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May 19, 2015

The Feast of the Great Syrian Ascetic, the Holy Simon the Stylite

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On this day in the Coptic calendar, Pashons 11, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Simon the Stylite. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, he is known as Symeon the Stylite and his feast is celebrated on September 1. He was a 5th c. Syrian saint who is remembered for living as a hermit atop a pillar for an astounding 45 years.In the Coptic Synaxarion, the entry for the feast of his departure reads as …

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May 18, 2015

Asking the Father in the Son’s Name

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In the Holy and Divine Liturgy, we observe within many prayers the structure of supplicating and petitioning God the Father in the Name of God the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps the most common example of this in the Anaphora of St. Basil is the Prayer of Thanksgiving in which we give thanks to God the Father “for every condition, concerning every condition, and in every condition.” At the end of this prayer, the …

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April 30, 2015

The Great and Holy Martyr George, the Prince of the Martyrs

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This glorious and victorious saint was born in Cappadocia, the son of wealthy and virtuous parents. His father suffered for Christ, and his mother then moved to Palestine.When George grew up he entered the military, where he attained, in his twentieth year, the rank of tribune, and as such he was in the service of the Emperor Diocletian.When Diocletian began his terrible persecution of Christians, George came before him and courageously confessed that he was …

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April 30, 2015

Seeking Asceticism during the Holy and Joyful Fifty Days

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Advice to those who are struggling with living an ascetic life in the Holy and Joyful Fifty Days:1. Practice breathing while praying the Jesus Prayer.2. Eat without filling yourself (no seconds!)3. Don’t be lazy and lie about in front of any type of screen (TV, phone, tablet, etc.) If you wish to rest, pick up your Holy Scripture or a spiritual book and exercise your spirit.4. Remember the day of your death constantly and the …

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April 30, 2015

All Truth Emanates from Christ

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Whatever things were rightly said among all men, are the property of us Christians. For next to God, we worship and love the Word who is from the unbegotten and ineffable God, since also He became man for our sakes, that, becoming a partaker of our sufferings, He might also bring us healing. For all the writers were able to see realities darkly through the sowing of the implanted word that was in them. For …

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Tagged: Creation, Holy Justin Martyr, Logos, Truth
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April 29, 2015

Unity in Prayer

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Before all things, the Teacher of peace and the Master of unity would not have prayer to be made singly and individually, as for one who prays to pray for himself alone. For we say not My Father, which art in heaven,” nor “Give me this day my daily bread;” nor does each one ask that only his own debt should be forgiven him; nor does he request for himself alone that he may not …

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April 23, 2015

A Homily on Modesty and Purity

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, instructing His disciples and apostles, imbued in them the necessity of observing purity of heart and thought. From the thought and from the heart proceed our sinful impulses: “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart,” says the Saviour; “and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses, blasphemies” (Matt. 15:18-19). The Saviour pointed to …

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Tagged: Chastity, Fashion, Lust, Modesty, Morality, Purity
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April 20, 2015

The Doubt of Thomas and the Heavenly Angels

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The only begotten Word of God ascended in the heavens with His flesh united to him, and this was a new sight in the heavens. The multitude of holy angels was astounded seeing the King of Glory and the Lord of Hosts in the form like unto us. And they said, “Who is this that comes from Edom (that is, from earth) in crimsoned garments, from Bosor?” But Bosor is interpreted flesh or anguish and …

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April 15, 2015

No Cremation!

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Treat this body with care, I pray you, and understand that with this body you will rise from the dead to be judged. But, if any thought of doubt should steal into your mind, as though the thing were impossible, judge the things unseen from your own experience. For tell me—just think where you were, you, yourself, a hundred or more years ago. From what an extremely small and mean substance have you come to …

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April 14, 2015

How to Pray?

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Moreover, when we stand praying, beloved brethren, we ought to be watchful and earnest with our whole heart, intent on our prayers. Let all carnal and worldly thoughts pass away, nor let the soul at that time think on anything but the object only of its prayer. For this reason also the priest, by way of preface before his prayer, prepares the minds of the brethren by saying, “Lift up your hearts,” that so upon …

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