The Gospel of Matthew, Part 1

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 1

Fr. Chris offers the first in a series of classes on the Gospel of Matthew. In preparation for this class, he asked his parish to read the 29th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. Find out whether they did – and why. This class also addresses the common criticism that...

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Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year

Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year

Streamed live on Sep 1, 2013 It should be noted that to the present day, the Church has always celebrated the beginning of the New Year on September 1. This was the custom in Constantinople until its fall in 1493 and in Russia until the reign of Peter I. September...

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Ninth Sunday of Matthew

Ninth Sunday of Matthew

Streamed live on Aug 25, 2013 The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise, but the Lord’s testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner; for thou hast proved to be truly even more venerable than the Prophets, since thou was granted to baptize in the running waters...

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Seventh Sunday of Matthew

Seventh Sunday of Matthew

Streamed live on Aug 11, 2013 With what lips shall we, poor and worthless, call the Theotokos blessed? She is more honored then the creation, and more holy than the cherubim and all the angels. She is the unshaken Throne of the King, the Abode in which the Most High has...

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Fifth Sunday of Matthew

Fifth Sunday of Matthew

This Saint, who had Nicomedia as his homeland, was the son of Eustorgius and Eubula. His father was an idolater, but his mother was a Christian from her ancestors. It was through her that he was instructed in piety, and still later, he was catechized in the Faith of Christ...

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Fourth Sunday of Matthew

Fourth Sunday of Matthew

The incarnate Angel, the Cornerstone of the Prophets, the second Forerunner of the Coming of Christ, the glorious Elias (Elijah), who from above, sent down to Elisha the grace to dispel sickness and cleanse lepers, abounds therefore in healing for those who honor him. *Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone, July...

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Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Sunday of the Holy Fathers

The highest authority within the Church itself is the Ecumenical Council. During the early period of the Christian Church, many councils were held to establish once and for all the basic beliefs of the Christian Church. Hundreds of Church Fathers gathered in many placed during a four-century period to settle...

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Second Sunday of Matthew

Second Sunday of Matthew

He said to Peter and Andrew, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men… And from the place whence they were called, and from many things, one may perceive this: such as their ready obedience and abandonment of all. For now they were instructed beforehand… But mark both...

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Holy Pentecost

Holy Pentecost

Streamed live on Jun 23, 2013 When the Most High came down and confounded tongues of men (Babel), He divided the Nations. When He dispensed the Tongues of Fire, He called all to unity, and with one voice we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. *Kontakion in the Plagal of the...

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Video: Pentecost Tongues of Flame Craft

Video: Pentecost Tongues of Flame Craft

Pentecost: this is one of my parish’s patronal feast days, so it’s a pretty big deal for us, and I love celebrating it. One of my biggest pet peeves of Pentecost, though, is the misunderstanding of “speaking in tongues” that is promulgated by some Protestant denominations. It does not mean...

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Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday

Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday

Broadcast of Divine Liturgy at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on May 19, 2013, Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday.

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Resurrection Service and Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Resurrection Service and Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

On the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha, Orthodox Christians celebrate the life-giving Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This feast of feasts is the most significant day in the life of the Church. It is a celebration of the defeat of death, as neither death itself nor...

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