For the Child: The House Blessing

For the Child: The House Blessing

Jane G. Meyer   It’s early February. The nights are long, but daylight is beginning to lengthen—slowly, steadily. During this part of the year, our parish priests are on the move, and have been, since January, blessing homes from one end of town to the other. And tonight it’s our...

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Encomium to the Holy Martyr Pelagia – 2

Encomium to the Holy Martyr Pelagia – 2

Saint John Chrysostom   Just think what a great thing it would have been for the judge to be sitting on his bench, the executioners at the ready, the torture chambers prepared, the crowd gathered, the soldiers waiting and all of them drunk with pleasure in the hope of seeing...

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Encomium to the Holy Martyr Pelagia – 1

Encomium to the Holy Martyr Pelagia – 1

Saint John Chrysostom   Blessed be our God: because women, too, now mock death, and maidens laugh at it, as do virgins, and, indeed, very young girls who have not known marriage dance on the barbs of Hell without suffering in the least. All these good things have been granted...

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Saint John The Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist

Saint John The Theologian, Apostle and Evangelist

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich   John was a son of Zebedee, a fisherman, and Salome, the daughter of Joseph, the Betrothed of Our Most Holy Lady, the Mother of God. When the Lord Jesus called him, John immediately left his father and their nets and, together with his brother, James, followed...

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On the Sunday of the Paralytic

On the Sunday of the Paralytic

Fr. Andrew Phillips   In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Today’s Gospel of the healing of the paralytic raises a number of questions. The first perhaps is: Where does illness come from? The answer to this question is contained within the...

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The Theology of Gender – 9. St. Basil the Great

The Theology of Gender – 9. St. Basil the Great

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   St. Basil the Great was indeed a great figure in the history of Christianity, a charismatic hierarch with significant contribution in various areas. With concern to our topic, we will examine the pastoral and canonical aspects of his multifarious work. The most important characteristic of his personality...

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‘The Angel cried aloud’, slow, short melody, tone 1

‘The Angel cried aloud’, slow, short melody, tone 1

Grigorios Daravanoglou sings ‘The Angel cried aloud ‘ in tone 1. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK  The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned by SCOBA to create a national, sustainable,...

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‘I do not seek my own will, but that of the father who sent me’

‘I do not seek my own will, but that of the father who sent me’

Metropolitan Amfilhije (Radović) of Montenegro and the Littoral   The relationship is expressed in Christ’s words: ‘I do not seek my own will…’ (Jn. 5, 30). Herein also lies, in actual fact, the meaning behind why we follow the Holy Fathers: it is precisely the humble entrusting of ‘ourselves and...

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Do not touch Me (Jn. 20, 17)

Do not touch Me (Jn. 20, 17)

Archimandrite Antonios Romaios   Given the time and place where Christ spoke these words to her, Saint Mary Magdalene might be viewed as a symbol of those ‘Church’ people who, on a spiritual level, have enjoyed many heart-warming and fruitful encounters with the Lord in His Church, but who, in...

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The Theology of Gender – 8. St. John Chrysostom

The Theology of Gender – 8. St. John Chrysostom

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   Throughout the history of Christianity many voices from the Church rose to protest the established order of society. It is obvious in the patristic writings that the Fathers many times tried to defend the equality of man and woman, demonstrating that discrimination was a problem at all...

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Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

Saint John Chrysostom   One of the most striking features of Christianity is that it is not culture-based. Judaism is Jewish, the Olympian gods were Greek, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism are Indian, Taoism Chinese, Shintoism Japanese and so on. Whatever it may have become later, through acculturation into various societies,...

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The Greatest Form of Knowledge

The Greatest Form of Knowledge

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   The ability to forgive others depends on how honest we are with ourselves. ‘The greatest form of knowledge to which you can attain’, says Saint Clement the Alexandrian, ‘is to know yourself’. If you know yourself, you know nature, the limits and the possibilities...

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