With Faith and Love, Draw Near

With Faith and Love, Draw Near

I have a head problem. I can’t get out of it. Unfortunately, a large part of my journey to Orthodoxy was through my head. In fact, most of my religious life and formation have been deliberated through the school. Puzzles of logic and theological formulas were my specialties. Unwraveling the...

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Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday

Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday

The Savior has come today to the city of Jerusalem, to fulfill the Scriptures; and all have taken palms into their hands and spread their garments before Him, knowing that He is our God, to whom the cherubim sing without ceasing; Hosanna in the highest. Blessed are You who shows...

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Fifth Sunday of Lent – Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt

O Christ, the power of your Cross has worked wonders for Mary of Egypt; she had been a harlot and has now become an example and ideal of ascetic life. Casting off the weakness of nature, she has bravely fought Satan. Now, as a saint in heaven, she has obtained...

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Sunday of St. John Climacus

Sunday of St. John Climacus

O John our father, saint of God, you were revealed as a citizen of the desert, as an angel in a body and a worker of miracles. Through fasting, prayer and vigils you have received heavenly gifts of grace, and have healed the sick and the souls of those who...

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Sunday of the Holy Cross

Sunday of the Holy Cross

This is the day of the veneration of the Precious Cross. Now it is placed before us and shines with the brightness of Christ’s Resurrection. Let us all draw near and kiss it with great rejoicing in our souls. Let heaven and earth give praise with one accord, for the...

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Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas

Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas

The season of the virtues now has come, and the Judge is at the door. Let us not hold back with darkened face, but let us keep the Fast, offering tears, contrition and almsgiving; and let us cry: our sins are more in number than the sand of the sea;...

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Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday of Orthodoxy

A feast of joy and gladness is revealed to us today! For the teachings of the true Faith shine forth in all their glory, and the Church of Christ is bright with splendor, adorned with the holy Icons which now have been restored; and God has granted to the faithful...

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Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)

Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare)

Before we enter the Lenten fast, we are reminded that there can be no true fast, no genuine repentance, no reconciliation with God, unless we are at the same time reconciled with one another. A fast without mutual love is the fast of demons.. We do not travel the road...

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Judgment Sunday (Meat-fare)

Judgment Sunday (Meat-fare)

“It is the aim of the holy Fathers, through bringing to mind that fearful day, to rouse us from the slumber of carelessness unto the work of virtue, and to move us to love and compassion for our brethren. Besides this, even as on the coming Sunday of Cheese-fare we...

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Seventeenth Sunday of Luke: The Prodigal Son

Seventeenth Sunday of Luke: The Prodigal Son

Our purpose, O people, is to know the power of God’s goodness, for when the prodigal abandoned his sin, he hastened to the refuge of his Father. That Good One embraced him and welcomed him. He killed the fatted calf and celebrated with heavenly joy. Let us learn from this...

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