The Paralytic: Hope, Healing, and Heralding

The Paralytic: Hope, Healing, and Heralding

On the third Sunday after Holy Pascha we hear the story of Jesus healing the Paralytic at Bethsaida (John 5:1-15). This passage is taken from what Biblical scholars have designated as “The Book of Signs,” i.e. John 1:19 through John 12. It precedes “The Book of Glory,” which deals with Christ’s Paschal Mystery...

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Again, on sorrows and patience

Again, on sorrows and patience

Saint Dimitri of Rostov   Patience in trials is a sure way of uniting ourselves to God. Complaining separates us from God, so patience forges our union with Him. So if you suffer all your trials with patience and gratitude, for His sake, He will reward you with eternal bliss....

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Nativity Devotion, January 5: Live Right!

Nativity Devotion, January 5: Live Right!

For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions and to live sober, upright and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.  Titus...

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Absent for good reason

Absent for good reason

Lord, I heard Your celebrant today praying for our brothers and sisters ‘who are absent for good reason’. And they stuck in my mind. I want to find them, to discover them and then send up fervent supplications for them. Who are they, Lord? Who are they who are far...

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