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THOUGHTS ON CONFESSION

Word Magazine March 1978 Page 8-9 FOR PRIEST AND PARISHIONER THOUGHTS ON CONFESSION By Father Alexander Leon Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand. The Kingdom is indeed at hand, and we are called to a life of repentance. But how does the priest promote this process? Or, put another way, how can [...]

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ON CONFESSION

Word Magazine March 1996 Page 9 ON CONFESSION By Archpriest Antony Gabriel On the advice of parishioners and friends, I am writing to share with the readers of The Word, the following observation: In both official Archdiocesan statements, as well as the report from the Task Force on the Twenty-first Century, that have been disseminated [...]

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WHAT IS HOLY CHRISMATION?

Word Magazine February 1962 Page 5 WHAT IS HOLY CHRISMATION? Father Michael J. Buben “Holy Chrismation is a Sacrament in which the baptized believer, being anointed with Holy Chrism on certain parts of the body, in the name of the Holy Spirit, receives the gifts of the Holy Spirit for growth and strength in spiritual [...]

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REFLECTIONS ON THE WORD OF GOD

Word Magazine December 1985 Page 21-22 REFLECTIONS ON THE WORD OF GOD THREE VERSES FROM THE BIBLE By The Rev. Dr Stanley S. Harakas You may be one of those Orthodox Christians who find it hard to accept that frequent Holy Communion is Orthodox teaching. You learned at your mother’s knee that a long and [...]

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SACRAMENTAL LIFE

Word Magazine January 1975 Page 3,4/14 SACRAMENTAL LIFE —AND THE LIFE STYLE OF ORTHODOXY The Keynote Address of the 21st Annual Conference of the Eastern Orthodox Catechetical Association delivered on July 22, 1974, by the Very Rev. Fr. John Badeen, President of the Association In his piercing insights into the nature of Christianity, St. Paul [...]

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SPONSORS AT BAPTISM

Word Magazine September 1957 Page 174 SPONSORS AT BAPTISM by Father David F. Abramtsov The church has made use of sponsors (godparents) at Holy Baptism from the earliest days of its history. The practice is mentioned by such early Christian writers as Tertullian, St. Dionysius the Areopagite and others. According to the “Priest’s Guide” published [...]

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THE EUCHARIST

Word Magazine January 2000 Page 7-8 THE EUCHARIST: THE HEART OF OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH By Fred Mark Shaheen As Orthodox Christians, we may be confronted from time to time by inquiries from the curious regarding the nature of our faith: What exactly do the Orthodox believe? How is your faith different from that of Roman [...]

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A MERCY OF PEACE

Word Magazine February 2001 Page 14-15 A MERCY OF PEACE, A SACRIFICE OF PRAISE By Very Rev. John Abdalah "A MERCY OF PEACE, A SACRIFICE OF PRAISE” is indeed a curious text that requires some thought. Obviously, by the treatment it has received from the great liturgical composers, this phrase must have great importance. But [...]

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THE GREATEST MIRACLE OF ALL

Word Magazine September 1969 Page 16 THE GREATEST MIRACLE OF ALL By Fr. Theodore E. Ziton, New Kensington, Pennsylvania. All the acts of God are wonder­ful and mysterious. Each one of His Works, being a divine manifestation, bears the stamp of the mysterious and the incomprehensible. But the Blessed Sacrament of Holy Com­munion is the [...]

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A TALK TO GODPARENTS

Word Magazine May 1962 Page 9 A TALK TO GODPARENTS By Father Michael J. Buben Pious Godparents! Through the mercy of Our Lord and Savior who came to save that which was lost, we have again completed the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Jesus Christ in a talk with Nicodemus had this to say about the [...]

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