The power of prayer and fasting (Mk. 9, 17-31)

The power of prayer and fasting (Mk. 9, 17-31)

As Christians, thoughtfully done prayers and fasts can help us realize our impact on the salvation of the world; Jesus has made it clear that believers can achieve anything they want.  In these times when the certainties and great world theories have all failed, it just may be time to...

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Who is Going to Step Forward?

Who is Going to Step Forward?

For Thy name’s sake do not give us up utterly, and do not break Thy covenant, and do not withdraw Thy mercy from us, for the sake of Abraham Thy beloved and for the sake of Isaac Thy servant and Israel Thy holy one, to whom Thou didst promise to make their...

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The Fulfilling of a Journey

The Fulfilling of a Journey

He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.  Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted....

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Will We Be Seekers?  Attendees?  Masters?

Will We Be Seekers?  Attendees?  Masters?

Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the Body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if He were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether He was...

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The Centurion Who Became a Saint

The Centurion Who Became a Saint

When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”  Matthew 27:54  (From the Gospel of Vespers on Good Friday Afternoon) Tuesday of the Sixth Week of...

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The Passover in the Old and New Testaments

The Passover in the Old and New Testaments

Since it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and...

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What Would Your Last Words Be?

What Would Your Last Words Be?

It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Thy hands I commit my spirit!”  Luke...

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The Establishment of the Church

The Establishment of the Church

When Jesus saw His Mother, and the Disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the Disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.  John 19: 26-27  (From the Gospel of the...

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Salvation is Possible Until the Very Last Moment, But Don’t Wait

Salvation is Possible Until the Very Last Moment, But Don’t Wait

One of the criminals who were hanged railed at Him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due...

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The Greatest Example of Forgiveness!

The Greatest Example of Forgiveness!

And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left.  And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”  Luke 23: 33-34  (From the Eighth Gospel of Holy...

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