Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: The Sacrifice of a Humble Heart

Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: The Sacrifice of a Humble Heart

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, Thou will not despise. Psalm 50:17  Today we are nearly half-way in between the last celebration of the Nativity and the next one.  Who would have thought six months ago that in this first...

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: Imagine What Would Happen If You Prayed This Verse Often

Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: Imagine What Would Happen If You Prayed This Verse Often

O Lord, open Thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise. Psalm 50:15 What is the part of our body that gets us in the most trouble?  That would be the mouth.  We commit the most sins using our mouths, because the sins we commit most often...

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: My Response

Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: My Response

Then I will teach transgressors Thy ways and sinner will return to Thee. Psalm 50:13 In the last reflection, we briefly touched on the word “repentance.”  Repentance means change.  Forgiveness and repentance go hand in hand.  Forgiveness is the “clean heart” we discussed in the last reflection, the clean slate...

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: Create in Me a Clean Heart

Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: Create in Me a Clean Heart

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 50:10-12 Have...

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: Fill Me with Joy

Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: Fill Me with Joy

Fill me with joy and gladness. Psalm 50:8 The reason why Psalm 50 was written was a heavy reason.  David had guilt and shame over his egregious sins of adultery and murder.  We’ve discussed the need to acknowledge sin and also reflected on the secret heart that each of us...

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: My Secret Heart

Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: My Secret Heart

Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Psalm 50:6 Today’s verse focuses on the phrase, “my secret heart.”  Everyone has a secret heart, a place where they keep their deepest secrets, things like feelings that are too ugly to share with...

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Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: The Need for God’s Mercy

Psalm 50/51—The Psalm of Repentance: The Need for God’s Mercy

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy steadfast love; according to Thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1  The numbering of the Psalms depends on which translation you read.  In the Septuagint number versus the number in Bibles like the Revised Standard Version, the numbering is...

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Theological and Historical Aspects of Lent

Theological and Historical Aspects of Lent

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/OCN_Now_2016/OCN_Now_Archbishop_Demetrios_Great_Lent_160316.mp3 His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios spoke to the staff and students of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology during the Annual Clean Monday Retreat. Listen as he addresses theological and historical perspectives of the Lenten Journey that awaits Orthodox Christians. This deep lesson of the larger soteriological...

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Daily Devotion, January 14: From the Book or from the Heart?

Daily Devotion, January 14: From the Book or from the Heart?

And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words.  Matthew 6:7   Good morning Prayer Team! Yesterday, I wrote about the elements of a good prayer.  And it may have left you with a...

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Chanting the Psalms at One of Romania’s Most Famous Monasteries

Chanting the Psalms at One of Romania’s Most Famous Monasteries

Putna Monastery is one of the most important religious, cultural, and artistic centers of medieval Moldavia, now a region of Romania. Founded by the famous prince St. Stephen the Great in the 15th century, the monastery houses St. Stephen’s tomb and some of the finest examples of late medieval Romanian...

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