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THE POSITION OF THE PRIESTS IN THE CHURCH

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THE POSITION OF THE PRIESTS IN THE CHURCH

In the Orthodox understanding of the Church there is no contradistinction between clergy and laity. Clergy and laity are necessary, because both are members in the Church, which is One Body, the Body of Christ, the unique Head of which is Christ Himself. Both clergy and laity are members in the Church, because they have […]

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SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ON WHY THERE ARE IMPERFECTIONS IN THE WORLD

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SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ON WHY THERE ARE IMPERFECTIONS IN THE WORLD

But what is the sapient argument of the unbelievers, when we go over all these particulars with them; the magnitude, the beauty of the creation, the prodigality, the munificence everywhere displayed? This very thing, say they, is the worst fault, that God has made the world so beautiful and so vast. For if He had […]

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HOW DO ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS EVANGELIZE?

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HOW DO ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS EVANGELIZE?

A small business owner once told me of a guaranteed way to get rid of pesky telemarketers. “Whenever the salesman calls and immediately goes into his sales pitch,” he said, ” interrupt him and ask, ‘Are you a born again Christian?’ If he replies ‘No,’ you say, ‘Well, I am and I don’t deal with […]

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THE NATIVITY SERMON OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

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THE NATIVITY SERMON OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

BEHOLD a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead […]

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ON THE NATIVITY BY SAINT LEO THE GREAT OF ROME

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ON THE NATIVITY BY SAINT LEO THE GREAT OF ROME

I. All share in the joy of Christmas Our Saviour, dearly-beloved, was born today: let us be glad. For there is no proper place for sadness, when we keep the birthday of the Life, which destroys the fear of mortality and brings to us the joy of promised eternity. No one is kept from sharing […]

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THE ORTHODOX CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS

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THE ORTHODOX CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS

Preamble: In a few days we will celebrate the great Feast of the Christian world, the Feast of Christmas. The Church will bring once again before the eyes of our soul the event of the birth of the Lord and will summon us to venerate together with the shepherds and the magi the newly-born King […]

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The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

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The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

When the Most-holy Virgin Mary reached the age of three, her holy parents Joachim and Anna took her from Nazareth to Jerusalem to dedicate her to the service of God according to their earlier promise. It was a three-day journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem but, traveling to do a God-pleasing work, this journey was not […]

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The Lion and the Hermit: Saint Gerasimos the Jordanite

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The Lion and the Hermit: Saint Gerasimos the Jordanite

Once upon a time there lived in the desert by the Jordan River a very holy hermit. His name was Gerasimos. Gerasimos had become a monk when he was still young man. Because he wished to perfect his spiritual life, he left the monastery and withdrew deep into the desert, far from the noise and […]

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The Holy Virgin-Martyr Cecilia of Rome

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The Holy Virgin-Martyr Cecilia of Rome

The holy virgin-martyr Cecilia was born in Rome to honorable and wealthy parents. Hearing the Holy Gospel preached, she believed in Christ and resolved to preserve her virginity for Him, but contrary to her will, her parents betrothed her to a noble youth, an unbeliever named Valerian, and compelled her to array herself at all […]

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Saint Gregory the Wonderworker of Neoceasarea

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Saint Gregory the Wonderworker of Neoceasarea

Saint Gregory the Wonderworker, Bishop of Neocaesarea, was born in the city of Neocaesarea (northern Asia Minor) into a pagan family. Having received a fine education, from his youth he strived for Truth, but the thinkers of antiquity were not able to quench his thirst for knowledge. Truth was revealed to him only in the […]

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