Across the Border, but Close to Home

Across the Border, but Close to Home

As we continue the Nativity fast and draw near to our loved ones for Christmas; family stories seem to emanate from the warm glow of Christ’s birth. What seems like days, has been years now, since my little sister left for Mexico. Somewhere around five years ago my sister, an...

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Daily Reading for December 25, 2015

Daily Reading for December 25, 2015

  St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 4:4-7 Prokeimenon. Mode Plagal 1. Psalm 65.4,1 Let all the earth worship you, and sing praises to you. Shout with joy to God, all the earth. BRETHREN, when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the...

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Nativity Devotion, December 27: We are His Children

Nativity Devotion, December 27: We are His Children

But when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our...

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Absent for good reason

Absent for good reason

Lord, I heard Your celebrant today praying for our brothers and sisters ‘who are absent for good reason’. And they stuck in my mind. I want to find them, to discover them and then send up fervent supplications for them. Who are they, Lord? Who are they who are far...

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Nativity Devotion, December 26: He Understands Us

Nativity Devotion, December 26: He Understands Us

Therefore He had to be made like His brethren in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make expiation for the sins of the people.  For because He Himself has suffered and been tempted, He is able to...

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Nativity Devotion, December 25: Read the Story

Nativity Devotion, December 25: Read the Story

Merry Christmas Prayer Team!   With our journey to the manger now complete, take a moment today and read the whole story again.  Read it with someone else—your spouse, your parent, your child, your friend, your whole family.  Sit around the table, or in front of your Christmas tree, and...

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Christmas Card Ornaments

Christmas Card Ornaments

  Before you clear out all your Christmas decorations, here is a sweet craft for next year’s tree.       You will need: Christmas cards, a few colored cardstock sheets of paper, glue, scissors, a circle to trace or a 2′ hole punch, and string. You need 6 same-sized circles.  If...

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Archbishop Nathaniel’s Christmas Message

Archbishop Nathaniel’s Christmas Message

Pastoral Letter 2015 Nativity of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ   “Everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms, has to be fulfilled.”  Gospel of Saint Luke the Evangelist 24:44   Beloved Spiritual Children in Christ: Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics...

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Christmas Message from Metropolitan Tikhon

Christmas Message from Metropolitan Tikhon

    ARCHPASTORAL MESSAGE  OF HIS BEATITUDE, METROPOLITAN TIKHON FOR THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST 2015   CHRIST IS BORN ! GLORIFY HIM! To the Honorable Clergy, Venerable Monastics, and Pious Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America, My Beloved Brethren and Blessed Children in the Lord, It is my joy...

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Nativity Devotion, December 24: And the Word Became Flesh

Nativity Devotion, December 24: And the Word Became Flesh

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory.  John 1:14   Good morning Prayer Team! For the past 40 days we have been studying the Gospels of Matthew and Luke and their accounts of the Nativity.  The Gospel of Mark makes no mention of...

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