This Sunday, April 07, is the fourth Sunday of Great Lent and the Sunday of St. John of the Ladder.
Please join us at 6PM for Vespers on Saturday, April 06, and at 9AM for the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, April 07. All are welcome!
The readings from Holy Scripture are: Matthew 28:16-20 (1st Matins Gospel), Ephesians 5:9-19 (Epistle, Saint), Matthew 4:25-5:12 (Gospel, Saint), Hebrews 6:13-20 (Epistle), and Mark 9:17-31 (Gospel).
Of this day we are told:
The Fourth Sunday of Lent is dedicated to Saint John of the Ladder (Climacus), the author of the work, The Ladder of Divine Ascent. The abbot of Saint 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).from the website of the Orthodox Church in America