A Reflection on Why We Fast

A Reflection on Why We Fast

Sermon published with permission of student author.  This past Saturday, our class had a night out for pizza.  For those who were able to make it, we enjoyed a variety of pizzas.  We ordered a sausage pizza, a buffalo chicken pizza, and there was one we ordered custom… with just...

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Thoughts on Great Lent

Thoughts on Great Lent

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   In this period, we have two fasts, as we all know. There are about seven weeks of strict fasting, eight if you include the Cheese-fare weekwhich precedes. For a lot of people this is an enjoyable and desirable time, for others...

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Fasting and Prayer

Fasting and Prayer

The Great Canon of St. Andrew says, “When the Lord had fasted for forty days in the wilderness, He at last became hungry, showing His human nature. Do not be despondent, my soul, if the enemy attacks you, but let him be beaten off by prayer and fasting.” [Matthew 4:1-11;...

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Practical Prayer and Other Spiritual Tools

Practical Prayer and Other Spiritual Tools

There are essentially two types of prayer rules that we have in the Orthodox Church. It is important for us to understand these in order to best make prayer a part of our lives, or better put, to keep ourselves from using our spiritual powers of self-justification and personal laxity...

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The end of the fast and the ‘air’ of asceticism

The end of the fast and the ‘air’ of asceticism

Having completed the forty days that bring profit to our soul, we beseech You, in Your love for us: May we behold the Holy Week of Your Passion that in it we may glorify Your majestic works and ineffable dispensation for us, singing with one mind, ‘Lord glory to You’....

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Gluten-free Lenten Tapas

Gluten-free Lenten Tapas

James W. Lillie   If you want to make a special ascetic effort for Lent, you could always eat what the Prodigal Son wanted to. When he was away being prodigal, I mean. I’m not suggesting you go out and slaughter a fatted calf to help you through fifth week....

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Planting Orthodox Seeds: LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory

Planting Orthodox Seeds: LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory

Every person asks questions.  Here at Orthodox Christian Network we encourage it.  Fr. Gregory Joyce blesses our OCN Community. Every other week Fr. Gregory goes LIVE on OCN Facebook and has a worldwide audience of questions and answers with viewers and supporters like you.   We thank you to those that...

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The Great Journey that is Lent

The Great Journey that is Lent

Watch Here Fr. Anthony takes us on what the journey of what Lent means. How do we pray, fast, repent, what should our attitude be so our journey through Lent may not be in vain? Local, you can join along with Fr. Tandilyan on Peabody Public Access Cable TV on...

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LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory on Preparing for Great Lent

LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory on Preparing for Great Lent

ABOUT FR. GREGORY JOYCE Fr. Gregory Joyce is the Rector of St. Vladimir’s Church, part of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.  Fr. Gregory served at Holy Trinity Monastery on the clerical staff and taught English and English as a Second Language at Holy Trinity Monastery during the academic year...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: Thoughts on Fasting

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Thoughts on Fasting

With the coming of another Holy Season of Great Lent, our thoughts turn to the topic of fasting. Here I offer a few thoughts for your consideration. First consider the question: “Is there more than one way to fast?” After encountering a very difficult health issue wherein I lost considerable...

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