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

Desire and Climbing the Tree

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The five Sundays before the beginning of Great Lent are important for helping us get ready to observe and participate in the Great Fast. We got started with the Sunday of Zacchaeus a few days ago. As many may know, Fr. Alexander Schmemann identified the theme of Zacchaeus Sunday as “desire.” Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus. He faced several obstacles. … Read More

Who Is God?

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This Sunday evening, we will be doing our livestream on this question. I am looking forward to it. I wanted to share a few preliminary thoughts on this, as unworthy as I am to do so. In August of 1993, my father passed away. I had completed my second year at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. I was at the funeral home … Read More

The Vaccine as the “Mark of the Beast?”

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There has been some controversy about the vaccine for Covid 19. People are of different mindsets as to whether it is a good idea to get the vaccine. I think the recent statement from the Episcopal Assembly of Orthodox Bishops in America is a good statement to follow to help you decide. That link can be accessed here: https://domoca.org/statement-regarding-developments-in-medicine-covid-19-vaccines-immunizations/ There … Read More