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THE RESURRECTION

Word Magazine June 1977 Page 11-12 THE RESURRECTION FACT OR FICTION By Antony Bassoline Not too very long ago we all stood in church filled with anticipation, joy and peace as we eagerly awaited the moment when the Priest, in his most brilliant vestments, came out of the Royal Doors in the completely darkened church [...]

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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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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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OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

Word Magazine January 2000 Page 22 OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW By Very Rev. Stephen Rogers Perhaps no day in our lifetimes will have more hoopla attached to it than the recent passage into the “new millennium” on this past New Year’s Day. January 1, 2000, was heralded by many as the [...]

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THE CHRISTMAS TRAPS

Word Magazine December 1980 Page 20 THE CHRISTMAS TRAPS Homily by Father James C. Meena I would like to talk to you a little about Christmas. It seems that we all have a tendency to build up to Christmas as a climax anticipating the feast with all sorts of observances and celebrations and then, as [...]

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PEACE ON EARTH

Word Magazine December 1961 Page 4 PEACE ON EARTH By The Rt. Reverend Archimandrite Ilyas T. Kurban “Glory be to God in the highest and on earth peace and good will among men.” This is the hymn which was sung by the group of angels, almost two thousand years ago. Is there peace on earth? [...]

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THE ELEVATION

Word Magazine September 1960 Page 3/28 THE ELEVATION OF THE PRECIOUS AND LIFE-CREATING CROSS OF THE LORD By Archpriest Leonid Kolchev For a long time the Cross served as the instrument of a shameful punishment, exciting fear and disgust among people, but from the time that Christ sanctified it by His Blood, it became an [...]

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Pentecost And The Unity Of The Church

THE WORD MAGAZINE JUNE 1973 PAGE 7 Pentecost And The Unity Of The Church REVEREND FATHER JOSEPH J. ALLEN IT IS PAINFULLY EVIDENT today that Orthodox people are not able to distinguish among the feasts in the Church as to which are shaped by time and which are not. It is as important to know [...]

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