Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Fr. Constantine Lazarakis of Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons explains the importance of the Sunday of Orthodoxy and Icons. Icons teach us three important things that are critical to our salvation. Icons remind us that God became a Man and we see that pictured. Icons teach us that...

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Nativity Devotion, November 30: Salvation

Nativity Devotion, November 30: Salvation

    Why Do I Need a Savior?  “For to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord”  Luke 2:11  Good morning Prayer Team! Are you saved?  We hear this question a lot in religious circles.  What does it mean for...

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Thank You, O Lord

Thank You, O Lord

Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, the late Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, was dedicated to writing, preaching, and teaching about the Eucharist.  In Fact, the translation of the Greek word ‘Eucharist’ is Thanksgiving.  Fr. Schmemann gave his life to Thanksgiving.  As we remember this special American Holiday taking place only a few days...

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The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 3

The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 3

Joy of Liturgy When we gather together for the sacrament of the Eucharist, it is not yet the feast in the Father’s house, it is not yet the fulfillment of everything. Thus, we pray in the Liturgy that we may partake of God “more fully in the unwaning day” of...

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The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 2

The Joy of a Life in Christ, Part 2

Joy of Salvation Another kind of joy is the joy of a person being saved. Imagine a person who is drowning. If someone was to throw him a rope and yell: “Hold on! I will pull you out!”–the person will likely experience a sense of joy. There is nothing particularly...

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A Reflection on Grace and Works,  October 25, 2015

A Reflection on Grace and Works, October 25, 2015

In this episode of Good News for a Change, Fr. Constantine Lazarakis shares thoughts on Grace and Works. He focuses not on the Gospel reading, but the critically important words of St. Paul from the Epistle. Salvation is given “by grace alone, and not by works of the Law.” We...

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Three Ways to Sing, Save Us, O Son of God

Three Ways to Sing, Save Us, O Son of God

Sunday, October 25 Save us, O Son of God, (who rose from the dead/who are wondrous among your saints) to Thee we sing: Alleluia   Good morning Prayer Team! The word “Antiphon” means to sing with a different voice.  So the “Antiphons” of the Liturgy are hymns where half of the...

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Does Salvation Come From Faith, Works or Grace?

Does Salvation Come From Faith, Works or Grace?

Do you want to be in heaven?  Why wait?  Fr. Theodore Stylianopoulos, Professor of New Testament (emeritus)  at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology  and Fr. Chris speak about salvation and how we can experience heaven here on earth.  Is it by faith or by works?  Listen to this...

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Zacchaeus and the Salvation of Sinners

Zacchaeus and the Salvation of Sinners

Zacchaeus lives in the Church, abiding as an image of us all. In some sense, everyone of us is Zacchaeus, for everyone of us is a sinner at heart. That is why Zacchaeus is invoked and his example recalled every time the priest enters someone’s home to invoke the presence...

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Is Suffering Redemptive?

Is Suffering Redemptive?

The existence of suffering, and how to deal with it, challenges everyone. Does suffering have any meaning? Can it even be redemptive and a means of spiritual growth in Christ? In the video interview embedded above, originally aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1973, a journalist puts some of...

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