Reflections by Fr. Dimitri

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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 […]

Courage and Guts

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October 26, 2019 My brothers and sisters in Christ,   When I was a young teenager I remember a discussion with my spiritual father. I had shared with him that I was often afraid, and he chided me. He said to me, “Dimitri, you cannot be afraid.”               I asked why?               He shared with […]

St. Basil Challenge to Parents

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Parents, can your child answer the question, “Who is Noah?” This story, which even many toddlers know should not be foreign to our homes. Children should not shrug their shoulders when asked, “Who is John the Baptist?” ST. BASIL CHALLENGE According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “Over […]

What am I? What is my identity? Why am I doing what I am doing?

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My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,      January begins the New Year and with it, as with any New Year, it is tempting to redefine ourselves. This is sometimes a good thing. Often we seek to eat healthier, live healthier and be kinder to our fellow man. But I think we need to take […]