Accepting Christ’s Adoration: Look, Listen, and Be Loved!

Accepting Christ’s Adoration: Look, Listen, and Be Loved!

The Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Gene Weingarten, wrote a piece awhile ago about a street performer playing a violin at the top of the escalator outside the L’Enfant Plaza metro station in Washington, DC. He played some of the most inspiring classical music ever written, and the rushing...

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Joseph: The Unsung Hero of the Nativity

Joseph: The Unsung Hero of the Nativity

It is most agreed upon that other than Christ himself, the Theotokos is the most important person in the Nativity story. There is however another important person in this story that doesn’t always get the credit (I personally feel) he deserves. If the title didn’t give it away, the person...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: Christ’s Coming and a Conversation in Heaven

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Christ’s Coming and a Conversation in Heaven

The following is an imagined excerpt from a recently unearthed ancient manuscript found somewhere in Mesopotamia. The original was probably written in Ancient Hebremaic and has been dated between 2 and 6,000 BC. The really curious feature of the manuscript is that it appears to be written in a format...

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Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

The Nativity Fast has begun, and Christmas is just around the corner. Trees are soon to be decorated. Children around the world will make lists, check them twice and anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus. However, parents beware! Jolly old St. Nick served time in prison. I’m not kidding!...

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Christmas, Martyrdom and Liturgy

Christmas, Martyrdom and Liturgy

The relationship between Christmas, Martyrdom, and Liturgy might seem as a stretch at first, but in light of the recent bombing at St. Peter’s Church in Cairo, one may begin to draw a connection between the icon of the Feast Day and martyrdom. In the Christmas icon, the iconographer has...

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Celebrating the Theotokos Throughout the Calendar Year

Celebrating the Theotokos Throughout the Calendar Year

When I was growing up, I never really gave Mary, the mother of Jesus, much thought, except at Christmas. We were a church-going family, and our church did the whole Sunday School Christmas play thing. That’s when Mary came front and centre. Who would play her? She was, after all,...

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Archangel Gabriel and the Birth of Christ

Archangel Gabriel and the Birth of Christ

No angel figures more prominently in the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ than the Archangel Gabriel. The name Gabriel in Hebrew means “Man of God”. It has also been translated as the “Strength/Power of God”. This archangel has also been called the leader of the heavenly hosts. Gabriel was...

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Christmas and the Celebration of Life

Christmas and the Celebration of Life

Is there a more thrilling time of year than Advent? It always seems a little easier to smile during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. There’s more music in the air, more light in the heart. Growing up as a fairly typical American kid, Christmas was just as much...

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True Fasting Means Loosing the Bonds of Injustice

True Fasting Means Loosing the Bonds of Injustice

It is a great blessing to be provided ecclesiastical occasions in which we can delve deeper into our Orthodoxy Christian spirituality.  This time of the year we experience the Nativity Fast, and not only the fast but the pure starting ground it provides us for spiritual work.  “Fasting isn’t an...

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