Monthly Archives: November 2013

Fasting and the Spiritual Benefit

St Seraphim of Sarov on Fasting: ‘Once there came to him a mother who was concerned about how she might arrange the best possible marriage for her young daughter. When she came to Saint Seraphim for advice, he said to … Continue reading

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Oh my golly, he has a Beard!

St John of Kronstadt has a beard as most Orthodox Clergy wear beards, including myself. “The simple reason why Orthodox priests wear beards is because, as a Nazarene, Our Lord had a beard, as can be seen from any icon. … Continue reading

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Humble Mindedness

A few days ago I talked about The Jesus Prayer and how important it was for us Orthodox Christians to pray unceasingly.  As I said before, though in different words, “The Holy Apostle Paul teaches us: Pray without ceasing. In … Continue reading

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Days to Honor!

Today is the Lord’s Day.  We celebrate with the Divine Liturgy.  We start on Saturday evening with Matins and continue on Sunday morning with our Liturgy.  An excellent day of celebrating; one we as Orthodox Christians must maintain on a … Continue reading

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2013 New Testament Challenge

2013 New Testament Challenge     Beginning Nov. 15th (the beginning of the Advent/Nativity Fast), we will once again be embarking on our annual challenge event to read through the entire New Testament (aloud) by Christmas! This is a great … Continue reading

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The Jesus Prayer

Ever wake up in the middle of the night and wonder why?  At one time I was taught that maybe you woke up because someone needed your prayers at that very moment in time; but who or what or where?  … Continue reading

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Holy Table at St Joseph of Optina parish

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N.T. Wright and the Orthodox/Byzantine Catholic view of Hell

Originally posted on Byzantium on Brew:
Thank you to Fr. John Peck from the Preachers Institute for posting this link. Good to see the Patristic view of hell is alive and well in the Anglican Church.

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Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy is the primary worship service of the Orthodox Church. Nikolai Gogol states in his “Meditations on the Divine Liturgy“; “The Divine Liturgy is the eternal repetition of the great act of love accomplished for us… The effect … Continue reading

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5 November 2013

Well today was the day to get out and vote.  We, mat. Mary and I, went to vote.  We were denied this privilege as we were too new to the area and had sent in our change of address one … Continue reading

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