Reflections by Fr. Dimitri

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Freedom

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In July we celebrate our nation’s independence day. As Orthodox Christians, we appreciate the tenants of freedom more than most. We respect those who have died to make us free because we understand more acutely than most what it means to be slaves. I am not speaking of the Greeks under the Turkokrateia (Enslavement under […]

The Holy Spirit

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On the Feast of the Monday after Pentecost we celebrate the Holy Spirit, the third “person” of the Godhead and we commemorate the Holy Spirit’s power to “make the fisherman wise and through them illumine the whole world.” This is the “Seal and the Gift” of the Holy Spirit […]

Summer Vacation and our Relationship with God

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, During the summer, we see a penchant for summer camps, trips, and vacations. I am not immune. I will be traveling to Fanari Summer Camp with our Children and I will be taking my vacation as well, but just because we have these breaks from the norm, it is […]

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 […]