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I am only human

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   As we contemplate the victory of the Resurrection, let us look to its ramifications to us. Too often we try to relegate our Savior to a simple mathematical equation. God is love and God loves me ergo I cannot do anything that would cause God to not love me. […]

Holy Saturday (Proti Anastasi) is my favorite Service

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In light of the services soon to come, I wish to share a little insight into perhaps my favorite service: The Proti-Anastasi Liturgy Holy Saturday Morning. Within the Passion narrative, this service takes place as Christ descends into hell. There, he utterly annihilates the power of death and frees […]

Lot, Repentance, and the adoration of the Holy Cross

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This Sunday (March 22), during the Sunday of the Adoration of the Holy Cross, we will mark the halfway point of the Holy Fast. At this point, many of us may be starting to get  into the groove of fasting, praying, and almsgiving. Perhaps we have attended Great Compline, […]

Fasting

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,               I am not a fan of the “fasting police.” I do not care for the practice of judging our brothers and sisters for how he or she keeps the fast. Never mind that it runs contrary to the Epistle of Judgment Sunday                “Let not him who eats […]

Did I really say that?!

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January 24, 2020 St. John of the Ladder lists the Spiritual Gift of Discernment near the top of all Spiritual Gifts Discernment in beginners is true knowledge of themselves; in intermediate souls it is a spiritual sense that faultlessly distinguishes what is truly good from what is of nature and opposed to it; and in […]

Happy New Year

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Happy New Year! Many of the New Years traditions are set to bring good fortune, (Pork) prosperity (Black Eyed Peas & Collared Greens), and happiness (kissing and dancing at midnight)  throughout the year. The idea is that if you bring in the New Year with all of these things […]

Proskinitarion

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December 27, 2019   My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,               As we gather together for the New Year, many of us are filled with optimism. If you count New Year’s Eve, there will be several weddings this year. We will have numerous baptisms. This is a time of growth and happiness as we draw […]

House Blessings: Again?

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I want to talk to you about House Blessings. Every year in January, the Orthodox invite the priest into their homes and businesses to bless with the waters of Theophany. Why? Why do we need the priest to bless our house every year? For the same reason many of […]

Merry Christmas . . . or not

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Forgive me in advance because this article will be sterner than my normal messages. As we approach that most joyous event of Christmas, I should be full of excitement, happiness, and eagerness. Instead, I am full of depressing melancholy and trepidation. We have heard the expression, put the Christ […]

Reason for the Season

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we gather together for the Holidays, we know the reason for the Season. It is not something new. It is not something that needs to be stated every year as though we somehow forgot. We choose to ignore it. We choose to focus on ourselves and our personal […]