Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – April 23, 2017

Christ is risen! We’ve all heard of someone being called a “doubting Thomas.” Thomas has the audacity to demand to ‘put his finger in Christ’s side,’ insinuating that, unless he can materially see the signs of Christ’s execution, he won’t believe. In reality, it’s not want of material ‘proof’ that Thomas needs, that we need, […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – April 2, 2017

The Last of Lent: Lent is quickly drawing to a close.  Next weekend we enter Holy Week.  I encourage you now to make the most of the short time that remains for your healing and growth.  While everyone who comes at the 11th Hour is welcomed and loved, we want to sow abundantly so that […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – March 26, 2017

“To fast is to do violence to nature.  It is to do away with whatever pleases the palate.  Fasting ends lust, roots out bad thoughts, frees one from evil dreams.  Fasting makes for purity of prayer, an enlightened soul, a watchful mind, a deliverance from blindness.  Fasting is the door of compunction, humble sighing, joyful […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – March 19, 2017

Our Lord speaks to us today through His Gospel, saying, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matt. 8:34). The cross stands in the middle of the Fast to spur us on, to remind us of this very truth: Without the cross, there is […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – March 12, 2017

Please pray for Fr. Robert who is currently in Romania leading the national OCF Realbreak trip to there.  Consequently we will not have Presanctified Liturgy this Wednesday or Great Vespers on Saturday. He returns very late on Saturday, March 18th, so we will have Divine Liturgy on Sunday March 19. Please pray for safe travel and growth […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – March 5, 2017

Today we celebrate the triumph of Orthodoxy and with it the consistent proclamation of the truth of who Christ is: “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6) as He is revealed to be, first through the creation, second through the prophets, and third and especially, by virtue of His Incarnation. With the victory […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – February 26, 2017

Tomorrow we begin the Fast of Great and Holy Lent, putting our earthly cares and distractions aside to journey with Christ, to be with Christ. We fast and pray as He did before facing and defeating the Devil so we may do the same. We make the most of this ‘spiritual hospital’ so that we […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – February 19, 2017

One week and counting: that’s how long we have until Holy Lent begins—the Great Fast! We begin now preparing ourselves, body and soul, as well as our households, to make the most of this holy season of fasting and increased prayer and worship that is before us. We do so in order to heal, to […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – February 12, 2017

The Sunday of the Prodigal Son affords us the opportunity to consider how much we value our inheritance, our identity, in Christ. The prodigal demands his inheritance from his father (even before his father dies) and squanders it on riotous living. Having become a slave to his passions, there’s no sating them. Having starved his […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – February 5, 2017

The three weeks before the start of Great Lent (the Triodion) has begun with the Parable of the Publican and Pharisee. Christ thrusts before us a stark contrast between the prideful, judgmental, self-righteous Pharisee and the humble, self-effacing, repentant Publican. Like the Pharisee, we too can easily find ourselves following all the ‘rules’ of Lent—fasting, […]