St. Haralambos. Orthros, Divine Liturgy / Αγ. Χαραλάμπους .Ορθρος, Θεια Λειτουργία22 Head St Hamilton, ON L8R 1P9http://www.stdemetrios.ca/index.php/event/st-haralambos-orthros-divine-liturgy/22 Head St Hamilton, ON L8R 1P9
This Saint was a priest of the Christians in Magnesia, the foremost city of Thessaly, in the diocese having the same name. He contested during the reign of Alexander Severus (222-235), when Lucian was Proconsul of Magnesia. At the time of his martyrdom the Saint was 103 years of age.
St. Haralambos is commemorated on February 10th, with the exception when this date falls on the Saturday of the Souls preceeding Lent or on Clean Monday (the first day of Lent), in which case the feast is celebrated on February 9th.
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Sunday of the Prodigal Son. Orthros, Divine Liturgy / Ασώτου. Ορθρος, Θεια Λειτουργία22 Head St Hamilton, ON L8R 1P9http://www.stdemetrios.ca/index.php/event/sunday-of-the-prodigal-son-orthros-divine-liturgy/22 Head St Hamilton, ON L8R 1P9
The Sunday of the Prodigal Son is the second Sunday of pre-Lent, the weeks of preparation preceding Great Lent. It is the Sunday after the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee and Sunday before Meatfare Sunday. This pre-Lent is the start of the Easter cycle of worship in the Orthodox Church.
On this Sunday in the preparation for Great Lent, Orthodox Christians are read Christ’s parable about God’s loving forgiveness (Luke 15:11-24). They are to see themselves as being in a foreign country far from the Father’s house and to make the movement of return to God, where we truly belong. The parable gives assurance that the Father will receive them with joy and gladness in their journey through Great Lent, their journey home.