The Joy of the Annunciation

The Joy of the Annunciation

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   The Feast of the Annunciation lends a pre-Paschal feeling to Great Lent, during which it always falls. The atmosphere of compunction recedes and gives way to the joy of the great feast. This is why we have a dispensation to eat fish. The hymns, the celebrations...

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She’ll bring you joy

She’ll bring you joy

Abbess Makrina, Holy Monastery of Our Lady the Guide, Portaria   When you can’t sleep and various thoughts keep bothering you, say the prayer ‘Rejoice, Virgin Mother of God…’ continuously. Sleep will come and Our Lady will give you great joy. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK...

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A leap of joy

A leap of joy

Saint Amphilochios Makris   Cultivate the Jesus prayer and the time will come when your heart will leap for joy, as it does when you’re about to meet someone dear to you. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official...

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A Posture of Joy

A Posture of Joy

I’ve been surprised by something recently that I shouldn’t have been surprised by: joy isn’t a by-product of happiness. In December on the Feast of St. Stephen, I married the most wonderful man I’ve ever known, who loves me in a deeper and more beautiful way than I ever even...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Knowing Joy

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Knowing Joy

God is everywhere, present in every place, and therefore that He is ever with me and within me, my heart expands; it is free, light, alive, and my mind is clear – I am in a joyful state.” (St. John of Krondstadt) As I write this blog, it is bright...

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The Joy of Palm Sunday

The Joy of Palm Sunday

REJOICE ALWAYS – Palm Sunday  A number of years ago during the years of communism, a certain old Romanian priest would never greet anyone with the typical “Hello” or “Good Morning”.  Instead, he greeted anyone he met with a radiant smile and the words “Rejoice always!”  Now this may seem like...

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Living in His Likeness

Living in His Likeness

There are moments in my spiritual walk when I am blessed to behold the beauty of God in a person or persons. For me the moments are few and far between, and when they do happen, I find myself feeling like St. Peter when he beheld the Transfigured Lord on...

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Intensity, Freedom, and Joy — A Lenten Message

Intensity, Freedom, and Joy — A Lenten Message

”THE DIVINE SERVICES OF THE CHURCH are words in which we converse and speak to God with our worship and with our love. The hours spent closest to Paradise are the hours spent in the church together with all our brethren when we celebrate the Divine Liturgy, when we sing...

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The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 3

The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 3

Joy of Liturgy When we gather together for the sacrament of the Eucharist, it is not yet the feast in the Father’s house, it is not yet the fulfillment of everything. Thus, we pray in the Liturgy that we may partake of God “more fully in the unwaning day” of...

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Remembering the GOOD as we Journey through Life

Remembering the GOOD as we Journey through Life

In this second of a two-part sermon series, Fr. Nicholas Louh continues his exploration in focusing on what is GOOD, continuing with our overall walk and journey through our lives. We are constantly beset by situations which are out of our control. We are surrounded by stresses and demands on...

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