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The Great Fast – by Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver

February 28th, 2014 No Comments

Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver

Metropolitan Isaiah – photo courtesy of Vladimir Grigorenko

As we enter into the holiest period of the year in preparation for the glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we ask ourselves, “Why should we follow the discipline of fasting, which in essence is abstinence?” What is the purpose of it? Obviously the purpose is that we may be ready to meet our Lord and to receive His promise of eternal life in His Kingdom.

We realize, according to Holy Scripture, that we were created to live forever; and that we will live eternally after the return of Christ to the earth, with our resurrected bodies reunited with our souls. The… Continue reading

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The Bible, the Prayer Book and the Greek Lexicon

February 3rd, 2011 No Comments

This week I was stuck in an airport due to inclement weather and had to spend a few hours waiting for my flight to arrive. After the initial commotion you find yourself restrained in a waiting room with not much to do. Looking around for a past time I realized that the only things I had with me were...
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On the spiritual Struggle – by Archbishop Averky (Taushev)

November 11th, 2009 1 Comment

Hill Of Crosses LithuaniaOn the first Sunday of the Great Fast our Church celebrates the triumph of Orthodoxy, the victory of true Christian teachings over all perversions and distortions thereof- heresies and false teachings. On the second Sunday of the Great Fast it is as though this triumph of Orthodoxy is repeated and deepened in connection with the celebration of the memory of one of the greatest pillars of Orthodoxy, the hierarch Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica, who by his grace-bearing eloquence and the example of his highly ascetic private life put to shame the teachers of falsehood who dared reject the every essence of Orthodoxy, the podvig (in an approximate translation the word podvig means… Continue reading

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How to live an ecological life in Christ

July 29th, 2009 No Comments

Monk Looking at Christ's last Footprint in Ascension Chappel, Jerusalem

Raising awareness of our spiritual footprint

There is a lot of talking these days about the environment and the impact our civilization will have on the planet for generations to come. A lot of damage has already been done and we are here now
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