Posts by Seraphim Danckaert

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Supplications to the Theotokos on Mt. Athos

Beginning on August 1, the Orthodox Church enters a special fasting period, known popularly as the fifteen days. Leading up to the great feast day of the…

Aug 01, 2014
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On Fasting by St. John Chrysostom

Fasting is a medicine. But medicine, as beneficial as it is, becomes useless because of the inexperience of the user. He has to know the appropriate time…

Aug 01, 2014
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Why the Divine Liturgy is Truly Heaven on Earth

St. Germanos of Constantinople said: “The Church is the Earthly Heaven, in which the Heavenly God dwells and moves.” Find out why the Church…

Aug 01, 2014
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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on the Meaning of the Word “Liturgy”

Metropolitan Kallisos Ware is one of the leading Orthodox theologians of the last several generations. He is a sought-after speaker, appearing at scholarly…

Aug 01, 2014
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Don’t Proof Text the Holy Fathers

“Proof texting” is a well known problem, especially when it comes to interpreting Holy Scripture. Some people develop whole theologies around…

Jul 29, 2014
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What Does It Mean to Take Up Our Cross

The great 19th century Russian bishop, St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, delivered the following sermon on a famous text from Holy Scripture: “Whosoever…

Jul 29, 2014
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St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain: It is Necessary to Receive Holy Communion Frequently

We shall prove from scriptural and patristic witnesses that it is necessary for the faithful and Orthodox Christians to receive the Body and Blood of our…

Jul 29, 2014
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Charitable Works Abolish Death by St. John Chrysostom

A selection from a sermon by our father among the saints, John Chrysostom (On the Nativity, 55). The saint writes: is so great that they not only cleanse…

Jul 29, 2014
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The World’s First Underground Orthodox Church

Ancient Dacia was famous for its salt mines. In modern-day Romania, salt mines continue to be popular and can be found throughout the country. In addition…

Jul 27, 2014
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This Russian Video Made the World Cry

Dashboard cameras are mainly used by police in America but are a popular accessory for civilian cars in Russia. There are a wide variety of dash-cam compilations…

Jul 27, 2014
This Week in Orthodoxy

Two Modern Artists with Orthodox Christian Themes

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. This week, we are…

Jul 25, 2014
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Maslenitsa: An Orthodox Mardi Gras…With Snowball Fights

Maslenitsa, sometimes called Butter Week, Crepe Week, or Cheesefare Week (i.e. the week we say goodbye to cheese), is a very popular religious and folk…

Jul 24, 2014
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