Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church

Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church

Dear brothers and sisters, I address now the entire Fullness of our Church, all the peoples of historical Rus. There can be nothing more important for us today than the continuing fratricide which rages on the territory of the Ukraine, taking away ever more lives. What is happening today, primarily...

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Deliver Me From Idle Words

Deliver Me From Idle Words

Tremendous power lies hidden in the smallness of a single word. Seemingly insignficant, a word holds within itself the power to encourage or to unleash the demon of despair. All of creation came into being by the Word. It seems God’s creative example holds within itself the greatest model for...

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Saint John of Damascus: Transfiguration and Prayer

Saint John of Damascus: Transfiguration and Prayer

On Turning to the Fathers, noted scholar Fr. John McGuckin discusses St. John of Damascus, a powerful apologist for Icons in the face of the Iconoclast heresy. Many of St. John’s teachings focused on the Transfiguration of Christ, and he refers to that in the text on prayer that Fr....

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Abba Anthony on the Three Wars

Abba Anthony on the Three Wars

Abba Anthony, also known as Saint Anthony the Great, said, “Whoever sits in solitude and is quiet has escaped from three wars: the war of hearing, the war of speaking, the war of seeing. Then there is only one war left to fight. That is the battle for your own...

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Join Pope Francis for Vatican Prayer Summit

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Join Pope Francis for Vatican Prayer Summit

NEW YORK – His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox Christian faithful worldwide, will join Pope Francis at the Vatican for a prayer summit on the evening of June 8, 2014 in an intensive spiritually-focused initiative for Middle East peace process. Together with the Pope...

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Monastic Prayers and Sleep

Monastic Prayers and Sleep

From an NPR program: One particularly fascinating sleep fact that Randall reports is that the sleep rhythms of the human brain have fundamentally changed over the centuries. Medieval literary texts, medical manuscripts and tales make reference to a mysterious “first sleep” and “second sleep.” The “first sleep” began shortly after...

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Handwork

Handwork

In the beginning, God created out of nothing. And those created in His Image, He planted deeply within them the desire to create beauty out of His gifts. A priest once told me that God gave us this gift of creativity so that we would always have a way to...

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War, PTSD, and the Devil

War, PTSD, and the Devil

As many of you already know, I work at a VA Medical Center that is mainly a psychiatric facility. As a result, we see many people with PTSD. There are many veterans there who touch my heart. There is one veteran who always thanks me for the work I do....

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Lord Have Mercy

Lord Have Mercy

Please join in praying for the people of Ukraine during this time of suffering. Psalm 143:1–12 1 Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! 2 Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 15

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 15

The Gospel of Matthew Matt 7:1-12: On Judging; God’s Answering of Prayer Opening thoughts and basis for discussion How easy is it for us to judge? Much easier when we are biased towards one party vs. the other. Are we ourselves the Holy People of God? Do we strive to...

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