The Offspring of the Barren Woman

The Offspring of the Barren Woman

Archimandrite Varnavas Lambropoulos   Apart from the Nativity of Christ, our Church celebrates the birthday of only two other people: Our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God and the Honourable Forerunner, Saint John the Baptist. And it’s natural that the birthday of the latter should be honoured, since the...

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Welcoming the Witness to the Light: The Nativity of John the Forerunner

Welcoming the Witness to the Light: The Nativity of John the Forerunner

Roughly six months before we celebrate the nativity of Christ, our Church honors the coming of one of his most precious companions, the Glorious Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist. John’s conception in itself was miraculous, an event that could have never occurred in the absence of divine intervention. Born...

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Guide and Redeemer

Guide and Redeemer

‘Behold the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world (Jn. 1, 29) Yesterday, my beloved friends, the Twelve Days of Christmas came to an end. They last from Christmas to Epiphany, with the exception of the eve of Epiphany. After the Twelve Days, the first feast...

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Finding of the Head of John the Baptist

Finding of the Head of John the Baptist

February 24, 2016 Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15 Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 63.11,1 The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord. Verse: Oh God, hear my cry. Brethren, it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give...

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Nativity Devotion, January 7: It’s All About HIM!!!

Nativity Devotion, January 7: It’s All About HIM!!!

  The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks before me, for He was before me.”  John 1:29-30 (Gospel from...

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Daily Reading for January 7, 2016, John the Baptist

Daily Reading for January 7, 2016, John the Baptist

    Acts of the Apostles 19:1-8 Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 63.11,1 The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord. Oh God, hear my cry. In those days, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to...

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Daily Reading for January 6, 2016, Holy Theophany, Epiphany

Daily Reading for January 6, 2016, Holy Theophany, Epiphany

  St. Paul’s Letter to Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 Prokeimenon. Mode 4. Psalm 117.26,1 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercy endures forever. TITUS, my son, the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all...

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Humility Prepares the Way of Christ

Humility Prepares the Way of Christ

Be Transfigured – Humility Prepares the Way of Christ When the Holy Trinity was about to be revealed to the world, God did not send a king, a governor, or an emperor. He sent a man of incredible humility. John the Baptist expressed his humility by declaring, “There comes One...

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Daily Reading for January 3, 2016

Daily Reading for January 3, 2016

  St. Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy 4:5-8 Prokeimenon. Mode Plagal 2. Psalm 27.9,1 O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God. TIMOTHY, my son, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry....

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Oil from Icon Is a Sign of Saint’s Presence

Oil from Icon Is a Sign of Saint’s Presence

I don’t normally get my news from facebook, but recently a friend posted about a miracle icon in Homer Glen, Illinois and I was thrilled!  I called the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church right away and spoke with Fr. Sam (Sotirios) Dimitriou.  He said the oil has been on the icon...

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