael....

Apr 9, 2019
Visit at St. John's by Archbishop Michael....

Sunday, April 7 we were blessed and honored to have His Eminence Archbishop Michael’s presence at our Mission Vesper Service. A Lenten dinner followed in the church hall where we all greeted Maxim with a Happy Birthday and Many Years for his birthday on that day. Our thanks to John Chan for the pictures of the event. That Sunday was the fourth Sunday of Great Lent at which we commemorate St. John Climacus, an abbot of St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai in the 6th century. He was the author of “The Ladder of Divine Ascent,” and he stands as a witness to the enormous effort needed for entrance into God’s Kingdom. This book contains thirty homilies on virtue. Each homily deals with one virtue and they raise a person up as though by means of a ladder unto the height of Heaven. Some icons commemorating the writings of St. John Climacus show a ladder with 30 rungs. In this work St. John outlines the steps essential for attaining communion with God. The spiritual struggle of the Christian life is a real one and very personal. Each person must believe for himself. No one can believe for another. That is why it is so important to attend the services during Great Lent and throughout the year. It is especially rewarding and spiritually gratifying to attend when our revered Archbishop Michael is present since he is described so well by Psalm 26:6-8: "I will wash my hands in innocence; so I will go about Your altar, O Lord, that I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works. Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells."

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