Posts by Fr. John Parker

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The Apostolic Example: Coming and Going, Gathering and Sending

Words are wonderful. One June 29 we celebrated the Synaxis of the Holy Apostles. But what does that celebration mean? What is a Synaxis? Interestingly,…

Jul 01, 2017
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Will I See My Relatives in Heaven: A Paschal Contemplation

The joy of Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, is a marvelous wonder. Because it is a Spring Feast (dated with the Spring equinox,…

Apr 15, 2017
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A Most-Profitable Vacation in Great Lent?

I have a sweet and dear parishioner who comes from an Old Rite background. She was describing to me the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete–that beautiful…

Mar 10, 2017
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The Time for Orthodoxy in America?

Circles of young women crying on one another’s shoulders—you’ve seen the pictures. As if a Tsunami had just struck the coast and wiped away…

Nov 28, 2016
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Weathering the Political Season with Fatih

“Lord, send revival, and start with me!” This was a bumper sticker on many cars in Charleston, South Carolina, long ago. The little quip packed three…

Oct 08, 2016
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The Interior and Exterior Evangelism of Great Lent

The Great 40 Days are generally considered to be a time of introspection and repentance. The very first words of the Great Canon of St Andrew indicate…

Mar 14, 2016
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Wealth, Greed, and the American Gospel

When Martin Shkreli, American Entrepreneur and Pharmaceutical Executive, recently acquired the rights to a drug used to fight AIDS and increased its price…

Feb 19, 2016
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What to Give to the One who Made Everything?

    So here is a twist on the usual question:  what do you get for that someone who *made* everything?  I confess to you, dear reader,  that…

Dec 18, 2015
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What Is a Saint?

Our primary goal at the  Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is to share the truth of Orthodoxy with the world. Our secondary goal is to generate fruitful…

Oct 20, 2015
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The True Meaning of the Rainbow

For the first several days of October, South Carolina was hit by a storm of epic proportions.  Boone Hall Plantation, which is 3 miles from my house,…

Oct 06, 2015
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Right and Wrong

“Words mean things.”  This is a phrase that one of my teachers branded onto my brain.  “Words mean things.”  And yet today, words seem disposable,…

Aug 27, 2015
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The Samaritan Woman, The Acts of the Holy Apostles, The Holy Ascension, Pentecost, and the Pew Report

Just a few Sundays ago, we read the account of the Samaritan Woman, that marvelous encounter with Jesus, at the same hour as his crucifixion, the 6th hour. …

May 26, 2015