Fasting 1 – The Scriptural and Theological Basis of Fasting

The Theological Basis of Fasting Do not say to me that I fasted for so many days, that I did not eat this or that, that I did not drink wine, that I endured want; but show me if thou from an angry man hast become gentle, if thou from a cruel man hast become Read more about Fasting 1 – The Scriptural and Theological Basis of Fasting[…]

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Orthopraxis – Lighting Candles

  It is a pious Orthodox tradition to light candles for personal petitions and intercessions when entering the church and venerating the icons. Lighting a candle is making an offering to God. It is offering our prayers and thanks to Him for His blessings. We may light candles for ourselves, for the health of each Read more about Orthopraxis – Lighting Candles[…]

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Struggle Against the World!

A Short Message from Bp. Irineos on the Current Turmoil in the World  These recent days of the pandemic, civil unrest and political conflict have had an impact on all of us.  Particularly, I have noticed many people on social media expressing their fears of the inevitable downfall of our society and their inability to Read more about Struggle Against the World![…]

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Do Orthodox Neglect Evangelism?

A 60 second thought I had: Is it a fair criticism of the Orthodox that we do not evangelize like the protestants, and especially the non-denominational protestants? Yes and no. In an absolute sense (and probably a per capita sense if such were measurable) I think it is true there is more emphasis on evangelism Read more about Do Orthodox Neglect Evangelism?[…]

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The Example of St. Vladimir

People sometimes wonder why the Orthodox Church commemorates saints of the past during our service of worship to the One True God: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is because they serve as examples to us of how we may better fulfill the commandments of Christ. In their victory, we are made stronger; we Read more about The Example of St. Vladimir[…]

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Creation v. Evolution: Does it matter?

Q.  I recently saw a video where a priest said that evolution and creation is irrelevant in Orthodoxy.  He says it isn’t consequential.  Is this right? A.  I suppose we have to define consequential to decide whether it is right or not.  On some very macro scale where the ultimate and only weight is one’s Read more about Creation v. Evolution: Does it matter?[…]

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What are the Royal Hours?

As the Nativity services approached, I commented that it was almost time for Royal Hours, and I received an inquiry as to what Royal Hours are. Here was my response: From the earliest days of the Church, there have been appointed certain prayers to be read at certain times (or certain Hours if you will). Read more about What are the Royal Hours?[…]

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Reflection on My Soul

My prayers are weak and ineffectual. They are diluted by the sinful state of my soul. It is only in His great mercy that God would condescend to hear them! I am possessed of the passions, egoism, pride and gluttony foremost. God permits me to pray for others so that I might fight against these Read more about Reflection on My Soul[…]

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