The Fourth Sunday of Lent: Sunday of our Righteous Father John (Climacus) of Sinai, Author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent

Icon of the 'Ladder of Divine Ascent' provided by Athanasios Clark and used with permission.

Learn About the Feast of Saint John Climacus

On March 30 and on the Fourth Sunday of Holy Lent the Orthodox Church commemorates our Righteous Father John Climacus. He is called Climacus due to his authorship of the great spiritual work The Ladder of Divine Ascent. His commemoration is designated by the Church on one of the Sundays of Lent as his life and writings affirm him as a supreme bearer and proponent of Christian asceticism. The ascetic example of this great Saint of the Church inspires us in our Lenten journey. Learn More »

Listen to the Hymns of the Feast of Saint John Climacus

 

Apolytikion (Plagal of the Fourth Tone)

With the rivers of your tears, you have made the barren desert fertile. Through sighs of sorrow from deep within you, your labors have borne fruit a hundredfold. By your miracles you have become a light, shining upon the world. O John, our Holy Father, pray to Christ our God, to save our souls. Listen »

Kontakion (First Tone)

As ever-blooming fruits, you offer the teachings of your God-given book, O wise John, most blessed, while sweetening the hearts of all them that heed it with vigilance; for it is a ladder from the earth unto Heaven that confers glory on the souls that ascend it and honor you faithfully.

Glory of Psalm 140, Sunday of St. John Climacus; Great Vespers (Tone Plagal of the First)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
O righteous Father, thou heardest the voice of the Gospel and forsook the world, riches, and glory, counting them as naught. Wherefore, thou didst cry unto all: love God, and ye will find eternal favor. Put nothing above His love, that when He cometh in His glory ye may find rest with all the saints. Wherefore, by their intercessions, O Christ God, preserve and save our souls. Listen »

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Be the Bee - Fasting and Prayer

Learn more about the basics of fasting and prayer with this playlist of short videos. You'll find 16 episodes of "Be the Bee" that will help you make the most of Great Lent and Holy Week!

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Journey Through Holy Week

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Preparing for Holy Week with Your Family

The Center for Family Care offers two video panel discussions focusing on the practicalities of keeping your family engaged throughout Holy Week.

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Don't Miss the Opportunity to Reach Out!

With church attendance increasing over the Lenten period with its usual peak during Holy Week, this is our greatest opportunity to reach out to our inactive Orthodox and to inquirers about the faith.

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