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December 24, 2014

The Life was made Manifest

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Who does not long passionately to know and experience this eternal life?It was this life that appeared incarnate when Christ was born in Bethlehem. Eternal life was revealed and seen and touched, after it had been concealed in the Father. But what is the value of this eternal life it is simply appeared once in Bethlehem two thousand years ago, and we look to it as a merely historical event? We must correct this view, …

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Tagged: Christmas, Feast of the Nativity
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June 2, 2014

Silence

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“If you love truth, love silence. This will make you illumined in God like the sun and will deliver you from the illusions of ignorance. Silence unites you to God Himself.” — St. John Climacus How often we find ourselves lost in the cacophony of the world. Its noise is of a special sort. It is a noise of confusion, a noise of profound dissatisfaction with things as they are, a noise fraught with the …

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June 2, 2014

Apathy

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“As for our religion … few of us really feel that the creeds we espouse are more important in giving shape to our ethical predispositions than are our own judgements. We certainly, at any rate, do not draw near to the ‘mystery of God’ with anything like the fear and trembling of our ancestors, and when we tire of our devotions and drift away we do not expect to be pursued, either by the furies …

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May 31, 2014

The Ascension and our Salvation

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Today, with great joy, we celebrate the Glorious Ascension of our Savior into the heavens. The Ascension was the last step of our salvation: in the OT, the sacrifice was not considered complete until the High Priest entered the sanctuary with the sacrificial victim. Today, our Savior, the true High Priest, enters the Sanctuary of Sanctuaries — Heaven itself — offering Himself as the sacrificial Victim, thereby completing His life giving work for us. As …

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May 11, 2014

Celebrating Motherhood

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Today, we celebrate motherhood, remembering and thanking our mothers for their loving self-sacrifice. We also remember the motherhood of the Holy Church, which is our home and the source of our nourishment. Finally, we remember the motherhood of the Most Holy Theotokos, who by her acceptance of God’s will and obedience, became the mother of all living. We thank God for this mystery of motherhood in every facet of our lives and pray that we …

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Tagged: Mother's Day, St. Mary, Theotokos, motherhood
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April 28, 2014

The Resurrection and the Commemoration of the Theotokos

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Today, with great joy, we continue to celebrate our Saviour’s Resurrection and the commemoration of His Mother, the Most Holy Theotokos St. Mary.In the context of the Resurrection, we remember that it was St. Mary’s consent and acceptance to the will of God in her life that led to the Resurrection and everything else in the Gospel. Without human consent, there is no salvation. Without her response to the angel, we would still be in …

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Tagged: Resurrection, St. Mary, Theotokos
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April 28, 2014

Mass Blinding by Television

Fr. Moses Samaan   ·   Quotes

Don’t glue yourselves before the television (or computer, smartphone, etc.). Don’t forget that the button is not only used to turn it on, but for us to turn it off, also. Guard yourselves from this means of mass blinding. – Elder Epiphanios

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April 25, 2014

Love v. Gossip

Fr. Moses Samaan   ·   Quotes

“Love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor” (Rom. 12:10), commands the apostle to those who cling to Christ. How can we say that we adhere to the meek and All-pure Christ, if we daily poison the air with tales about the sins and shortcomings of others? To conceal your own virtue and the shortcomings of others, this is the preeminent spiritual wisdom. – St. Nikolai Velimirović

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Tagged: Gossip, Love, Loving our Enemies
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April 24, 2014

The Resurrection Planted in our Flesh

Fr. Moses Samaan   ·   Quotes

‘Christ is risen!’ and ‘Truly He is risen!’ have been planted in our bones! Scholars may reject it, and expunge it from their theology, and demean it in their science, but to no avail–the Resurrection is planted in our flesh, in our blood and bones. Resurrection is not mere vision, contemplation, theory or logic: it is life. Resurrection, beloved, is the action of a new life in man. – Fr. Matta Al-Maskeen (Matthew the Poor)

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April 24, 2014

Why Palestinians Love St. George

Fr. Moses Samaan   ·   Links

This article from the BBC explains the popular piety of Palestinians (and most Middle-Easterners) towards the Holy Martyr, Prince George.

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Tagged: Piety, Spirituality, St. George
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