Daily Devotion: A Mother to Us All

Daily Devotion: A Mother to Us All

When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, “Woman behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.  John 19: 26-28 Good morning Prayer Team!...

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Sunday of Orthodoxy Celebrated in Taybeh

Sunday of Orthodoxy Celebrated in Taybeh

Today was a glorious celebration for the Sunday of Orthodoxy, commemorated in my church annually this first Sunday of the Holy Great Lent. After a beautiful Divine Liturgy, Fr. Daoud P. Khoury and the entire congregation of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, with the children holding icons, made a wonderful...

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You Were Presented in the Temple

You Were Presented in the Temple

On February 2, our Orthodox Church celebrates a beautiful moment in the life of Christ – The Presentation of Christ at the Temple. According to the Jewish practice at that time, the first-born son of a family was to be brought forty days after his birth to the Temple in...

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Journey to Bethlehem, Part 2

Journey to Bethlehem, Part 2

What shall we offer Thee, O Christ, Who for our sakes hast appeared on earth as man? Every creature made by Thee offers Thee thank. The angels offer a hymn; the heavens a star; the wisemen gifts; the shepherds, their wonder; the earth, its cave; the wilderness, a manger.  And...

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Fast or Feast, String Beans in a Mushroom Sauce are Sure to Please

Fast or Feast, String Beans in a Mushroom Sauce are Sure to Please

Another fast is coming, and this time we honor the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. For the first two weeks of August, the 1st through the 14th, faithful Orthodox Christians fast (from meat, dairy and eggs, and fish) and offer prayers through the Paraklesis Service. During this time (on...

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What is the Apostles Fast?

What is the Apostles Fast?

Orthodox Christians around the world observe four fasting seasons during the year. Two of these—the Great Fast for the forty days of Lent, and the Dormition Fast during the first fifteen days of August—are considered “strict” fasts. The other two are generally observed as “lesser” fasts: the so-called “Christmas Lent”...

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Orthodox Christianity in China? The Story of the Chinese Martyrs of the Boxer Rebellion

Orthodox Christianity in China? The Story of the Chinese Martyrs of the Boxer Rebellion

The feast day commemorating the Chinese Orthodox Christian martyrs from the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 has just passed on the New Calendar. A post about these remarkable martyrs on OCN’s Facebook page has gone viral, with 8,000 likes, more than 1,000 shares, and hundreds of thousands of views as of...

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Σημείον αντιλεγόμενον

Σημείον αντιλεγόμενον

Ο Δημήτρης Καραβασίλης προσεγγίζει τον λόγο του Συμεών την ώρα της Υπαπαντής του Κυρίου στον Ναό. Είχε πει στην Παναγία οτι ο Ιησούς θα είναι σημείο αντιλεγόμενον ..εις πτώσιν και ανάστασιν πολλών…” Τι εννοούσε; Σε ποιούς αναφερόταν; Ποια η δική μας στάση; Εχει επιπτώσεις; Αν ναι ποιες; Αυτά και άλλα...

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Presentation of Our Lord

Presentation of Our Lord

Your birth sanctified a Virgin’s womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us, O Christ our God, give peace to your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom you love, as only the loving one. +Kontakion (First Tone)

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Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Presentation of Christ in the Temple

This week on Theologically Thinking, Fr. Bill Chiganos will discuss the presentation of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ to the Temple.

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