Category Archives: Scripture

The Praying Mind Seeks Union with the Heart

St Ignatius Brianchaninov Glory to God! From The Field, cultivating salvation The doors of my senses have closed. My tongue is silent; my eyes are closed; my ears hear nothing that is outside me. The mind that is clothed in … Continue reading

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Our God Given Tools

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is“ Eph 5:9-19 God has given to … Continue reading

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The Spiritual World

19th Sunday after Pentecost 2 Cor 11:31-12:9 The Holy Apostle Paul spoke of “a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth such … 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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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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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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The Significance of the “Six Psalms” of the Orthodox Matins Service

Matins (also spelled Mattins, from the Latin, matutinae, “morning”), also called Orthros (from Greek, meaning “morning”, “dawn” or “day break”), is the longest and most complex of the daily cycle services. Matins is celebrated in the morning, unless it is … Continue reading

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Lenten Advice

As we enter into the Lenten season, there are loads of articles and information to read to steer us in the direction of working out our Repentance.  This article was written as Pastoral advice for the ones who shepherd a … Continue reading

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Profanity according to God’s Word

I often hear friends and family, believers in Jesus Christ, use language that would be referred in modern days as cursing, swearing, or profanity.  God’s Word specifically commands us not to use such language. But Father, this is normal every … Continue reading

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The Study of Scripture

HOW TO READ THE BIBLE AND WHY by Saint Justin Popovich The Bible is in a sense a biography of God in this world. In it the Indescribable One has in a sense described Himself. The Holy Scriptures of the … Continue reading

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