Coronavirus Creates Concerns for Christians

Coronavirus Creates Concerns for Christians

Christians worldwide are now in Great Lent and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) creates challenges and concerns. We have received many inquires on how to approach church services and Communion. How often should we take Holy Communion? “The Church has faced such challenges in the past – even devastating plagues. Today, we...

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‘Disembodied Existence and the Abstracted Other: Communion and Relationship in the Age of Social Media’

‘Disembodied Existence and the Abstracted Other: Communion and Relationship in the Age of Social Media’

Watch Fr. Demetrios Harper’s speech at the 2nd International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care DMOPC18 which took place from 18th-21st June 2018 at the Orthodox Academy of Crete, organized under the High Auspices of His All Holliness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX...

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Christian Unity and Individualism in the Modern Society

Christian Unity and Individualism in the Modern Society

We went from being a communal society to becoming an individualistic society. The art of listening and the art of conversation are soon becoming obsolete with the invention of newer technologies which divide rather than unite. Gradually we are becoming isolated from one another. Who are we, what have become,...

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Six Reasons to Receive Holy Communion

Six Reasons to Receive Holy Communion

You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on your hearts, to be known and read by all men; and you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but...

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Communion is the Center of Life

Communion is the Center of Life

Be Transfigured – Communion is the Center of Life When it comes to Holy Communion, there are many different opinions about how often, when, how and is what spiritual condition we should receive. This week’s “Ask Father” sermon returns again to topic of Holy Communion, this time more with a...

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Daily Devotion, January 11: Let’s Start Again

Daily Devotion, January 11: Let’s Start Again

They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles.  Isaiah 40:31   Good morning Prayer Team! When the prayer team reflections started nearly a year ago, the goal was to get people to pray more.  The Advent series we just completed...

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The Children’s Word: Prepare the way of the Lord!

The Children’s Word: Prepare the way of the Lord!

What do you do when you get up every morning? When you have school, how do you get ready to go? What do you do first? You probably have a little routine. Maybe you get dressed, have some breakfast, brush your teeth, and so on (but maybe in a different...

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Sunday’s Gospel: Christ Brings Wholeness – November 8, 2015

Sunday’s Gospel: Christ Brings Wholeness – November 8, 2015

In this episode of Good News for a Change, Fr. Constantine Lazarakis shares thoughts on the Gospel. We first learn about a woman who has been burdened with an illness her whole life. And then we learn about the death of a child. In each case, contact with Christ brings wholeness....

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The Eucharist: Its Meaning and Place in Our Salvation

The Eucharist: Its Meaning and Place in Our Salvation

The earliest title of the main Sunday service of the Christian Church is “the Eucharist”, from the Greek word eucharisteo, meaning, “to give thanks.” As early as about the middle of the second century, Justin the Philosopher (later known as “Justin Martyr”) wrote that the bread and wine which the...

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Conclusion:  “The Doors! The Doors!  In Wisdom Let Us Attend”

Conclusion: “The Doors! The Doors! In Wisdom Let Us Attend”

In our modern Orthodox Liturgy, the Creed is prefaced by a diaconal word of command. That is, just before the Creed is chanted or sung, the deacon cries out, “The doors! The doors!” and only after this does he invite the faithful to join in reciting the Creed by saying,...

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