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THE TRUE MEANING OF FEASTS

Word Magazine June 2001 Page 29 THE TRUE MEANING OF FEASTS By Very Rev. Stephen Rogers Pascha . . . Pentecost . . . the Transfiguration . . . the Exaltation of the Cross . . . the Nativity ... Each year as the seasons change and the months roll by, the faithful of the [...]

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THE INITIATION

Word Magazine December 1979 Page 14 THE INITIATION homily by Father James C. Meena The Fathers of the Church proved very wise when they established a certain sequence of Feasts for our observance. It wasn’t until the latter centuries of the first millennium that they established December 25th as the day in which we would [...]

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THE FORGOTTEN SHEPHERD

Word Magazine December 1982 Page 18-19 THE FORGOTTEN SHEPHERD Homily By Father James C. Meena Nearly 2,000 years ago, as told in the Gospel according to St. Luke, Angels appeared to shepherds in the hills of Bethlehem and announced to them the birth of their Saviour in the City of Bethlehem. They instructed the shepherds [...]

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THE FORTY HOLY MARTYRS OF SEBASTE

Word Magazine March 2000 Page 4-5 THE FORTY HOLY MARTYRS OF SEBASTE March 9 By Basiliki Sherry When I came into the dimly-lit church this morning, half a dozen young girls were gathered around the chanter’s stand. Their voices rose pure and passionless; there was no weight to their singing. The tones of the Lenten [...]

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THE FRUIT OF BARRENNESS

Word Magazine December 1999 Page 14-15 THE FRUIT OF BARRENNESS By Very Rev. Steven Rogers In December, the landscape here around the church becomes stark, barren and seemingly lifeless. The lushness of the verdant countryside, vibrant in the summer with flowers, fruit and life, now lies dormant, appearing to be devoid of life. Looking at [...]

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MEDITATION 0N MARY AND MARTHA

Word Magazine March 2001 Page 7-8 MEDITATION 0N MARY AND MARTHA By Natalie Ashanin There is one account in the Bible which has always intrigued me and that is the story recounted in the 10th chapter St. Luke, v. 38-42. Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain [...]

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SUBMIT YOURSELF.

Word Magazine December 1990 Page 22 SUBMIT YOURSELF. AND YOU WILL BE EXALTED! by Khoureeye Stefanie Yazge One of my favorite hymns heard at Christmas (and as part of every Great Compline service) is “God is with us! Understand all ye nations, and submit yourselves, for God is with us!” Why? For several reasons. First [...]

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MERRY CHRISTMAS — LATER NOT SOONER

Word Magazine December 1976 Page 19/21 “MERRY CHRISTMAS — LATER NOT SOONER” Homily by Father James C. Meena When I was a little boy, as with all children, I used to Liturgical Celebration of the Birth of our Lord, when we anticipate the coming of Christmas weeks in advance. I’d should be meditating and contemplating [...]

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THANK YOU GOD, FOR THE MYSTERY

Word Magazine December 1968 Page 15 THANK YOU GOD, FOR THE MYSTERY “As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; it was exactly as they had been told.” (ST. LUKE 2:19) The very [...]

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Word Magazine December 1964 Page 3 MERRY CHRISTMAS To the Pastors and Faithful Christians of the Archdiocese: Peace and Blessing in our Lord Jesus Christ! (To be read in the churches) Of all the feasts in the cycle of the Christian year the one that has had the greatest impact on the western world, in [...]

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