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Fr. Gabriel Seamore
Fr. Gabriel Seamore
Fr. Gabriel Seamore
Our Lady of the Desert
Our Lady of the Desert
Our Lady of the Desert
Fr. Deacon George Berni
Fr. Deacon George Berni
Fr. Deacon George Berni

 Glory to God!

 

 We are an Orthodox community located in Hesperia, California, serving the needs of all Orthodox Christians in the High Desert Area.  St. George the Great Martyr Parish is a member of the O.C.A./D.O.W under the omaphorion of His Eminence BENJAMIN, Archibishop of San Francisco and the West.

Our membership is multi-ethnic and many of us are converts to Orthodoxy. All our services are in English. We welcome all Orthodox Christians and those seeking to learn about our Orthodox faith.

We hope you find this website useful to learn more about Orthodoxy and about our life here at St. George's Parish.

Check the monthly calendar for our Service Schedules, Prayer Times and Spiritual Courses.

If you were unable to join us on Sunday please check the Bulletin to read the Gospel and any important anouncements.

Our bookstore is open on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. We have a selection of books, icons, prayer books and other devotional items for your use.

Please keep in your hearts and prayers all Orthodox Christians here and throughout the world, especially those who are being persecuted and have died in the Middle East and other Muslim nations

 

 

Sunday February 22nd/Sunday of Cheesefare

Expulsion from Paradise
Expulsion from Paradise
Expulsion from Paradise
Forgiveness Sunday

 

Master,Teacher of wisdom, Bestower of virtue, you teach the thoughtless and protect the poor:

Strengthen and enlighten my heart. Word of the Father, let me not restrain my mouth from crying to you:

Have mercy on me, a transgressor, O merciful Lord! 

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, and communion with Him, for which they were created. Both they and their descendents became heirs of death and corruption.

Let us consider the benefits of fasting, the consequences of disobedience, and recall our fallen state. Today we are invited to cleanse ourselves of evil through fasting and obedience to God. Our fasting should not be a negative thing, a mere abstention from certain foods. It is an opportunity to free ourselves from the sinful desires and urges of our fallen nature, and to nourish our souls with prayer, repentance, to participate in church services, and partake of the life-giving Mysteries of Christ.

At Forgiveness Vespers we sing: “Let us begin the time of fasting in light, preparing ourselves for spiritual efforts. Let us purify our soul, let us purify our body. As we abstain from food, let us abstain from all passion and enjoy the virtues of the spirit....”

 

 

 

 

 

 
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