Past Special Events (Page 2)

Past Special Events (Page 2)

Mar 25, 2023

3-25-23: Festal Liturgy Annunciation

The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary Commemorated on March 25   The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the earliest Christian feasts, and was already being celebrated in the fourth century. There is a painting of the Annunciation in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome dating from the second century. The Council of Toledo in 656 mentions the Feast, and the Council in Trullo in 692 says that the Annunciation was celebrated during Great…
Mar 24, 2023

3-24-23: Festal Vigil Annunciation

Forefeast of the Annunciation Commemorated on March 24   The Feast of the Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos is celebrated on one day March 25, exactly nine months before the Nativity of Christ. There is one day of Prefeast (March 24), followed by the Feast itself. On March 26, we celebrate the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel. Because the Feast of the Annunciation falls during Great Lent, there is no Postfeast of the Feast.
Mar 19, 2023

3-19-22: 3rd Sunday of Great Lent, Veneration of the Cross

3rd Sunday of Great Lent: Veneration of the Cross Commemorated on March 19 The Third Sunday of Lent is that of the Veneration of the Cross. The cross stands in the midst of the church in the middle of the lenten season not merely to remind men of Christ’s redemption and to keep before them the goal of their efforts, but also to be venerated as that reality by which man must live to be saved. “He who does not take…
Mar 12, 2023

3-12-23: 2nd Sunday of Great Lent, St Gregory Palamas Sunday

2nd Sunday of Great Lent: St Gregory Palamas Commemorated on March 12 This Sunday was originally dedicated to Saint Polycarp of Smyrna (February 23). After his glorification in 1368, a second commemoration of Saint Gregory Palamas (November 14) was appointed for the Second Sunday of Great Lent as a second “Triumph of Orthodoxy.” Saint Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica, was born in the year 1296 in Constantinople. Saint Gregory’s father became a prominent dignitary at the court of Andronicus II Paleologos…
Mar 5, 2023

3-5-23: Pan Orthodox Vespers

Beloved in Jesus Christ, On behalf of the faithful at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Phoenix, you are invited to celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy Great Vespers service with us the unity of the Holy Orthodox Faith 6:00 PM on Sunday, March 5th. In Jesus Christ, Rev. Father Apostolos Hill | Dean Holy Trinity Cathedral of Phoenix 1973 E. Maryland Ave. Phoenix, AZ. 85016
Mar 5, 2023

3-5-23: 1st Sunday of Great Lent, Triumph of Orthodoxy Sunday

1st Sunday of Great Lent: Sunday of Orthodoxy Commemorated on March 5   The first Sunday of Great Lent is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy because it commemorates the restoration of the Holy Icons and the triumph of the Orthodox Faith against the terrible heresy of the Iconoclasts, i.e. those heretics who refused to honor the Holy Icons. For more than a hundred years the Church was disturbed by the evil doctrine of iconoclasm. The first Emperor to persecute the Church…
Feb 27 – Mar 4, 2023

2-27-23 to 3-4-23: Great Lent Begins (Clean Week)

Come experience the healing “Great Canon of St. Andrew of Create” services, Clean Monday through Clean Thursday at 6pm. Beginning of Great Lent Commemorated on February 27 In the Orthodox Church, the last Sunday before Great Lent—the day on which, at Vespers, Lent is liturgically announced and inaugurated—is called Forgiveness Sunday. On the morning of that Sunday, at the Divine Liturgy, we hear the words of Christ: “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but…
Feb 26, 2023

2-26-23: Forgiveness & Chessefare Sunday

NOTE: After the Divine Liturgy we will serve the grace filled Forgiveness Vespers Service followed by the mutual rite of forgiveness. Sunday of Cheesefare: Expulsion of Adam from Paradise Commemorated on February 26 As we begin the Great Fast, the Church reminds us of Adam’s expulsion from Paradise. God commanded Adam to fast (Gen. 2:16), but he did not obey. Because of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden and lost the life of blessedness, knowledge of God,…
Feb 23, 2023

2-23-23: Arizona March for Life

We are calling all Orthodox Faithful from around the valley to gather with us to pray and walk in defense of life. We will also be joining other groups from the March For Life. Schedule of Events February 23, 2023 11:00 am – Rally at in front of the Phoenix Capitol at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza  12:00 pm – Arizona March for Life  More detailed information about the speakers can be found at
Feb 19, 2023

2-19-23: Last Judgement & Meatfare Sunday

Sunday of Meatfare of the Last Judgment Commemorated on February 19 Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 25:31-46, the parable of the Last Judgment. It reminds us that while trusting in Christ’s love and mercy, we must not forget His righteous judgment when He comes again in glory. If our hearts remain hardened and unrepentant, we should not expect the Lord to overlook our transgressions simply because He is a good and loving God. Although He does not desire the death of…
Feb 12, 2023

2-12-23: Prodigal Son Sunday

Sunday of the Prodigal Son Commemorated on February 12 The Sunday after the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. This parable of God’s forgiveness calls us to “come to ourselves” as did the prodigal son, to see ourselves as being “in a far country” far from the Father’s house, and to make the journey of return to God. We are given every assurance by the Master that our heavenly Father will receive us…