Category Archives: Church

Time and Eternity in Orthodox Worship

Kairos / Chronos Standing in Two Worlds St. Paul instructs us in several of his Epistles to: “redeem the time.” There are many different meanings of this phrase, but one meaning is that in Orthodox Divine Services we can experience … Continue reading

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Little by Little

Change Comes Little By Little “We often become frustrated with ourselves, wanting to change bad behavior, but seemingly incapable of making the changes we desire. Each week we confess the same sins over and over. We know the priest has … Continue reading

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Are you Justified??

Romans 5:1-10 “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God…”  I recently had a conversation with some people who followed a protestant Christian tradition.  They wanted to know about this “justification” and how it fit into our Orthodox faith.  … Continue reading

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Phone and email and text messages

From: Russian Orthodox Church Cardiff : Kazan Icon of the Mother of God “I am always slightly dumb-founded when members of the community try to call on the telephone before Liturgy on Sunday mornings, and can only come to the … Continue reading

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Eternal Life

Eternal Life:  John 17:1-13 A really interesting Gospel lesson Fr Nektary read earlier, however, it’s not like there is anything uninteresting in the Gospel. The reading in the Gospel of John, is a prayer of Jesus to God, to God … Continue reading

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The Cross leads us to Jesus Christ

This week marks the midpoint of Great Lent and on this middle Sunday of the Fast, we look forward to the Holy Cross. Later on, during Holy Week, the Cross reappears as an element in the remembrance of our Lord’s … Continue reading

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All Things are Lawful unto me…..

1Cor 6:12-20 “I have wasted the wealth which the Father gave to me, and in my wretchedness I have fed with the dumb beasts.  Yearning after their food I remained hungry and could not eat my fill.  But now I … Continue reading

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Breaking Ground

As you look around today you can see the artist drawings of our new walls and the outline of the new roof that will be our Church.  And we remember where we are now and realize how much has changed … Continue reading

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Be a Cheerful Giver

One of my favorite bible passages is “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). I try to say it each day in the morning to remember that, no … Continue reading

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Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Exaltation of the Cross (Sep 27) St. John of Shanghai Before The Time of Christ, the cross was an instrument of punishment; it evoked fear and aversion. But after Christ’s death on the Cross it became the instrument and … Continue reading

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