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About padrerichard

I am a Priest with ROCOR and serve as Rector at St. Joseph of Optina Parish in Virginia Beach, VA

The Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy is truly a heavenly service upon earth, during which God Himself, in a particular, immediate, and most close manner, is present and dwells with men, being Himself the invisible Celebrant of the service, offering and being offered. … Continue reading

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The Rule of Fasting in the Orthodox Church

Originally posted on Discerning Thoughts ©:
The Rule of Fasting in the Orthodox Church By Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose) of Platina In answer to numerous requests from readers, the rule of fasting is given for each day of the year. Where no…

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What is repentance? [Excerpt from: Exomologetarion – A Manual of Confession]

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SOURCE: eBook (epub & mobi formats) How Everyone Should Prepare Before Confession 1. What is repentance? My brother sinner, this is the preparation you must undergo before you repent and go to confession. Know firstly that…

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The chore of fasting

Originally posted on Again and Again:
The Nativity Fast begins today. We think of fasting as being a chore; as something we have to do. And in a way, while we don’t have to fast, we should. For instance, last…

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The Mystery of Communion

As a Priest I have become disturbed and distressed.  Why?  It is because of the lack of Orthodox Christians partaking of the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist during the Divine Liturgy!!  This lack of participation in receiving, weekly, the Divine … Continue reading

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Spiritual Conditions

“You struggle only to discover that you haven’t made any progress. You go pray and after praying you feel even more useless, even more wild than before. Some get upset, are disturbed, feel turned upside down when they see this … Continue reading

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Before the Judgment Seat of Christ

For a Christian ending to our life: painless, unashamed, and peaceful; and a good defense before the dread judgment seat of Christ, let us ask of the Lord. From my childhood, I have memories of the phrase, “Great White Throne … Continue reading

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