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WHY DO WE FAST SO OFTEN?

Word Magazine March 2000 Page 14 WHY DO WE FAST SO OFTEN? By Fr. Stephen Ziton Let’s begin by taking a look at what happens when we do not keep the fast. In Genesis 3 we learn of the fall of Adam and Eve, and how their failure to keep the fast when they ate [...]

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Why Do We Have Our Homes Blessed?

Why Do We Have Our Homes Blessed? by Phyllis Meshel Onest Begin Everything with Prayer Since we are reminded in Scripture to begin whatever we do with prayer, it has been the practice of Orthodox Christians for centuries to have new dwellings blessed either before or just after settling in. This has been extended to [...]

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WORKING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Word Magazine May 1962 Page 6-7 WORKING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT by Rev. Father John Chromiak The revelation of the mission and ministry of the Paraclete waited for Christ’s Incarnation to be fully taught, and for His Ascension to be fully explained and understood, when the Spirit was poured out in a glorious baptism of [...]

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WRITE IT ON YOUR HEARTS

Word Magazine December 1992 Page 26 WRITE IT ON YOUR HEARTS By The Very Rev. James C. Meena The Lord is our God. The Lord is one. If you love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength, let these words I urge on you today [...]

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THE LIBERATING CROSS

Word Magazine September 2000 Page 16 THE LIBERATING CROSS By Very Rev. Stephen Rogers On the Sunday following the Exaltation of the Cross we hear Christ say: “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, [...]

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THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR HIM

Word Magazine January 1966 Page 4 THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR HIM By REV. FR. PHILIP SALIBA On the 25th of December, the Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Christ in Bethlehem of Judea: one of the most significant events in the course of human history. Once again the spell of Christmas [...]

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THE LIVING WATERS OF MID-PENTECOST

Word Magazine May 2001 Page 18 THE LIVING WATERS OF MID-PENTECOST By Very Rev. Stephen Rogers Nothing is more ele­mental to life than water. Water sustains life; all the processes of our bodies are dependent on it. In fact, more than anything else, our bodies are composed of water. To thirst is to desire that [...]

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THE MIRACLE OF BETHLEHEM

Word Magazine December 1968 Page 3 THE MIRACLE OF BETHLEHEM THE ARCHBISHOP’S MESSAGE - 1968 It is easy to lose sight of the miracle of Bethlehem in our modern world of pressure politics and commercial Christmas. This annual reminder of the continuous presence of the Divine in our wayward world is a necessary thing for [...]

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THE NATIVITY OF JESUS CHRIST

Word Magazine December 1960 Page 3 THE NATIVITY OF JESUS CHRIST BY ELEUTHERIOUS VORONTSOV Late Metropolitan of Leningrad “Behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.” (LUKE [...]

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The Nativity of Our Lord

The Nativity of Our Lord by Fr. Anthony Yazge (Originally submitted to the Tribune Star for publication in the Fall of 1995) Christmas is such a remarkable season of the year! People find a kinder, more generous side to themselves, unless they are a Scrooge who is yet to be converted! Many places put on [...]

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