Holy Communion – 2

Holy Communion – 2

We don’t take Holy Communion just because we’re in church and something’s moved us to do so, or because others are, or because we’ve become used to doing so. We have to be prepared. First of all, we have to be aware what a special gift Holy Communion is for...

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Sunday of the Canaanite Woman: We’ve All Felt Like This

Sunday of the Canaanite Woman: We’ve All Felt Like This

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. We’ve all had the experience of a prayer going unanswered.  We’ve even offered prayers that we thought were worthy prayers for worthy causes...

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Holy Communion

Holy Communion

At this point, the curtain of the Royal Doors is usually closed, and preparations are made for the Holy Communion of the priests and the faithful. While this is happening, the Communion Hymn is sung, which is often verses from certain psalms, but may also be other hymns or extracts...

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Baptism: We Become Disciples and Apostles at the Same Time

Baptism: We Become Disciples and Apostles at the Same Time

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. In the early church, one was baptized as an adult, after having been a “catechumen” for two years.  During the time when one...

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A scandal, many sins and a saint!

A scandal, many sins and a saint!

Ioannis Panayiotopoulos, Lecturer at the Theological School, Athens University   One of the most wonderful stories in the Lavsaïko describes...

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The Human Condition

The Human Condition

Saint Justin Popovich   We humans find ourselves on the road between paradise and hell, between God and the devil. All our thoughts and reflections, and every one of our feelings, bring the soul a little closer to paradise or hell. If a thought or reflection is rational (that is...

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Playing by the rules

Playing by the rules

Have you ever tried to score, but you broke a rule, so your goal didn’t count? In basketball, maybe you made the basket…but you went out of bounds or pushed another player. In soccer, maybe you made the goal…but you were standing where you shouldn’t have been standing. As Christians,...

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Baptism: We All Have a Commission in God’s Army

Baptism: We All Have a Commission in God’s Army

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.  Go therefore and make...

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Baptism: The Most Important Thing We Can Do as a Christian is Show Up

Baptism: The Most Important Thing We Can Do as a Christian is Show Up

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  And when they saw Him they worshipped...

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What Have You Done With The Talents?

What Have You Done With The Talents?

Metropolitan Georgios (Pavlidis) of Nikaia, Athens († 1990)   1. What are the talents?  ‘Talents’ are the various qualities, gifts and endowments which we have received from God. All kinds of things. Different in quality and in quantity. One person receives a lot, another receives less. One spiritually and intellectually,...

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