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C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

The shocking assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, rather overshadowed the death on the same day of C. S. Lewis.

Lewis was for many years a tutor and lecturer at Oxford, later he was made Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at Cambridge. Many Christians consider Lewis to have been just about the most effective and influential English language apologist for the Christian faith in the past century, and of enduring value today. The title of one of his books, Mere Christianity, expresses his tactic of avoiding topics disputed between Christians, addressing instead those basic Christian doctrines and reflections held in common by most Christian communities, In consequence, his books are valued by many people from most Christian denominations, and many Orthodox Christians have found both spiritual value and pleasure in reading him.

Robert Stroud writes:...Biographer George Sayer notes his appreciation of the Orthodox liturgy. "At Rhodes . . . they went to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral for part of the Easter service. Jack was moved by it and by a village wedding ceremony they attended. Thereafter, whenever the subject came up between us, he said that he preferred the Orthodox Liturgy to either Catholic or Protestant liturgies."

One thing which impressed him, described in a passage in Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, was the freedom of the Orthodox worship experience. "Some stood, some knelt, some sat, some walked. . . . And the beauty of it was that nobody took the slightest notice of what anyone else was doing." That is because their attention was properly focused, toward God.

There also appears an echo of the Desert Fathers in Lewis' most vulnerable work. “A Grief Observed” was written after the death of his beloved wife, Joy...

.... The most thoughtful study of Lewis' relationship to Orthodoxy was written by Bishop Kallistos .... In "C.S. Lewis: An 'Anonymous Orthodox'?" he explores this fascinating question. He humbly relates that Lewis has a tendency to "idealize us Orthodox," and affirms that "even though C.S. Lewis' personal contacts with the Orthodox Church were not extensive . . . at the same time his thinking is often profoundly in harmony with the Orthodox standpoint."

Bishop Kallistos describes at length "four significant points of convergence between Lewis and Orthodoxy." Key among them is the fact that this disciple of Christ, who was richly nourished by the sacraments, was "acutely conscious of the hiddenness of God, of the inexhaustible mystery of the Divine." He concludes with the statement that Lewis surely has a "strong claim to be considered an 'anonymous Orthodox.'" Yet, just as Lewis is truly Orthodox, in the most profound sense of the word, he "belongs" to all who name the name of Christ...."C.S. Lewis articulated a vision of Christian truth which a member of the Orthodox Church can wholeheartedly endorse. His starting -point may be that of a Western Christian, but repeatedly his conclusions are Orthodox, with a large as well as small 'o'."

- Fr. Andrew

2018 Taste of Northeast Festival

Friends and Neighbors, We have decided to take a year off from hosting our Taste of Northeast Festival.  Thank you so much for your participation in our past festivals.  YOU are what makes the Taste of NE such an enjoyable event!
Please continue to feel welcome at any of our church services and all other events our parish hosts.  You can keep up to date by visiting this website.


Service cancellation policy:

  • No one should travel to church for services if the road conditions are dangerous.
  • No services will be cancelled.
  • Those who cannot get to services should instead stay home, give thanks to God, be happy that at least a priest and a chanter are singing the services and praying for them.
  • Good church etiquiette also suggests staying home if you are sick or feel like you are coming down with an illness.

All services are held at the Cathedral unless otherwise noted.
Please watch the Messenger and website for places/times of other services.

Schedule of ServicesTuesday, November 20
6:15 p.m. Festal Vigil

, November 21
Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple
9:00 a.m. Festal Liturgy
6:15 p.m. Great Vespers

Thursday, November 22
Happy Thanksgiving!
10:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Akathist

Saturday, November 24
5:00 p.m. Great Vespers

Sunday, November 25
26th Sunday after Pentecost
Leavetaking of the Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple

7:45 a.m. Matins @ Cathedral
9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy @ Cathedral



NOTE: Elevators available at both the Cathedral and the Parish Center.

This Week's EventsMonday, November 19
Church Office Closed
NO Perohi

Tuesday, November 20
NO. Perohi
7:00 p.m. Balalaika Rehearsal
7:15 p.m. Men’s Bible Study

Wednesday, November 21
7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, November 22
Parish Center Closed

Friday, November 23
Parish Center Closed
NO Perohi Sales

Sunday, November 25
11:00 a.m. Church School @ Parish Center


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