The Akathist Hymn

The Theotokos

The Akathist Hymn is offered during Great Lent to beseech and extoll the Mother of God to pray for the world. Its poetry reveals the great mystery of the miracle of the Theotokos bearing God for the salvation of the world. During these times of great trouble, we all need her prayers and protection. “Hail, O Bride Unwedded”


The Two Great Protectors of Our World

The Great Protectors

During this week of the Holy Cross and the Annunciation, let us prayerfully thank God for the protectors of the world, the Holy Cross and the Most Holy Theotokos. In our prayers let us ask: “Through the power of the Holy Cross, Most Holy Theotokos, Pray for your world now and always.”….dn g


The Feast of the Annunciation

The Annunciation

On March 25th our Holy Church celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation. This is one of the 12 Great Feasts of the Church. Below please find a link to a short presentation on the feast. As I said earlier, this is a work in progress. In the narration, I mistakenly said the staff that the Archangel Gabriel is holding is in his right hand. As you can see it is in his left hand. I am certain that there are other errors in the presentation for which I apologize. Please email me with any question, God Bless and keep you and your family well…..dn g


We All Need Prayers Today

The Elders Of Optina

As we all acknowledge, we  need pray these days above all else. One of the most beautiful prayers to start your day is this prayer from the Optina Elders of Russia.


O Lord, grant that I may meet all that this coming day brings to me with spiritual tranquility. Grant that I may fully surrender myself to Your holy Will.

At every hour of this day, direct and support me in all things. Whatsoever news may reach me in the course of the day, teach me to accept it with a calm soul and the firm conviction that all is subject to Your holy Will.

Direct my thoughts and feelings in all my words and actions. In all unexpected occurrences, do not let me forget that all is sent down from You.

Grant that I may deal straightforwardly and wisely with every member of my family, neither embarrassing nor saddening anyone.

O Lord, grant me the strength to endure the fatigue of the coming day and all the events that take place during it. Direct my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to be patient, to forgive, and to love.


God Bless….dn g


The Story of the Church the Age of the Councils Class 7

With the current COVID 19 crises, I will begin once again to post to this blog. This will be a continuation of the Adult Catechism Class “Orthodoxy 101” offered at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church Austin Texas in the Spring of 2020. This is my first attempt to use this technology to present these classes. I apologize ahead of time if they are less than polished. Hopefully they will improve as we learn together. Please click the link below to watch the lesson. If you have questions they can be directed to my email at It is my prayer that these humble offerings will be received in the spirit that they are offered, God Bless….Dn. G.