The Resurrection in the Orthodox Church

The Resurrection in the Orthodox Church

Saint Justin Popovich In the Orthodox Church, the Resurrection is not merely the ‘feast of feasts’, but the all-embracing feast, which is the soul of all the others and is always present in them. In it we find all the divine and theanthropic powers of the Saviour, which crush every...

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Why was the stone rolled away from the entry to the tomb?

Why was the stone rolled away from the entry to the tomb?

Elder Epifanios Theodoropoulos   There can hardly be any Christian believer who doesn’t know that an angel descended from heaven and rolled away the stone from the entry to the tomb where the Creator of life lay dead, without breath. Very few, however really know why the stone was rolled...

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A brief journey through the events of Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection

A brief journey through the events of Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection

Fr. Michael Kardamakis   All of the events of Holy Week represent an attempt by man, in his freedom to love, to share in the sacrificial love of God, that is to say, the mystery of salvation, by following the rigorous spiritual discipline of the Church. This discipline does not...

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Recruiting Others is Part of the Deal

Recruiting Others is Part of the Deal

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that...

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He Works With Us Even When We Doubt

He Works With Us Even When We Doubt

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  And when they saw Him they worshiped Him; but some doubted.  Matthew 28:16-17.  Tuesday of the 6th Week of Pascha    Good morning Prayer Team! Christ is Risen! “Doubt” is a topic that comes...

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We Are All Called to Be Disciples and Apostles

We Are All Called to Be Disciples and Apostles

And Jesus said to the Disciples, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will...

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What is a Commission?

What is a Commission?

Then He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to...

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What is our faith but love for God?

What is our faith but love for God?

My daughter sang. Her voice was sweeter than honey, and a woman next to me smiled. After a time, my daughter grew pensive and snuggled against me. “I scared,” she said. I asked her why, told her there was nothing to be afraid of, but she insisted staring forward at...

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His Plans Don’t Necessarily Match Our Plans

His Plans Don’t Necessarily Match Our Plans

So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by His own authority.   Acts 1:6-7  (From the Epistle Lesson read...

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Grace and Truth Supersede the Law

Grace and Truth Supersede the Law

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  John 1:17  (From the Gospel at the Divine Liturgy on Pascha)  Friday of the 5th Week of Pascha   Good morning Prayer Team! Christ is Risen! I remember from my college days that I was a...

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