Hudson Teen Retrieves Epiphany Cross

Hudson Teen Retrieves Epiphany Cross

  TARPON SPRINGS, Fla   It took Anderson Combs less than 20 seconds to pull the coveted white wooden cross from a bayou in Tarpon Springs. The seasoned swimmer from Hudson High School was among 49 boys, aged 16 to 18, who participated in Wednesday’s Epiphany celebration, the largest of its kind...

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Orthodox in Cyprus Celebrate Epiphany in Occupied Territory

Orthodox in Cyprus Celebrate Epiphany in Occupied Territory

      It seems the day the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended as a dove, the borders opened as well! In an article on EURONEWS titled,  Cyprus: Famagusta hosts first Epiphany for 42 years, by Marios Ioannou, it has been reported that 1200 Orthodox faithful attended Epiphany celebrations...

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Epiphany Cross Dive Celebration in Turkey

Epiphany Cross Dive Celebration in Turkey

    In a time of great Christian persecution, here’s some good news! According to the Greek Reporter, in an article titled, First Greek Orthodox Epiphany Celebration in Izmir Since 1922, by Ioanna Zikakou , “For the first time since the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922, a Greek Orthodox Epiphany celebration is...

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Critical Ingredients for a Divine Revelation

Critical Ingredients for a Divine Revelation

    Humility, Repentance, and Community: Critical Ingredients for a Divine Revelation In examining the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ baptism and the revelation of The Holy Trinity – Theophany – Two questions were prominent in my mind: What can we learn about Who God is and what He is like...

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Nativity Devotion, January 6: The Manifestation of God

Nativity Devotion, January 6: The Manifestation of God

And when Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on Him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well...

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Daily Reading for January 6, 2016, Holy Theophany, Epiphany

Daily Reading for January 6, 2016, Holy Theophany, Epiphany

  St. Paul’s Letter to Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 Prokeimenon. Mode 4. Psalm 117.26,1 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercy endures forever. TITUS, my son, the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all...

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Epiphany in Tarpon Springs

Epiphany in Tarpon Springs

    The Feast of Epiphany is one of the 12 major feast days of the Orthodox calendar.  It is often celebrated around the world with the blessing of rivers or lakes and young men dive to retrieve the cross which was used to bless the waters for an extra...

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Navigating the Stress of Christmas

Navigating the Stress of Christmas

“Never again!”   Two words I think of often this time of year.   Never again!  Forget the mall. I am shopping for Christmas gifts online next year! Never again!  Did we need all these Christmas cookies? Never again!  Next year we are staying home and relaxing! Never again!  Do...

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The Original Polar Bear Club

The Original Polar Bear Club

Just as the weather begins to get wintry in our area, I start to see signs advertising the chills and thrills of a Polar Bear Club Dive into the frosty waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It always surprises me that even without the framework of Orthodoxy to follow, somehow the...

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Why was Jesus baptized?

Why was Jesus baptized?

In this episode of “Beauty Will Save The World,” Fr. Barnabas Powell explores the deeper significance of the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. Theologians have puzzled over why Jesus, the Son of God, submitted to baptism from John the Baptizer. Fr. Powell points out that Jesus did not...

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