“Every virtue has its beginning from God, but in terms of time, it is eternal as God is. St. Maximos has noted: `All good things and virtue itself are obviously works of God. All virtuous things have a beginning; there was a time when they were not. But virtue itself has no such beginning in time, for there was no time when it was not.’ The mind rejoices and the heart is happy when we acquire the virtues. Besides this, every virtue and especially the fear of God produces knowledge, prudence, and wisdom, making those who have this fear of God virtuous, prudent, knowledgeable, and wise. Moreover, it makes those who have it praiseworthy, happy, and zealous.”
St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain.
Fr Lawrence Farley brings his exegetical skills to bear on the Song of Songs, one of the shortest but richest and most difficult books of the Bible. This balanced, verse-by-verse commentary examines the text on two main levels: both as a beautiful image of the love and the bond shared between man and woman in marriage, and as an icon of the great mystery toward which human marriage points: Christ and the Church (Eph 5.32). Most Tuesday evenings 7:15 at the church. Check Sunday announcements and calendar page for cancellations.
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The Division of the Psalter into Kathismas
A kathisma (pl. kathismas or kathismata; from Grk. kathemai, "sit") is a twentieth part of the Psalter, that is, a section conveniently readable in one sitting or session. Each of the twenty kathismas is subdivided into 3 sections called stases or antiphons. A kathisma is often followed by meditative expository hymns called sessional hymns (from Latin sedere , "sit"; Grk. kathismata , Slav. sedalny). While it is advantageous to read from the Septuagint version of the Psalter, the Hebrew numbering is provided as well. The service books provide a year-round schedule of Psalter readings at vespers and Psalter readings at matins (orthros).
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