A Resource to Celebrate Saint Nicholas

A Resource to Celebrate Saint Nicholas

It’s always surprised me how adults burden themselves during the Christmas Holiday Season by playing Santa, and they neglect to honor his prototype St. Nicholas. Do you know who St. Nicholas was and is? The Greek Archdiocese of America has an Advent page that features information concerning the feasts and...

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Separation of Church and State

Separation of Church and State

Be Transfigured – Separation of Church and State Our final “Ask Father” sermon for the season answers the question, “What is our Church view on the state law and our religious law?” During election season the balance between Church and State is often brought into the highlight. It can be a...

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What is God’s Plan?

What is God’s Plan?

Be Transfigured – What is God’s Plan? In a world that focuses more and more upon building wealth and living a comfortable lifestyle, it has become increasingly popular to invoke God’s name as a defender of our wealth addiction. Popular Christian pastors on TV and the internet teach their flock,...

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Too Many Translations

Too Many Translations

Be Transfigured – Too Many Translations With over one hundred translations of the Bible into English, it can be a daunting task for even the most serious Christian to choose. A wealth of vocabulary of the original can create a variety of translation options which is understandable. However the American...

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The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Prayer

The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Prayer

Be Transfigured – The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Prayer This week’s “Ask Father” sermon asks the question, “Can we pray for people who are not of the Christian faith, for example for the healing from a sickness?” Although the simple answer is, “yes,” there is a great...

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Learning to Trust God through Tithing

Learning to Trust God through Tithing

Be Transfigured – Learning to Trust God through Tithing There are many things that can help us to trust God. Just like learning how to swim requires us to build trust in our teacher little by little, tithing helps us to learn how to trust God. Saint Paul knew this...

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Patron Saints and Welcoming the Holy Spirit

Patron Saints and Welcoming the Holy Spirit

Be Transfigured – Patron Saints and Welcoming the Holy Spirit This week there are two questions in our “Ask Father” series. Our first question, “Why are some Patron Saints more popular and more recognized than others?” explains why some names are more popular than others in the Church. The tradition...

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Communion is the Center of Life

Communion is the Center of Life

Be Transfigured – Communion is the Center of Life When it comes to Holy Communion, there are many different opinions about how often, when, how and is what spiritual condition we should receive. This week’s “Ask Father” sermon returns again to topic of Holy Communion, this time more with a...

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Is it Sinful to Step Back and Let Something Happen?

Is it Sinful to Step Back and Let Something Happen?

Be Transfigured – Is it Sinful to Step Back and Let Something Happen? The question of whether to step back and allow something to happen or to step in and get involved to stop an evil is a challenge with which Christians have been struggling since the first days of...

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What is the difference between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Church?

What is the difference between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Church?

Be Transfigured – What is the difference between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Church? With the approaching Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church our “Ask Father” series speaks on the differences, or in this case similarities, between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox...

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What can Non-Orthodox Christians do in the Church?

What can Non-Orthodox Christians do in the Church?

Be Transfigured – What can Non-Orthodox Christians do in the Church? This week’s “Ask Father” question is a follow-up to last week’s topic about Holy Communion. Now that we understand why a non-Orthodox Christian cannot receive Holy Communion in our Church, and why we cannot receive Holy Communion in a...

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Receiving Holy Communion in Non-Orthodox Churches and Blessing others

Receiving Holy Communion in Non-Orthodox Churches and Blessing others

Be Transfigured – Receiving Holy Communion in Non-Orthodox Churches and Blessing others This is the first of our “Ask Father” sermons for Summer 2016. This week’s questions both deal with relationships with others, inside and outside the Church. Can I receive Holy Communion in a non-Orthodox Church? What is the proper way...

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