Musings from a Grateful Convert: Christ’s Coming and a Conversation in Heaven

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Christ’s Coming and a Conversation in Heaven

The following is an imagined excerpt from a recently unearthed ancient manuscript found somewhere in Mesopotamia. The original was probably written in Ancient Hebremaic and has been dated between 2 and 6,000 BC. The really curious feature of the manuscript is that it appears to be written in a format...

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On the Dormition of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

On the Dormition of the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

August 28 marked the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, according to the Julian calendar. Most of the world’s autocephalous, or self-governing, Orthodox Churches celebrate the feast along with Roman Catholics and some Protestants on August 15th.  However, the majority of the world’s Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Christians celebrate...

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The Dormition of the Theotokos: Our Promise and Hope

The Dormition of the Theotokos: Our Promise and Hope

The Dormition of the Theotokos was not celebrated for the first five centuries of Christianity. There was silence regarding the holy mystery of the Mother of God’s “falling asleep”. In the beginning, God willed that the details of His mother’s death and glorified, or resurrected, state remain veiled from the...

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The Word became Flesh: the inexpressible mystery of salvation

The Word became Flesh: the inexpressible mystery of salvation

When God, the Son of God, entered the womb of All-Holy Virgin and took flesh from her, He was born a perfect person and perfect God, without confusion. When has anything more important ever happened for us? We all believe in this Son of God and Son of the ever-virgin...

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Mothering From the Womb: Embracing Early Mothering

Mothering From the Womb: Embracing Early Mothering

Presbytera Kelley Lawrence Share the love, joy, pain, healing, and whatever else it may bring It was a colorful, sunny, fall morning at the resort in Florida. The night before, I had enjoyed a dinner and reception for the conference I was in town to attend. It had been an...

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British testimony concerning the miracle of Our Lady in 1940

British testimony concerning the miracle of Our Lady in 1940

Supernatural Assistance (Michael Palairet, British Ambassador to Greece at the time of the war, in 1940) No. 306 From the British Embassy, Athens December 9, 1940. Dear Sir, In my letter No. 293 of 23 November, I mentioned the widely-held belief that the Greek Army enjoys the protection of Our...

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An Icon of Human Freedom (part 1)

An Icon of Human Freedom (part 1)

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia Am I not free? (1 Corinthians 9:1) God persuades, He does not compel; for violence is foreign to Him. (Epistle to Diognetus VII, 4) What Shall We Offer?  In an Orthodox hymn used at Vespers on Christmas Eve, the Virgin Mary is seen as the...

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Celebrating Mary, Orthodox Conference

Celebrating Mary, Orthodox Conference

Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary to host Orthodox Education Day Saturday, October 1, 2017. YONKERS, NY  Throughout the history of the Christian Church, the Virgin Mary has been the focus of unparalleled love and devotion and the subject of fervent prayer. In this light, the community of Saint Vladimir’s...

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