Patron Saints and Welcoming the Holy Spirit

Patron Saints and Welcoming the Holy Spirit

Be Transfigured – Patron Saints and Welcoming the Holy Spirit This week there are two questions in our “Ask Father” series. Our first question, “Why are some Patron Saints more popular and more recognized than others?” explains why some names are more popular than others in the Church. The tradition...

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Father Paisios of the Holy Mountain

Father Paisios of the Holy Mountain

Arsenios Eznepidis was born to pious parents in the town of Farasa, Cappadocia of Asia Minor on July 25,1924. Arsenios’ name was given to him by Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian, who baptized him, named him after himself, and predicted Arsenios’ future as a monastic. Soon after his baptism, the family...

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Will the Real St. Valentine Please Stand Up? 

Will the Real St. Valentine Please Stand Up? 

Cancel your plans for February 14! As many of us prepare to celebrate Valentine’s day, I thought it would be nice to explore a little bit of the day’s history. As we might expect from our experience with Christmas, the celebration of this secularized holiday bears very little resemblance to...

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Listen to the Daily Reading for the Life of Saint Theodora

Listen to the Daily Reading for the Life of Saint Theodora

  EPISTLE READING, Saint Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6 Prokeimenon. Mode 4. Psalm 18.4,1 Their voice has gone out into all the earth.  Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God. Brethren, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God,...

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Listen to the Daily Reading, Saint Agatha the Martyr

Listen to the Daily Reading, Saint Agatha the Martyr

  February 5, 2016 EPISTLE READING Saint James’ Universal Letter 2:1-13 Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 98.9,1 Exalt the Lord our God. Verse: The Lord reigns; let the people tremble. Brethren, show no partiality as you hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a...

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Listen to the Daily Reading,  Saint Isidore of Pelusium

Listen to the Daily Reading,  Saint Isidore of Pelusium

Daily Reading for February 4, 2016 EPISTLE READING Saint James’ Universal Letter 1:19-27 Prokeimenon. Mode 4. Psalm 18.4,1 Their voice has gone out into all the earth. Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God. My beloved brethren, let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to...

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Why We Celebrate Three Hierarchs

Why We Celebrate Three Hierarchs

St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom – the three Holy Hierarchs. We celebrate their feast day today, the 30th of January, but why? Each of them has their own day, when we celebrate their lives and contributions to our Orthodox faith. But what did...

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Daily Reading for December 9, 2015

Daily Reading for December 9, 2015

  St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 4:22-27 Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 63.11,1 The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord. Verse: Oh God, hear my cry. BRETHREN, Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to...

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Daily Reading for December 8, 2015

Daily Reading for December 8, 2015

  St. Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy 3:16-17; 4:1-4 Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 63.11,1 The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord. Verse: Oh God, hear my cry. TIMOTHY, my son, all scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the...

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Daily Reading for December 3, 2015

Daily Reading for December 3, 2015

  St. Paul’s First Letter to Timothy 6:17-21 Prokeimenon. Mode 4. Psalm 18.4,1 Their voice has gone out into all the earth. Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God. TIMOTHY, my son, charge the rich in this world not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches...

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