Christmas, Martyrdom and Liturgy

Christmas, Martyrdom and Liturgy

The relationship between Christmas, Martyrdom, and Liturgy might seem as a stretch at first, but in light of the recent bombing at St. Peter’s Church in Cairo, one may begin to draw a connection between the icon of the Feast Day and martyrdom. In the Christmas icon, the iconographer has...

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The Bridge of Diamond

The Bridge of Diamond

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia ‘Thou hast brought us into being out of nothing’ (The Liturgy of St John Chrysostom). How are we to understand God’s relation to the world he has created? What is meant by this phrase ‘out of nothing’, ex nihilo? Why, indeed did God create at...

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Every Heart Needs Cleansing Once In a While in Order to Remain Grateful

Every Heart Needs Cleansing Once In a While in Order to Remain Grateful

LET US GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD I give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. Psalm 9:1 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.  They ask him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?”  John answered them, “I...

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