Are You Being Saved? – A Reflection on Today’s Epistle

The Epistle for August 30 (August 17 OS) Monday of the 11th Week after Pentecost 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:3 14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among Read more about Are You Being Saved? – A Reflection on Today’s Epistle[…]

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Inquirer Question: What do the Orthodox say about having a personal relationship with Christ?

An inquirer into Orthodoxy recently posted this question, seeking to see how the Orthodox respond to the evangelical concept of having a personal relationship with Christ.  This was my response: I think every Orthodox faithful would tell you they have a personal relationship with Christ. I am not sure that any evangelical protestant would recognize Read more about Inquirer Question: What do the Orthodox say about having a personal relationship with Christ?[…]

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9th Sunday after Pentecost – Reflection on Matthew 14:22-34

9th Sunday after Pentecost A Reflection on Today’s Gospel Matthew 14:22-34      22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart Read more about 9th Sunday after Pentecost – Reflection on Matthew 14:22-34[…]

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Orthopraxy – Let My Prayer Arise as Incense

from the weekly bulletin of St. Andrew Orthodox Church   If there is a distinct smell that one notices when they enter an Orthodox Church, it is the smell of incense lingering from whatever the last service was.  It is in the walls, the carpets, the vestments.  The sweet smelling savor fills the temple and Read more about Orthopraxy – Let My Prayer Arise as Incense[…]

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A Brief Pastoral Treastise on the Importance of Holy Confession

–by Archbishop Gavrilo “The sick one who is acquainted with his sickness is easily to be cured; and he who confesses his pain is near to health.” + St. Isaac the Syrian, Mystic Treatises My dear brothers and sisters, this is a very brief and rather pragmatic treatise on the importance of Holy Confession in Read more about A Brief Pastoral Treastise on the Importance of Holy Confession[…]

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Prayer at Mealtime (Part 3)

Brothers and sisters, please forgive my lack of postings over the past two weeks.  The demands of my secular employment have been pressing during these times and it has been all I can do to serve the liturgy at the mission while trying to keep my head above water!     The Lord’s prayer, said Read more about Prayer at Mealtime (Part 3)[…]

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