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Advice on peacemaking from the Saints Do you wish to honor the Body of the Savior? Do not despise it when it is naked. Do not honor it in church with silk vestments while outside it is naked and numb with cold. He who said, “This is my body,” and made it so by his [...]

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Martyr Longinus, the Centurion who Stood at the Cross of the Lord

 Martyr Longinus, the Centurion who Stood at the Cross of the Lord  October 16th  He stood transfixed at the foot of the Cross, watching and wondering, full of awe and amazement.  And then all at once, something was born in him – a spark of faith, a brand-new beginning.  And his life was changed forever. [...]

By | October 15th, 2011|Saints, Scripture, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Martyr Longinus, the Centurion who Stood at the Cross of the Lord

Saint Demetrius day sermon

Saint Demetrius day sermon In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! Today, dear brothers and sisters, we have gathered in this Holy church to glorify with our prayers St. Demetrius, the Patrone ofthis Holy temple and Parish. I would like to humbly present to you the life [...]

By | October 14th, 2011|Saints|Comments Off on Saint Demetrius day sermon

Saint Maximos the Confessor on The Lord’s Prayer

Saint Maximos the Confessor on The Lord's Prayer  St Maximos the ConfessorПреподобный Максим ИсповедникΜαξίμου του Ομολογητού  If the purpose of the divine counsel is the deification of our nature, and the aim of divine thoughts is to supply the prerequisites of our life, it follows that we should both know and carry into effect the [...]

By | October 7th, 2011|Belief & History, Christian Education, Liturgical, Prayers and Practice, Saints|Comments Off on Saint Maximos the Confessor on The Lord’s Prayer

Venerable Pelagia the Penitent

Venerable Pelagia the Penitent October 8th  The Lord loves sinners with an abiding love, we are told, and it is easy to imagine that He must have loved the Venerable Pelagia with a special fervor – because this egregious sinner not only sought repentance for her misdeeds, but then went on to become a pious [...]

By | October 7th, 2011|Christian Education, Saints|Comments Off on Venerable Pelagia the Penitent

Be Angry And Sin Not

Be Angry And Sin Not   By St. Nikolai Velimirovich "Be angry and sin not" (Psalm 4:4). Be angry with yourself, brethren, and sin no more. Be angry at your sins of thoughts and deeds, and sin no more. Be angry with Satan the father of lies (John 8:44), and no longer do his will. [...]

By | October 5th, 2011|Parish and Family Life, Saints, Scripture|Comments Off on Be Angry And Sin Not

Venerable Chariton the Confessor

Venerable Chariton the Confessor, Abbot of Palestine September 28th Tortured relentlessly for his faith by the Romans, St. Chariton the Confessor refused to denounce Jesus Christ – and then went on to found the series of monasteries that made this monk a legendary figure among the early saints of the Holy Church. His dramatic story [...]

By | September 27th, 2011|Christian Education, Saints|Comments Off on Venerable Chariton the Confessor

The Repose of the Apostle and Evangelist John The Theologian

September 26th   The Repose of the Apostle and Evangelist John The Theologian  He was a humble Palestinian fisherman who earned a living by casting his nets daily into mighty Lake Gennesareth (also known as the Sea of Galilee).  And it was here, on the shores of the windblown lake, that St. John the Theologian – [...]

By | September 23rd, 2011|Christian Education, Saints, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Repose of the Apostle and Evangelist John The Theologian

Saint Thekla, Protomartyr and Equal of the Apostles

    Saint Thekla, Protomartyr and Equal of the Apostles September 24 Thekla was born in the city of Iconium. The daughter of wealthy and highly respected parents, she was known for her extraordinary beauty. When she was 18 years old, her parents made plans for her to be engaged to a young man named [...]

By | September 19th, 2011|Saints|Comments Off on Saint Thekla, Protomartyr and Equal of the Apostles

Book Review

Book Review A Cloud of Witnesses: Saints and Martyrs From the Holy Land by Bishop Demetri (Matta) Khoury Authorhouse, 2008 (700 pages, $15.40, paperback) reviewed by Patrick Henry Reardon Unlike the very structured way in which the Roman Catholic Church canonizes its saints, the corresponding Eastern Orthodox method tends to be somewhat informal and “popular,” [...]

By | August 16th, 2011|Saints, Uncategorized, Various Subjects|Comments Off on Book Review