God’s Saving Mercy

God’s Saving Mercy

Abbot Tryphon We are not compelled to love God, having been created with free will. God does not, nor can He, compel His creatures to love Him. Mutual love requires, by it’s very nature, freedom to either respond in love, or not. Yet when we respond to God’s love with...

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Undeserved Mercy

Undeserved Mercy

  In his recent article on the Ladder, the blog of the Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, Christian Gonzalez puts the Gospel lesson of the Canaanite Woman in a new light. A lesson of humility He recounts the story of how he...

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A Song for Mercy 

A Song for Mercy 

  It was in a simple church beneath a red mesa where my heart was softened to the tune of Have Mercy on Us – an old Christian Orthodox hymn sung every morning during Lent by monks at the Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael in Cañones, New Mexico. Though there were...

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Daily Devotion: By God’s Grace

Daily Devotion: By God’s Grace

Help me, O Lord my God! Save me according to thy steadfast love. Psalm 109:26   Good morning Prayer Team!  Help us, save us, have mercy upon us, and protect us, O God, by Your grace.  Concluding this opening set of petitions is a prayer that will be heard several times...

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Daily Devotion: Sunday, August 16

Daily Devotion: Sunday, August 16

Have mercy on us o Lord, have mercy on us, for we have had more than enough of contempt.   Psalm 123:3 Good morning, Prayer Team! Lord have mercy. The ending of prayer is the word “Amen,” which means “may it be so.”  “Petitions” are part of an extended “prayer.” ...

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When We Find Ourselves on the Floor

When We Find Ourselves on the Floor

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your merciful love. -Psalm 50:1 This psalm appears again and again in our worship, throughout the cycle of daily services, and in private prayer. Even when I hear just one line, the whole psalm comes flooding through my mind, along with the...

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Σπλάχνα οικτηρμών

Σπλάχνα οικτηρμών

“Οσοι θέλουμε να πορευόμαστε στην ορθή ευαγγελική οδό πρέπει να αναλογιστούμε τον τρόπο της αντιμετώπισης του φαινομένου της αμαρτίας και των αμαρτωλών. Αυτός ο τρόπος βρίσκεται μέσα μας. Έτσι θα αποκτήσουμε σπλάχνα οικτηρμών για τους συναθρώπους μας και θα βιώνουμε την αληθινή αγάπη που είναι ο ίδιος ο Χριστός” _____________________________________________...

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Hate to Admit It, But I Procrastinate, too!

Hate to Admit It, But I Procrastinate, too!

The newest best friend of everyone today, especially college students, is procrastination. I usually try to do everything on time. Typically, I am that one student that has her research paper done one month before the due date, but, sometimes, even I slip up. This semester, I just kept putting...

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School’s Out!

School’s Out!

“God never gives us more than we can handle.” “God’s testing me, or you, or us.” “What lesson is God trying to teach me through this awful thing?” “It’s God’s will.” I hear those phrases so often, and every time I do, I want to shake the person offering them...

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¿Qué es la Oración?

¿Qué es la Oración?

En este episodio de Vengan a Recibir la Luz, los presentadores Padre Aristidis Arizi y Padre David Wooten abordan la pregunta “¿Qué es la Oración?” La oración “Dame Este Perigrino” y el himno “Levántate, oh Dios,” ambos del coro de la Catedral San Jorge en la Ciudad de México, siguen...

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