Cheese Fare Sunday

Cheese Fare Sunday

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes   Today, is Cheese-fare Sunday, which sees the closing of the period of Triodion. Tomorrow, with God’s blessing and help, we embark upon the forty day Fast of Great Lent. Great Lent is a time of spiritual struggle for Orthodox Christians. The aim of this struggle...

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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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Preparing for our Lenten Journey

Preparing for our Lenten Journey

“Preparing for our Lenten Journey”- Great Lent 2016 Just as we make plans for our summer vacations, we need to make plans for our Lenten Journey. We are on a 40-day journey that will lead us to the passion and resurrection of Christ. Watch and Listen as Fr. Luke Veronis prepares us for our...

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Martha Actually Set a Great Example

Martha Actually Set a Great Example

She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.”  John 11:27  (Gospel on the Saturday of Lazarus)   Good morning Prayer Team! Most of us are familiar with the story of Mary and Martha, told...

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The Interior and Exterior Evangelism of Great Lent

The Interior and Exterior Evangelism of Great Lent

The Great 40 Days are generally considered to be a time of introspection and repentance. The very first words of the Great Canon of St Andrew indicate the way, “Where shall I begin to lament the deeds of my wretched life? What first-fruit shall I offer, O Christ, for my...

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Different Kinds of Healing

Different Kinds of Healing

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love...

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He Had to Become Like Us in Every Way

He Had to Become Like Us in Every Way

Therefore He had to be made like His brethren in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make expiation for the sins of the people.  For because He Himself has suffered and been tempted, He is able to...

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Come and See What!

Come and See What!

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael answered him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  Philip said to him, “Come and see.”  John 1: 45-46  (Gospel...

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One Happy Father

One Happy Father

But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.  And the son said to him, “Father I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”  But the...

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Humility and a Reorienting the Heart

Humility and a Reorienting the Heart

  The Gospel of the Pharisee and the Publican is read every year to open the Triodion, the preface period to Great Lent, and it is a highly familiar parable to all Christians as an analysis of the weight of humility versus pride; however, the layers of depth in meaning...

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