Ancient Christian Prayer, Beyond “Christian Yoga”: Part I

Ancient Christian Prayer, Beyond “Christian Yoga”: Part I

Secular spirituality commonly recognizes that healing occurs through one’s body-mind-spirit. Today, many are spiritual, but asked if they are Christian and spiritual, many wouldn’t conclude that they are. To be Christian has come to mean that one knows the Bible and follows Jesus. Of course, this is essential to Christianity,...

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All we ask is for age appropriate behavior.

All we ask is for age appropriate behavior.

You might have heard that there are two kinds of prayer: Corporate Prayer and Personal Prayer. Corporate Prayer is when we are in services together, as in Vespers, Liturgy, Paraklesis…where two or more are gathered praying for the same things. Private Prayer is when you are alone in your “closet”,...

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Too Many Translations

Too Many Translations

Be Transfigured – Too Many Translations With over one hundred translations of the Bible into English, it can be a daunting task for even the most serious Christian to choose. A wealth of vocabulary of the original can create a variety of translation options which is understandable. However the American...

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The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Prayer

The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Prayer

Be Transfigured – The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Prayer This week’s “Ask Father” sermon asks the question, “Can we pray for people who are not of the Christian faith, for example for the healing from a sickness?” Although the simple answer is, “yes,” there is a great...

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Get behind me, Satan!

Get behind me, Satan!

Listen to the Daily Reading for August 10, 2016, Martyr Archdeacon Laurence. St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 10:12-22 BRETHREN, let any one who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he...

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Inside the St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Monastery

Inside the St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Monastery

The following information on the St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Monastery (OCA) in Manton, California is from the book Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries, by Alexei Krindatch. Upon entering the grounds of St. John Monastery (it is situated on forty-two acres of land in a dense pine forest)...

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Choose Love, the Mark of a Christian: Choosing to Thrive in My Circumstances—Part Seven

Choose Love, the Mark of a Christian: Choosing to Thrive in My Circumstances—Part Seven

Jesus said to His disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John 13: 34-35...

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HCHC Students Experience Holy and Great Council

HCHC Students Experience Holy and Great Council

More than 20 students from Hellenic College and Holy Cross had the unforgettable experience of assisting hierarchs from diverse Orthodox jurisdictions who assembled on Crete in June for the Holy and Great Council. The HCHC group was as diverse as the hundreds of delegates they assisted with everything from handling...

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