Service of the Bridegroom (Tuesday Night)

Service of the Bridegroom (Tuesday Night)

Beginning on the evening of Palm Sunday and continuing through the evening of Holy Tuesday, the Orthodox Church observes a special service known as the Service of the Bridgegroom. The name of the service is from the figure of the Bridegroom in the parable of the Ten Virgins found in...

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The Service of the Bridegroom (Monday Evening)

The Service of the Bridegroom (Monday Evening)

This Orthros service otherwise known as the Bridegroom Service is conducted on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights. The themes throughout these services are based chiefly on the last days of Jesus’ earthly life. These first three days constitute a single liturgical unit. They have the same cycle and system of...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 52

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 52

This chapter shows us the things that Jesus said about the future and give us the vision of the things to come. This chapter comes after the pronouncement of Judgement when Jesus speaks to the scribes and Pharisees. A) THE SIEGE OF JERUSALEM Christ is speaking about the destruction of...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 49

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 49

Matthew 22:1-15 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 46

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 46

Matthew 20:17-28 Christ, although he knew of his passion and suffering to come gave a confident assertion of the Resurrection. There is life after death, after the suffering and false ambitions we place on ourselves. The ambition should be the Christian life in whatever cup that has been given to us;...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 43

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 43

His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 40

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 40

Matthew 18:1-14 The Essence of Christian Discipleship Seven qualities can mark the personal relationship of the Christian. They are: humility, responsibility, self-renunciation, individual care, discipline, fellowship, and spirit of forgiveness. Unless you turn Christ warns the disciples that they are going in the completely wrong way by asking “who is...

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Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Saint Andrew

Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Saint Andrew

Today we commemorate Saint Andrew, the First-Called of the Apostles. “Let us praise the namesake of bravery, the divinely eloquent and first to be called of the Disciples of Christ, the kinsman of Peter. As he called out to him in days of old, so now he calls to us,...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 37

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 37

Matthew 16:16-20 Jesus is Christ the Son of God “But who do you say that I am?” Peter was the first man on earth, whom it was revealed to him by the Father, to proclaim Christ as The Son of the Living God. The revelation of the Messiah and His...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 34

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 34

Matthew 14:28; 15:1-9 Collapse and Recovery, the Ministry of Christ, Clean and Unclean, Breaking God’s law to keep man’s law Opening thoughts and basis for discussion We cannot jump in feet first without knowing where our feet will land. It is necessary to consider all things, then speak or make...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 31

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 31

Matthew 13:51-53 Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” Now it came to...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 30

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 30

Matthew 13:33 – 45 Parables of the Leaven, Hidden Treasure, and the Pear of Great Price To illustrate and make things familiar to his listeners, Christ drew from the scenes and activities of everyday life. The transforming power of leaven: Leaven is like yeast. It can be seen working yet...

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