Discourse on the Holy Spirit, that is, on Pentecost

Discourse on the Holy Spirit, that is, on Pentecost

Saint Gregory of Nyssa David always gives the most joyful meaning to feasts, tuning his dulcet harp to the requirements of the festival. So let this same prophet delight us on the great feast of Pentecost, too, picking out the melody of wisdom on the strings, through the power of...

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‘Your good Spirit’, tone 1

‘Your good Spirit’, tone 1

A choir of chanters under the direction of the Archon Protopsaltis of the Great Church of Christ, Panayiotis Neohoritis, interprets the Communion Hymn for Pentecost ‘Your good Spirit’ in tone 1. The concert took place within the context of an event entitled ‘Petros the Byzantine, Protopsaltis of the Great Church...

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Sunday of Pentecost

Sunday of Pentecost

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes After fifty days from our Lord’s glorious Resurrection our Holy Orthodox Church celebrates Pentecost. This feast day is very important for all mankind and Christians, because it is the birthday of our Church. It is the day on which the Church, the Body of Christ, begins...

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The Coming of the Holy Spirit

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

Watch Now as Dr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald speaks of the descent of Holy Spirit at the Feast of Pentecost, following the Feast of Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What does this event mean for Christians growing in communion with God? Dr. Kyriaki is the Co-founder of St....

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Daily Devotion, January 19: To Stand, or Sit, or Kneel, That is the Question

Daily Devotion, January 19: To Stand, or Sit, or Kneel, That is the Question

And a leper came to Jesus beseeching Him, and kneeling said to Him, “If You will, You can make me clean.”  Mark 1:40   Good morning Prayer Team! Continuing our series on prayer, how to pray and why it is important to pray, today’s topic addresses the posture of prayer. ...

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Daily Devotion: Peace From Above

Daily Devotion: Peace From Above

For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Romans 14:17 Good morning, Prayer Team! For the peace from Above and the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord. The first petition of the Divine Liturgy...

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Precious in the Sight of the Lord

Precious in the Sight of the Lord

My eight-year-old son and his best friend debated whether God chooses “us” or we choose Him. My son was adamant with a simple yet meaningful point: God wouldn’t just kick us down, he continued to say to his friend, drawing me in with, Right, Mom? I left the dishes in...

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Fragmentation, Unity, and the Holy Spirit

Fragmentation, Unity, and the Holy Spirit

 This is a revised version of a talk given at a clergy retreat sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver (February 11, 2015). I am thankful to His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah and to his clergy for their support and hospitality. We live in a culture of organized distractions. We...

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Peace from Above

Peace from Above

Each Sunday, at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, we pray for “peace from above, and the salvation of our souls.” But what exactly are we asking for? What is the peace we prayerfully ask to be granted? Many times we think may be tempted to think that our peace...

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Traditionalism vs. Tradition

Traditionalism vs. Tradition

The late great scholar Jaroslav Pelikan once observed: “Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And, I suppose I should add, it is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.” In Orthodox Christianity, to which the former Lutheran scholar Pelikan...

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