Theophany or Epiphany – 2

Theophany or Epiphany – 2

Saint John Chrysostom Which baptism was performed, in His case? Not that of the Jews, nor ours, nor John’s. Why? You yourselves, from your own view of baptism, can see that He wasn’t baptized for any sins, nor because He needed the Holy Spirit; therefore, as we’ve shown, this baptism...

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Theophany or Epiphany – 1

Theophany or Epiphany – 1

Saint John Chrysostom We shall now say something about the present feast. Many people celebrate feast days and know what they’re called, but don’t know why they were established. So everyone knows that the feast today is called Theophany, but don’t know what Theophany is, and whether it is one...

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The Feast of the Entrance and the Protoevangelium of James

The Feast of the Entrance and the Protoevangelium of James

Much of the hymnography adorning our Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple causes the raising of eyebrows—talk about Mary being escorted into the Holy of Holies by Zechariah the high-priest and remaining there, being miraculously fed by an angel.  How is it that any female was...

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La Fiesta de la Exaltación de la Santísima Cruz

La Fiesta de la Exaltación de la Santísima Cruz

En este episodio de Vengan a Recibir la Luz, los presentadores Padre Aristidis Arizi y Padre David Wooten abordan el tema de la Fiesta de la Exaltación de la Santísima Cruz: ¿Cuál es la historia la Exaltación de la Cruz? ¿Por qué reverencia la Iglesia las santas reliquias, la mayor...

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Teaching the 12 Great Feasts and Pascha

Teaching the 12 Great Feasts and Pascha

This topic is on my mind at the moment because our church school program is focusing on the feasts for this year’s curriculum. I’m working with the youngest class, encompassing of preschool through first grade, so these ideas are geared to them, but could certainly be adapted for older elementary...

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O Paradox of Paradoxes! A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Cross

O Paradox of Paradoxes! A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Cross

Perhaps I am preaching to the choir when I say that the older I become, the more I come to see that our world is full of paradoxes. Contradictions of all sorts abound in our lives — between individuals and their behavior, among ideologies and political systems, and so forth....

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Η σκάλα που μας ανεβάζει στους Ουρανούς

Η σκάλα που μας ανεβάζει στους Ουρανούς

” Ὁ Σταυρός εἶναι ἐλπίς τῶν Χριστιανῶν, σωτήρ τῶν ἀπεγνωσμένων, λιμάνι γι᾽ αὐτούς πού εὑρίσκονται σέ δύσκολες βιωτικές περιστάσεις, ἰατρός γιά τούς ἀσθενεῖς· ἀπομακρύνει τά πάθη, δίδει τήν ὑγεία, δίδει τήν ζωή στούς πνευματικά νεκρούς, καθοδηγεῖ πρός τήν εὐσέβεια, ἀποστομώνει τήν βλασφημία.” Ανδρέου, Αρχιεπισκόπου Κρήτης __________________________________ Posted by the Orthodox...

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The Universal Exaltation of  The Precious and Life-Giving Cross

The Universal Exaltation of The Precious and Life-Giving Cross

To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the...

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How the Monks Make Kollyva on The Holy Mountain

How the Monks Make Kollyva on The Holy Mountain

This article originally appeared here and is republished as part of OCN’s strategic partnership with Pemptousia. On the Holy Mountain, the abbots of the last hundred years are commemorated, as well as the priests and monks of the last thirty. Kollyvo is made every time an icon is placed in...

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“A Great Sign” (Rev. 12:1): A Homily on the Dormition of the Theotokos

“A Great Sign” (Rev. 12:1): A Homily on the Dormition of the Theotokos

Notes for a sermon delivered during Great Vespers, Dormition of the Theotokos, 2014   Today we celebrate a great and joyous solemnity: the falling asleep of the Mother of God in Jerusalem, and her bodily translation into glory. “The Whole Mystery of the Economy” The readings this evening – from Genesis,...

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