And God “Rested”

And God “Rested”

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light” and there was light....

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Condemned by a tree, Saved by the Tree

Condemned by a tree, Saved by the Tree

When Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, “It is finished”; and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.  John 19:30  (Gospel of the Ninth Hour on Good Friday Morning) Great and Holy Friday    Good morning Prayer Team! In Genesis, we read that God created the world in...

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Our Life is Hidden with Christ in God

Our Life is Hidden with Christ in God

When we consider the hymns and readings of these initial days of Holy Week, we see that we are not just encountering the suffering and resurrected Christ, but the end of history itself and the end of the ages, when the Divine Bridegroom will return, and when the Bridal Chamber—which...

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Behold the Bridegroom

Behold the Bridegroom

This evening I would like to offer a few thoughts and reflections on the hymn, which is so characteristic of these first days of Holy Week, “Behold the Bridegroom is Coming.” This hymn is directly inspired by the Parable of the Ten Virgins in the Gospel of Matthew, and virtually...

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Sermon for the Beginning of Holy Week  and the Raising of Lazarus

Sermon for the Beginning of Holy Week and the Raising of Lazarus

By the grace of God, we have completed the Fast, and have now set our foot on the bridge leading from Great Lent to Holy Week. Holy Week is called “Holy and Great Week,” or simply “Great Week” (Μεγάλη Ἑβδομάς), and is “great,” in the words of St. John Chrysostom,...

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Do THIS in REMEMBRANCE of Me

Do THIS in REMEMBRANCE of Me

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”...

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Holy Unction and Our Need For Spiritual Cleansing

Holy Unction and Our Need For Spiritual Cleansing

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside His garments, and girded Himself with a towel.  Then He poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’...

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Wise or Foolish, Which are You?

Wise or Foolish, Which are You?

Jesus said, “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of...

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Stop Living an Old Testament Christianity

Stop Living an Old Testament Christianity

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.  Matthew 23:23  (From the Gospel of the Bridegroom Service on Holy...

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Are Easter Candles Superficial and Materialistic?

Are Easter Candles Superficial and Materialistic?

  A Tradition For Children and Their God-Parents It is tradition for Godparents to give their children an Easter Candle to take to Church for the Saturday night service. Plain white candles can be purchased for a donation from the Church, however many people purchase candles online or from local...

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