Reflections by Fr. Dimitri

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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 […]

Why do I need Confession?

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, One of the most often asked question I receive from the non-Orthodox and from the marginalized Orthodox who did not grow up with the Traditions of the Church is “Why do we have to go to confession?” This question is usually couched with phrases such as these: “Where in […]

Angels

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November 8 My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, One of my favorite topics of discussion is the Holy Angels, the Synaxis of whom we celebrate on November 8th. There seems to be a lot of confusion about the Bodiless Powers, and I wanted to take the time to discuss them here. The first and most […]

Love never fails! – A look at Stewardship on the Feast of SS. Kosmas and Damianos

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November 1, 2019 This Epistle Passage, St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 12:27-31; 13:1-8, is often utilized in non-Orthodox Weddings as the couple wishing to express the height of all virtues: Love. And while they are correct that Love is indeed the highest of all virtues. They miss the heart of this passage. While […]