Understanding and Living Our Faith: What Do You Mean Santa Isn’t Real?

Understanding and Living Our Faith: What Do You Mean Santa Isn’t Real?

Do you remember your childhood when you believed in Santa Claus? Do you remember that excitement you felt Christmas Eve in anticipation of what was to come the next day? I remember one Christmas Eve, when I was about 6 or 7, sitting in my bedroom with my brother and...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith:What is Prayer and Why Do We Pray

Understanding and Living Our Faith:What is Prayer and Why Do We Pray

“Prayer is the test of everything; prayer is also the source of everything; prayer is the driving force of everything; prayer is also the director of everything. If prayer is right, everything is right.” (St. Theophan the Recluse) Ask yourself what is prayer and why do we pray? The answer...

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LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

Sponsored by St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD.  These are not classes on high theology that are intimidating or difficult to understand. We focus on the “down to earth” and practical ways we should understand and live our faith. In His parables to the masses, Christ always used practical...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: God is in Control…Really

Understanding and Living Our Faith: God is in Control…Really

“God’s Providence controls the universe. It is present everywhere. Providence is the sovereign Logos of God…” (St. Anthony the Great) At times our lives feel out of control. Things are happening to us and we don’t understand why. We may ask ourselves, “God, where are you?! Why won’t you help...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Holy Theotokos and the Sacrifice and Love of Mothers

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Holy Theotokos and the Sacrifice and Love of Mothers

“Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.” We have entered into the time of the Dormition Fast, one of the holiest times of the...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: The Blessing of Brokenness

Understanding and Living Our Faith: The Blessing of Brokenness

“Our Lord Jesus Christ came to heal us of this brokenness…” (Metropolitan Philaret of New York) Christ says something very curious in Luke 20:17-18. He quotes Psalms 117:22 LXX (Psalms 118) which says, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” and adds, “Whoever falls on that...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Pascha and the Promise of Life from Death

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Pascha and the Promise of Life from Death

“We must understand that the human person, in reality, does not die. Death is simply a transfer from one life to another.” (St. Paisios of Mt. Athos) “Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down death, and to those in the tombs, He grants life.” Whether it is...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: When Protectors Become Predators

Understanding and Living Our Faith: When Protectors Become Predators

“To give free rein to the senses is to shackle the soul, to shackle the senses is to liberate it. When the sun sets, night comes; when Christ leaves the soul, the darkness of the passions envelops it and incorporeal predators tear it asunder.” (Theoliptos, Metropolitan of Philadelphia) Powerful men...

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LIVE Adult Education – Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time

LIVE Adult Education – Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time

Fear and Distrust: Viruses of the Soul There seems to be a lot of fear and distrust in our society today. Our leaders peddle it as tools of persuasion. The majority of news stories are negative, even horrific, and often breed fear and distrust. We all have our own internal...

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Adult Education: Loneliness and Isolation: Silent Tormentors in a Social Society

Adult Education: Loneliness and Isolation: Silent Tormentors in a Social Society

Adult Religious Education Class Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time October 15th Lesson: Loneliness and Isolation: Silent Tormentors in a Social Society Many experts among scientists, mental health professionals, theologians, clergy, and others, believe there is a growing problem of loneliness and isolation in...

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The Diabolical Nature of Divisiveness

The Diabolical Nature of Divisiveness

Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time October 8th Lesson: The Diabolical Nature of Divisiveness We are a theology of wholeness but a people of division – or so it seems per the latter. But is this true? Are we really as divided as it...

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Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time

Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time

September 24th Lesson: The Sabbath Today: Sacred or Secular? “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy” is the fourth of the ten commandments, but forget the Sabbath Day and keep it secular, or keep it like the other six days may be a more accurate description of many of...

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