Reclaiming the Sabbath

Reclaiming the Sabbath

At the beginning of September, we celebrate Labor Day. From the earliest days of the Church, work has always occupied a central place in the life of the Christian. St. Clement of Alexandria, writing in the early years of the third century, reminded new converts that there was no need...

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Five Ways to Stay Connected to Christ During the School Year

Five Ways to Stay Connected to Christ During the School Year

Even though we all strive to be like Jesus, not everyone always has a starring role. As your kids head back to school and schedules get more chaotic, take time to remind them that Christ is at the center of all that we do. To honor Him and his example...

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Faith and Putting First Things First

Faith and Putting First Things First

One of the greatest temptations facing the Christian church today is the tendency to mistake religion for faith. The distinguished Orthodox theologian Christos Yannaras writes: “The greatest problem of Christians – and even of the Orthodox – is that they have ‘religionized’ Christianity and have turned the Church into a...

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Orthodox College Students: Turning the World Upside Down

Orthodox College Students: Turning the World Upside Down

For forty days from the middle of August through the end of September, Orthodox Christians across the country focus on the lives of college students. As students settle on campus for another academic year, it is certain that they will encounter a world full of questions about the very meaning...

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Guided by the Mother of God

Guided by the Mother of God

The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God holds a place in my life and in my heart that will take me a lifetime to unpack. It has touched me personally on three significant occasions in my ministry. As an Episcopalian, a newly ordained deacon, actually, I had...

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The Theotokos as an Example of Holiness

The Theotokos as an Example of Holiness

St. Mary, the mother of God the, the pure virgin, all holy virgin, and the pride of our race are all names we give the Theotokos to describe her purity and love for God. When we hear these titles, we expect them to come from someone who grew up in...

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The Grand Duchess Maria Romanov and the Prayers of the Saints

The Grand Duchess Maria Romanov and the Prayers of the Saints

A few weeks ago, on July 17, Orthodox Christians in Russia and throughout the world observed the 100-year anniversary of the assassination of Tsar Nicholas and his family. A procession was held, starting from the Church on the Blood in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, the place where the Romanovs...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Holy Theotokos and the Sacrifice and Love of Mothers

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Holy Theotokos and the Sacrifice and Love of Mothers

“Commemorating our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with all the saints, let us commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.” We have entered into the time of the Dormition Fast, one of the holiest times of the...

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Being Like Mary

Being Like Mary

In this day and age, it can be hard to live a life of honesty and kindness. It is for this purpose that I love the Virgin Mary and the example she sets for us. We are human and make mistakes. Upsetting other people, doing dishonest things, and behaving in...

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Man and Woman Reflected in the Original Meaning of Creation: Part 3

Man and Woman Reflected in the Original Meaning of Creation: Part 3

The Passions And The Justification Of Sin Fr. Dumitru Staniloae asserts that at the foundation of passions are natural affects and instincts that initially support life. “In this animal characteristics we find both their lack of guilt and their inferiority, because just like the animals are not guilty of the...

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10 Ways for Young People to Stay Spiritually Engaged During Summer

10 Ways for Young People to Stay Spiritually Engaged During Summer

We all know it can be hard to do stay spiritually engaged with our faith when we just want to be outside enjoying the sun and relaxing. However, as your parish priest probably tells you every summer, God never takes a vacation. Here are 10 easy ways for young people...

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Navigating Youth Engagement in Digital Media

Navigating Youth Engagement in Digital Media

This was delivered at The International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care organized under the High Auspices of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Orthodox Academy of Crete, Greece  Navigating Youth Engagement In Digital Media Where are they? Where is my generation? Why aren’t they sitting next to us in...

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