Archangel Gabriel and the Birth of Christ

Archangel Gabriel and the Birth of Christ

No angel figures more prominently in the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ than the Archangel Gabriel. The name Gabriel in Hebrew means “Man of God”. It has also been translated as the “Strength/Power of God”. This archangel has also been called the leader of the heavenly hosts. Gabriel was...

Read more
St. Anastasia the Great Martyr

St. Anastasia the Great Martyr

Listen to the Daily Reading for December 22, 2016, St. Anastasia the Great Martyr St. Paul’s First Letter to Timothy 6:17-21 TIMOTHY, my son, charge the rich in this world not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches but on God who richly furnishes us with...

Read more
Admonishment Is Not the Same as Excommunication

Admonishment Is Not the Same as Excommunication

Earlier this month, news broke that the Ecumenical Patriarch had sent a letter to the Archbishop of Athens asking to “…depose and excommunicate leading hierarchs and clergy of the Church for their opposition to the ‘Council’ of Crete and its innovative organization and decisions.”  The “council” they are referring to...

Read more
Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh

Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh

Have you ever had trouble finding the perfect Christmas gift for somebody? It’s hard to find something that would really fit somebody perfectly. Today is the feastday of the Nativity, the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ! In the Gospel reading, we hear how when the wise men came to...

Read more
A Moment of Prayer

A Moment of Prayer

It only takes a moment. Is the news just getting unbearable? Children are starving, families are homeless and violence rages across the globe. Fr. Gary Kyriacou, with St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo, CA is tired too. On December 31, 2016, he calling for a Worldwide Moment of Prayer....

Read more
Christmas can be approached only through faith

Christmas can be approached only through faith

Athanasios Moustakis ‘When Abraham was called, by faith…’ As is the case every year, the Epistle reading for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ focuses on faith. It consists of two excerpts from chapter 11 of Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews (verses 9-10 and 32-40) in which the Apostle...

Read more
I Will Go—The Shepherds

I Will Go—The Shepherds

LET US GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD I give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. Psalm 9:1 And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of...

Read more