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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 January 25/St. Gregory the Theologian

St. Gregory the Theologian
St. Gregory the Theologian
St. Gregory the Theologian
Zacchaeus
Zacchaeus
Zacchaeus
Sunday of Zacchaeus

 

 

The paschal season of the Church is preceded by the season of Great Lent, which is also preceded by its own liturgical preparation. The first sign of the approach of Great Lent comes five Sundays before its beginning. On this Sunday the Gospel reading is about Zacchaeus the tax-collector. It tells how Christ brought salvation to the sinful man, and how his life was changed simply because he “sought to see who Jesus was” (Luke 19:3). The desire and effort to see Jesus begins the entire movement through Lent towards Pascha. It is the first movement of salvation.

Our lenten journey begins with a recognition of our own sinfulness, just as Zacchaeus recognized his. He promised to make restitution by giving half of his wealth to the poor, and by paying to those he had falsely accused four times as much as they had lost. In this, he went beyond the requirements of the Law (Ex. 22:3-12).

The example of Zacchaeus teaches us that we should turn away from our sins, and atone for them. The real proof of our sorrow and repentance is not just a verbal apology, but when we correct ourselves and try to make amends for the consequences of our evil actions.

 

 

 

 
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