A Few Points to Ponder as We Enter the Great Lent

A Few Points to Ponder as We Enter the Great Lent by Rev. Fr. Dr. Bijesh Philip There are many spiritual exercises which help us to grow in Christ. Holy sacraments, fasting and Lents, prayers, meditations, teaching and preaching in the church etc are preparing a ground for receiving grace from God for this spiritual growth. These spiritual exercises, especially fasting/Lent can be compared to the stone jars into which water was poured according to the instruction of our Lord at the wedding in Cana (St. John 2:7). By being in those stone jars, water could meet its creator and He in turn, could transform it to tasty wine. Though the stone jars prepared a ground for the transformation, the source of that change was God only. Likewise, we are supposed to be poured into Lent for being transformed by Divine Grace. It must be noted that the gospel reading at the time of entrance to the Great Lent is concerning Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Great Lent began in the anc

Honoring Sajith and Supporting the Family

  In loving memory of Sajith P. Willson, who departed from this world on May 25, 2023. On May 23rd, 2023, Sajith attended his beloved mother's funeral (Thrissur, Kerala, India). The very next day, Sajith tragically met with a motor vehicle accident. He leaves behind his wife, Shine and children (Emma (12), Emily (8), Angel (7) & Abel (2). Sajith married Shine in 2009. He was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, and friend who touched the lives around him.  Sajith earned his license to practice as a social worker (LMSW) in NYS. He worked at Lincoln Hospital (NYC HHC) in the Bronx. He was working at NYS office of Mental Health at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and NYU Langone Health Hospital Long Island. Sajith was an active man who cared for and loved his family, friends, co-workers, and all those he met. He always welcomed those around him and could always be counted on to lend a helping hand. He was an active member of the St. Basil Orthodox Church (Franklin Square, New Yo


  Basil The Great of Caesarea, Our Patron Saint The three great lights who are so often referred to as the Three Cappadocians are Basil the Great of Caesarea, his friend Gregory of Nazianzus, and his own brother, Gregory of Nyssa. Basil the Great is the senior venerable member among them. He was the first ascetic leader of the Eastern (Greek) Church tradition. Also called Second Athanasius, he proved his personality not only in the ascetic movement but also in the realms of Church administration and theology. Basil was one among the ten children of a rich family of Caesarea in Cappadocia around AD 330. His father, Baselius, was known, as a scholar and eminent writer throughout Cappadocea. His mother Emmelia was the daughter of a martyr. Of the ten children in the family, three became bishops: Basil himself, made bishop of Caesarea in 370, Gregory, bishop of Nyssa, and Peter, bishop of Sebasty. The eldest sister Macarena became a nun and started a nunnery. As a student in Athens, Basi