"Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing Life."

                                                     ~ Paschal Troparion

62 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA 02134
Church and school phone: (617) 787-7625
Classical Christian education for children in grades K1 - 8:
St Herman of Alaska Christian School


Talks from the 2018 Women's Retreat

Fr. Maximos' talks from the 2018 Lenten Women's Retreat (along with a short biography) are now online. Listen to them or download them here.

The Lenten Prayer of St Ephrem the Syrian by Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann

Of all lenten hymns and prayers, one short prayer can be termed the lenten prayer. Tradition ascribes it to one of the great teachers of spiritual life—St. Ephrem the Syrian. Here is its text:

O Lord and Master of my life! A spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, and idle talking give me not. 

But rather a spirit of chastity, humble-mindedness, patience, and love bestow on me, Thy servant.

Yea, O Lord and King! Grant me to see my own failings and not to condemn my brother; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen.

This prayer is read twice at the end of each lenten service Monday through Friday. At the first reading, a prostration follows each petition. Then we all bow twelve times saying: “O God, cleanse me a sinner.” The entire prayer is repeated with one final prostration at the end.

Why does this short and simple prayer occupy such an important position in the entire lenten worship? Because it enumerates in a unique way all the “negative” and “positive” elements of repentance and constitutes, so to speak, a “check list” for our individual lenten effort. (Read More)


More Artcles About Our Lenten Journey

For more talks and writings about our journey toward Pascha, please visit our Resources for Great Lent page.


Service Dates and Times

For service dates and times, please refer to the Calendar page.



~ Weekly Schedule ~

"Orthodox Faith and Life" Class (aka Orthodoxy 101): Saturdays at 4pm

Vigil: Saturdays at 5:30pm

Divine Liturgy: Sundays at 9:30am

Open Door Dinner: Mondays at 6pm

Tree of Life Bookstore: Sundays after Church and by appointment

St Herman's School: 8am–3pm Monday–Friday during the school year

Deaf Ministry: Amateur ASL interpreter at most church services

Please see the Monthly Calendar for Feast Days, other services, and events.

~ Clergy ~

Fr. Patrick Tishel, Rector

Fr. Teodor Anastasoaie

Fr. Dcn. John Williamson

Fr. Dcn. Andrey Sukharev

Fr. Dcn. Tudor Sambeteanu