Bright Sadness: Learning Who We Are

Bright Sadness: Learning Who We Are

During the summer I’ve had the bright sadness of experiencing the deaths of five people close to me who I respected. In many cases, some of us didn’t learn significant details about the reposed until after their death. Peter, a longtime member of our parish, had been a rocket scientist...

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Finishing the Race: A Daughter’s Tribute

Finishing the Race: A Daughter’s Tribute

My mother died recently. My sisters and I ordered the marker, and I was confronted with the dash between the dates, the dash in place of 84 years of living. We gave up trying to write an obituary for mom. She did so much in her life, it would never...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Pascha and the Promise of Life from Death

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Pascha and the Promise of Life from Death

“We must understand that the human person, in reality, does not die. Death is simply a transfer from one life to another.” (St. Paisios of Mt. Athos) “Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down death, and to those in the tombs, He grants life.” Whether it is...

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What is eternal life and the kingdom of heaven?

What is eternal life and the kingdom of heaven?

Alexandros Christodoulou   Meatfare Sunday Today’s Gospel gives an anthropomorphic description of the fundamental dogma of our faith regarding Christ’s Second Coming on earth and the Judgement. The throne on which Christ will sit depicts the majesty of the judgement, its impartiality, and the separation of people. In fact, everything...

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Between the First and Second Comings

Between the First and Second Comings

In the early Church, when Christian believers gathered or parted, when they first saw each other or were separating, they didn’t say the equivalent of our “hello” or “goodbye.” They said “Maran-atha!”—an Aramaic expression that means “Come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelations 22:20) The Church Father, St. Hippolytus of Rome, in 204...

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On the Dormition of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

On the Dormition of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

August 28 marked the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, according to the Julian calendar. Most of the world’s autocephalous, or self-governing, Orthodox Churches celebrate the feast along with Roman Catholics and some Protestants on August 15th.  However, the majority of the world’s Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Christians celebrate...

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The Dormition of the Theotokos: Our Promise and Hope

The Dormition of the Theotokos: Our Promise and Hope

The Dormition of the Theotokos was not celebrated for the first five centuries of Christianity. There was silence regarding the holy mystery of the Mother of God’s “falling asleep”. In the beginning, God willed that the details of His mother’s death and glorified, or resurrected, state remain veiled from the...

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In Christ, Our Bones Shall Live

In Christ, Our Bones Shall Live

In Ezekiel’s vision about the dead bones (Ezk 37: 1-14), God reveals to us how He thinks of us in contrast to how we think of ourselves. The way we look at ourselves is just like the people of Israel who say, “Our bones are dry; our hope is lost;...

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Pascha and the Transcendence of Time

Pascha and the Transcendence of Time

We are creatures of linear time, always moving forward, only glancing back imperfectly at the past. We dream of traveling at will along our timeline. Whether it is Superman reversing the spin of the earth, the Enterprise creating slingshot effect around the sun, wormholes intersecting with solar flares or the...

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And He will come again in glory to judge both the living and the dead [6]

And He will come again in glory to judge both the living and the dead [6]

26. God’s Judgement certainly gives rise to fear in us, and what we’re told about how it will happen terrifies us. Even though the Kingdom of Heaven is the declared aim of our lives, the eternal fire of hell has also been prepared. It’s only natural that people will ask:...

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