Archbishop Demetrios: Lent Is Not a Journey of Despair

Archbishop Demetrios: Lent Is Not a Journey of Despair

Holy and Great Lent Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…. Matthew 3:8                                     To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils...

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Enter into the Spirit of Great Lent

Enter into the Spirit of Great Lent

Great Lent is about stepping out of the busyness of life and intentionally entering an arena to battle the passions. We are called to live simply and in stillness. We fast, we give alms, we attend special services . . . but sometimes, it’s hard to enter into the spirit...

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Maslenitsa: An Orthodox Mardi Gras…With Snowball Fights

Maslenitsa: An Orthodox Mardi Gras…With Snowball Fights

Maslenitsa, sometimes called Butter Week, Crepe Week, or Cheesefare Week (i.e. the week we say goodbye to cheese), is a very popular religious and folk holiday for Orthodox Christians in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and other nearby areas. It’s similar to Mardi Gras or Carnival, in so far as it is...

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Embracing the Blessing of Exquisite Pain

Embracing the Blessing of Exquisite Pain

Every year when Pascha ends, I start to eagerly anticipate the next one, the next opportunity to completely focus on my faith and forget the rest of my earthly obligations. In the Orthodox faith, we are gifted with an abundance of fasts, feast days and other opportunities to embrace what...

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Bright Week

Bright Week

In this episode, Fr. Jason discusses the conclusion of our Lenten journey and the significance of Bright Week. He challenges us to not just abandon the ways we may have grown during Lent, but to incorporate them into our lives permanently. ________________________ Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network.  You can...

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Celebrating Saint Mary of Egypt in the Deep Desert of Sinai

Celebrating Saint Mary of Egypt in the Deep Desert of Sinai

My dear Fathers and Mothers, and brothers and sisters, in the Faith, Greetings to you from the God-trodden Mount of Sinai! Belated greetings for the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt and Feast of the Annunciation (Julian Calendar)! The drama and challenges of life in the wilderness manifested in new...

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Readings for Palm Sunday

Readings for Palm Sunday

Fr. Steven Ritter finishes his look at the Sunday readings of Lent with this week’s episode on Palm Sunday. The readings are Philippians 4:4-9 and John 12:1-18. St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9 Brethern, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your...

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Frankenstein Had a Dirty Lens

Frankenstein Had a Dirty Lens

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein tells a story about a monster created out of scientific discovery, technological advancement, and greed. What most people take away from the text is that industrialization creates terror, and that romanticism, the rejection of advancement and industry, is a hero. However, this is a very broad version...

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Παράδειγμα ζωής η μετάνοια της Οσίας Μαρίας της Αιγυπτίας

Παράδειγμα ζωής η μετάνοια της Οσίας Μαρίας της Αιγυπτίας

Ο Δημήτρης Καραβασίλης με αφορμή την ζωή της Οσίας Μαρίας της Αιγυπτίας παρουσιάζει την λυτρωτική της μετάνοια ως παράδειγμα ζωής για όλους εμας. Μακάρι να μας δώσει ο Θεός δύναμη ώστε να ακολουθήσουμε τα χνάρια της.

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Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt

Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt

This week, Fr. Steven Ritter looks at Hebrews 9:11-14 and Mark 10:32-45 as he continues his special Lenten series on the Sunday readings. The Epistle to the Hebrews 9:11-14 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made...

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