Theological and Historical Aspects of Lent

Theological and Historical Aspects of Lent

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios spoke to the staff and students of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology during the Annual Clean Monday Retreat. Listen as he addresses theological and historical perspectives of the Lenten Journey that awaits Orthodox Christians. This deep lesson of the larger soteriological issues...

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Daily Devotion, January 14: From the Book or from the Heart?

Daily Devotion, January 14: From the Book or from the Heart?

And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words.  Matthew 6:7   Good morning Prayer Team! Yesterday, I wrote about the elements of a good prayer.  And it may have left you with a...

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Chanting the Psalms at One of Romania’s Most Famous Monasteries

Chanting the Psalms at One of Romania’s Most Famous Monasteries

Putna Monastery is one of the most important religious, cultural, and artistic centers of medieval Moldavia, now a region of Romania. Founded by the famous prince St. Stephen the Great in the 15th century, the monastery houses St. Stephen’s tomb and some of the finest examples of late medieval Romanian...

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The Beauty of Orthodox Christian Faith

The Beauty of Orthodox Christian Faith

The Psalmist proclaims: “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him,” (Psalm 96:9). The beauty of holiness, and the awe we experience when standing before God, is evident in the YouTube video embedded above. My kids especially love the latter...

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How Do We Pray the Psalms?

How Do We Pray the Psalms?

How do we pray the Psalms? We should surely take our lead from the Holy Fathers of the Early Church and learn from their wisdom. Whilst researching the origins of the Jesus Prayer, I came across some fascinating insights in psalm-commentaries accredited to Fathers of the third, fourth and fifth...

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Slipping

Slipping

One psalm tells me, “He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber” (Psalm 121:3). That’s good news. Why do I feel like I’m slipping anyway? I write this post at 2:00 am, knowing that I need to get up for liturgy in 4...

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