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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Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee

Let us flee from the boasting of the Pharisee and learn through our own sighs of sorrow the humility of the Publican. Let us cry out to the Savior, “Have mercy on us, for through You alone are we reconciled.”

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Presentation of Our Lord

Presentation of Our Lord

Your birth sanctified a Virgin’s womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us, O Christ our God, give peace to your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom you love, as only the loving one. +Kontakion (First Tone)

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Fifteenth Sunday of Luke

Fifteenth Sunday of Luke

Receive, O Lord, the Sacred Heralds who preached God, the pinnacle of Teachers, unto the enjoyment of Your riches and rest. You have received their labors and their suffering as being above and beyond all fruitful offering. For You alone glorify Your Saints. +Kontakion in the Second Tone This is...

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Twelfth Sunday of Luke

Twelfth Sunday of Luke

The pastoral flute of your theology conquered the trumpets of orators. For it called upon the depths of the Spirit and you were enriched with the beauty of words. Intercede to Christ our God, O Father Gregory, that our souls may be saved. Apolytikion in the First Tone St. Gregory...

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Sunday before Theophany

Sunday before Theophany

O Christ our Master, how shall we Your servants give You worthy honor? For You have renewed us all in the waters. You, O our Saviour, were baptized in Jordan and have sanctified the waters: accepting a servant’s hand upon Your head; You heal the passions of the world. Great...

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Seeing Icons and Being Icons

Seeing Icons and Being Icons

Someone I know once had to bring an icon across the border from the US to Canada, the declaration of which posed a bit of a problem for the border administration. The customs officer wasn’t sure what category it should be placed in, and after some searching through the database...

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