Pastoral letter for Great Lent
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. George:
With Forgiveness Sunday services we have entered into the Season of the year when the Lord draws our hearts close to Him and His Church. This season in our Holy Orthodox Church is called Great and Holy Lent.
During Great Lent we refrain from certain foods (meats and dairy) and entertainment for a time. We attend Divine Services more often. We give more charity to the poor; we intensify our prayers; we practice kindness to our neighbors; we care for the sad and the grieving around us.
The Lent is a time of looking deep into our hearts, and looking up at the Cross, and waiting for the glory of the Resurrection.
When we fast from certain foods and entertainment, we enter into a quiet hunger for the Bread
of Life: this is the Eucharist-Holy Communion.
This Great Lent, we all will – each one of us – enter into the Holy Sacrament of Confession. There we will confess our sins to God in the presence of the priest and the Saints. We will examine our conscience through prayer and preparation; we will repent with remorse, and we will wait upon the absolution given by God’s servant – our priest, our confessor.
Wishing you all a blessed and spiritually rewarding Lent and praying that you may grow strong in the Grace of the Lord, I remain…..
Most sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Bratso Krsic, Parish Priest