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During the season of Great Lent, the community of Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church in Los Alamos has participated in traditions of the Orthodox Church. These traditions include Lenten fasting, meditation and mid-week Lenten Liturgy.
Blini Breakfast, last month, is a meal with Russian blini, dairy and fish, which marks the last meal for non-Lenten foods until Pascha (Easter). This meal has been a tradition in Los Alamos for more than 10 years.
Lenten Meditations this year are based on the writings of Saint Isaac the Syrian. Hieromonk John using the rare text, “The Ascetical Writings of Saint Isaac the Syrian,” has led the meditations.
Saint Isaac was born in Qatar on the Western shore of Persian Gulf in the 17th Century. He was a member of the Church of the East. He was ordained a bishop, but after just five months, he requested to be released from the office. He then went to the wilderness of Mt. Matout where he lived in solitude studying the Scripture.
He is regarded as one of the greatest Syrian mystics. His key mystical themes are the love of God, prayer and the spiritual wonder of God’s Divine Love. These meditations are from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday. Child care is provided.
Because Great Lent is a season of repentance, fasting and intensified prayer, the Orthodox Church regards more frequent reception of communion as especially desirable at that time.
However, the Divine Liturgy has a festal character not in keeping with the season. Thus, the Pre-sanctified Liturgy is celebrated instead; the Divine Liturgy is only performed on Saturdays and Sundays. Pre-sanctified Liturgy is celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Thursday throughout Great Lent.
Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church is located at 2270 39th St. For more information regarding these Lenten events or other questions relating to the Orthodox Church, call Father John at 661-7466 or MonkJohn@gmail.com