Friday, March 27, 2009

The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent:
The Sunday of Saint John of the Ladder

Service Schedule:

Saturday, March 28

Great Vespers 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 29

Music Workshop 9:15 AM

Hours ~9:40 AM

Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM

The Fourth Sunday of Lent is dedicated to St John of the Ladder (Climacus), the author of the work, The Ladder of Divine Ascent. The abbot of St. Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai (6th century) stands as a witness to the violent effort needed for entrance into God's Kingdom (Mt.10: 12). The spiritual struggle of the Christian life is a real one, "not against flesh and blood, but against ... the rulers of the present darkness ... the hosts of wickedness in heavenly places ..." (Eph 6:12). Saint John encourages the faithful in their efforts for, according to the Lord, only "he who endures to the end will be saved" (Mt.24:13).