Don’t Pre-Celebrate Christmas!

by Fr. Andrew George, edited for Orthodox Family Life by Phyllis Meshel Onest The Advent Season, which began for us on November 15/28, is a time for anticipating the "Good News" of the Lord's Birth. As with all things in life, Scripture reminds us that we must be careful of being "in the world, but not of [...]

By |2021-09-21T08:58:43-07:00September 21st, 2021|Christmas, Liturgical, Parish and Family Life|Comments Off on Don’t Pre-Celebrate Christmas!

شرح الوصايا العشر

القديس غريغوريوس بالاماسنقلها إلى العربية الأب أنطوان ملكي1. الرَّبُّ إِلهُنَا رَبٌّ وَاحِدٌالرب، إلهك، هو رب واحد (تثنية 4:6)، وهو معروف كآب، وابن وروح قدس. ألآب غير مولود. الابن مولود ككلمة ألآب، من غير ابتداء سرمدي وبلا هوى. لقد سُمّي المسيح لأنّه مسح من ذاته الطبيعة البشرية التي أخذها منّا. يخرج الروح القدس من ألآب، ليس بالولادة [...]

By |2021-10-21T17:45:16-07:00September 8th, 2021|Christian Education, Parish and Family Life, The Fathers Speak|Comments Off on شرح الوصايا العشر

A Pastoral Word on Halloween

The Joyous Feast of Pumpkinby Bishop [now Archbishop] KyrillIt is that time of the year when the secular society in which we live is preparing for the festival of Halloween. Many do not know its spiritual roots and history, and why it contradicts the teachings of the Church. The feast of Halloween began in pre-Christian times [...]

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المناولة المقدسة والاعترافالميتروبوليت إيروثيوس فلاخوس

نقلها إلى العربية الأب أنطوان ملكيمختارات من نقاش بين طلاب أكاديمية موسكو اللاهوتية والميتروبوليت إيروثيوس فلاخوس، في لافرا القديس سرجيوس.سؤال: كمّ مرّة في السنة ينبغي أن يتناول الإنسان؟ هل الاعتراف مرتبط بالضرورة بالمناولة المقدّسة؟جواب: مطلقاً، ليست المناولة مرتبطة بالاعتراف. في الكنيسة قديماً، كان الناس يحملون نعمة الرب في داخلهم، أي كانوا في حالة من استنارة النوس وبالطبع [...]

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HOW OFTEN SHOULD ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION?

An Orthodox sister receives Holy Communion in the Sokolski convent near the town of Gabrovo some 200 kms. (125 miles) east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Thursday, April, 5, 2007. The convent is preparing for Easter as the Orthodox church celebrates the holiday on Sunday. Founded in 1834, Sokolski convent is known for its original [...]

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The Role of the Laity in the Orthodox Church

The word church in English is akin to German Kirche and Scottish kirk, derived ultimately from Greek kyriakos, relating to kyrios, which means “lord” or “master,” and thus the Church is an institution relating to the Lord; the equivalent word in French is église, which is derived from Latin ecclesia, from Greek ekklesia which means [...]

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How to Stay Christian in College

J. Budziszewski, AuthorEDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an excerpt from How to Stay Christian in College by J. Budziszewski (NavPress).Chapter One: COLLEGE AS ANOTHER WORLDWhy Is This Book Necessary? One day a student approached me after class. She seemed to be close to tears. "In lecture today, you mentioned that you're a Christian," she said. [...]

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Holy Communion and Confession of Metropolitan Erothios Vlachus

Holy Communion and Confession of Metropolitan Erothios Vlachus Translated into Arabic Father Antoine MelkiSelections from a discussion between students of the Moscow Theological Academy and Metropolitan Erothios Vlachus, in the St. Sergius Lavra.Question: How many times a year should a person eat? Is confession necessarily linked to Holy Communion? Answer: Absolutely, Communion is not linked to confession. In the [...]

By |2021-09-08T17:34:19-07:00September 7th, 2021|Christian Education, Liturgical, Parish and Family Life|Comments Off on Holy Communion and Confession of Metropolitan Erothios Vlachus

A Presentation given at the 5th Biennial Parish Council Symposium 

SYMPOSIUM-CHURCH GROWTH. CHURCH SUPPORT/GIVING (TITHING)THE RESPONSIVE CHURCH IS A HEALTHY CHURCH: A HEALTHY CHURCH IS A GROWING CHURCH! A Presentation given at the 5thBiennial Parish Council Symposium by His Grace Bishop Demetri Antiochian Village, PAFriday, October 13, 2000  I.) OPENING REMARKS:On behalf of his eminence Metropolitan Phillip, Fr. Michael Massouh, the director of this Center, Mr. [...]

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Being Disciples of Christ

by Fr. Ted           Women Disciples of the Lord “The character of our earthly life is constant expectation of God’s call from this life to the other. We are not our own; we are the servants of God, as the Church so rightly calls us; and servants ought to hourly await their Lord’s call. He will [...]

By |2021-05-20T15:55:44-07:00May 28th, 2016|Christian Education, Parish and Family Life, Spirituality, Various Subjects|Comments Off on Being Disciples of Christ