Saint Porphyrios on Blackmailing God

Saint Porphyrios on Blackmailing God

Bargaining with God in prayer is such a common human behavior that it’s part of our culture. How many times have you seen a character in a movie, hands clasped, drenched in tears, promising, “God, if you will just , I promise you I’ll never [fill in...

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Divine Liturgy: Second Sunday of Matthew

Divine Liturgy: Second Sunday of Matthew

Apolytikion The stone that had been sealed before Your tomb by the Jews and the soldiers guarding did watch o’er Your pure and sacred body O Savior the third day You arose, and unto all the world did You give life whereby all the heavenly powers did proclaim that You...

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Seeing with Saint Seraphim’s Eyes

Seeing with Saint Seraphim’s Eyes

“My friend, both of us at this moment are in the Spirit, you and I.” These pinnacle words from the historic conversation between Nikolay Motovilov and Saint Seraphim of Sarov express a concept awash in my mind as I tend to the care of my granddaughter. Reactions are numerous, animated,...

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Ancient Prayers are True to Life

Ancient Prayers are True to Life

And grant rest, O Master, to our souls and bodies as we sleep; preserve us from the gloomy slumber of sin and from the dark passions of the night. Calm the impulses of carnal desires, quench the fiery darts of the evil one which are craftily directed against us. Still...

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Martyr Rugs and Angelic Voices

Martyr Rugs and Angelic Voices

God loves us, and we can find this to be so in the beauty that surrounds us. Sometimes we are watching and listening for it. Sometimes we are not. Icons have a special, deep beauty that can help us to be aware of God’s love for us and for all...

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