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Entries from November 28th, 2008

The Orthodox Nativity Fast Can Help Prevent Holiday Blues and Christmas Depression – Lisa C. DeLuca

November 28th, 2008 1 Comment

Much of the post-holiday blues and Christmas depression that occur in the United States may have something to do with the way Americans celebrate Christmas. The Orthodox Nativity fast may be the remedy many people need. When people are suffering in their lives with things like divorce or other losses, financial stress, aging or illness; the sudden onset of pre-Christmas cheeriness may leave them feeling even more isolated and deprived, because the rest of world is portrayed as happy and fulfilled in stark contrast to how they feel. Others who do embrace pre-holiday celebrations often feel let down and weighed down by food and debt shortly after Christmas day. The novelty of the new material things wears off quickly, friends and family go home, and people may be left feeling blue. This is the feeling known as post-Christmas let-down. The Orthodox way of celebrating Christmas can yield completely different results.

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Fos Ilaron – Gladsome Light Hymn

November 26th, 2008 1 Comment

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The Akathist of Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2008 Comments Off on The Akathist of Thanksgiving

Order the CD hereI thought I should share this with you on the Thanksgiving Eve. The Akathist of Thanksgiving, a CD by the St. Ignatius of Antioch Antiochian Orthodox Mission in Madison, Wisconsin, was written by Archpriest Gregory Petroff in a Soviet Prison Camp.

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The true Christmas spirit or Putting back Christ into Xmas

November 24th, 2008 No Comments

For a first comer in an Orthodox Church the thing that strikes the most is the richness of traditions that abound in the life of the faithful. It seems that we have a tradition for everything: the way we light the candles, the way we venerate the icons, the way we cross ourselves and so on. All conforms to some unwritten rules that are puzzling and difficult to follow

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The Nativity Story

November 24th, 2008 No Comments

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Why it is Necessary to Know the Old Testament – Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky

November 19th, 2008 1 Comment

We listen to the hymns and readings in Church, and two series of events are revealed before us: the Old Testament - and the New, as the type and the fulfillment, as the shadow and the truth, as the fall and the rising, as the loss and the gain. In the patristic writings and the hymns in the church services

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Daily Bible readings and the Holy Fathers

November 13th, 2008 No Comments

I recently came across this impressive book that features a collection of daily Bible readings according to the Orthodox Ecclesiastical Calendar. So far nothing exciting, there are many like this. What is unique about this book is that it features commentaries from the Orthodox Fathers. This makes it a unique daily companion for the Orthodox seeker of divine knowledge.

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Seeing Jesus Christ in All the Books of the Bible

November 13th, 2008 No Comments

When you go to the Book of Genesis, look for the Lord Jesus Christ there. The promise is given that the seed of woman shall bruise the serpents head (3:15). Then turn to Exodus and you find that He is the One, and the only One, that...

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Christ in the Bible Series

November 11th, 2008 No Comments

Starting Wednesday, November 12th join us for the new Gladsome Light Dialogues series "Christ in the Bible" that will continue throughout the lent until Nativity.

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’s Bible is it?">Whos Bible is it?

November 11th, 2008 No Comments

Most books about the Bible are principally concerned with how it came to be and what it meant in its historical context. But -- as readers of Jaroslav Pelikan's ''Whose Bible Is It?'' will find -- that is really only the beginning of the Bible's story.

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