2148 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612


[Acts 28:1–31; John 21:15–25] Nobody is lazy in commemorat?ing his own par­ents; but it is also nec­es­sary to com­mem­o­rate all Or?thodox Chris­tians, and not only on this day, but at all times, in every prayer. We our­selves will be there, and will need this prayer like a poor per­son needs a piece of bread and a glass of water. Remem­ber that prayer for those who have passed a?way is strong through its commu?nality, in that it comes from the en?tire Church. The Church breathes prayer. Just as it is in nature, when dur­ing preg­nan­cy a moth­er breathes and the strength she re?ceives from this breath pass­es on to the child, so also in the order of grace, the Church breathes a prayer which is shared by all, and the pow?er of the prayer pass­es on to those who have passed away, held in the bosom of the Church, which is made up of the liv­ing and the dead, the mil­i­tant and the tri­umphant. Do not be lazy — zeal­ous­ly com­mem­o­rate all of our depart­ed fathers and broth­ers when­ev­er you pray. It will be your alms for them.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse