Being of One Mind

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Christ wishes the disciples to be kept in a state of unity by maintaining a like-mindedness and an identity of will, being mingled together, as it were, in soul and spirit and in the law of peace and love for one another. He wishes them to be bound together rightly with an unbreakable bond of love, that they may advance … Read More

The Paradox of Being Confined

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But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s fetters were unfastened. When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew … Read More

Show Up For Work

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The Paralytic was like an unburied corpse. He saw You and shouted: “Lord, have mercy on me! My bed has become my grave! Why should I live? What use is the Sheep’s Pool to me? I have no one to put me into the pool when the waters are stirred, but I come to You, O Fountain of healing. Raise … Read More

Shaking all of Creation

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“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were … Read More

For the Prayers of Parents Make Firm the Foundation of Households

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Title taken from the Orthodox Marriage Service By Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div. The prayers and hymns of the Orthodox Church are ancient and revered, but also replete with references from the Scriptures and the historical life of the Church. Let’s take a closer look at the Marriage Service, particularly the second prayer before the crowning of the Bride and Groom. … Read More

How Lenten Disciplines Work Together

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Lent is always a challenge when it comes to observing the fast, getting to more church services, and increasing or improving upon the quality of one’s prayer life. These words from Peter Chrysologus on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are wonderful thoughts to live by. This excerpt is taken from the 4th Sunday of Lent after the Synaxarion on St. John … Read More

The Victory of the Cross

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Ode 1 Triodion Canon Verse, Sunday of the Cross Mighty Cross of the Lord, manifest yourself, showing me the divine vision of your beauty! Grant that I may worthily venerate you, for I speak to you and embrace you as alive! Last Sunday and this week we place the Holy Cross in our churches to remind us where we are … Read More

Children during Lent: Ideas for Parents

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Taken from: http://www.orthodoxmotherhood.com/children-during-lent-ideas-for-parents/  I remember my first ever Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha in the Orthodox Church.  The reflection and anticipation of Lent, with its dogged mission to bring my sins and need for repentance to the forefront of my mind each day; the solemnity of Holy Week, with its invitation to completely enter into the cosmic events that changed … Read More