January 9, 2015

Can I Pray for Anything I Want?

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Q. Is it okay to ask God for our preferences, yet praying for His ultimate will in the situation? I just want to be genuine in my heart and in front of God.A. In every aspect of our lives, we must seek the grace and help of God. Our Lord says, “Without Me, ye can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). In His love for us, God both commands us to pray and ask of Him every good …

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January 5, 2015

The Canticle (Praise) of the Holy Zacharias

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In the Gospel reading of the Fourth Sunday of the Holy Month of Koiak from Luke 1:56-80, we hear the words of the beautiful canticle (praise) uttered by the Holy Zacharias, the father of the Holy Forerunner, John the Baptist.We come across three amazing canticles at the beginning of the Gospel according to the Holy Evangelist Luke. All three speak of the blessedness of God and His great compassion in looking down upon us as …

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January 4, 2015

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

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The birth of St. John the Baptist, the last and greatest of the Old Testament Prophets, was the result of a miracle. As Holy Scripture tells us, in the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances …

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January 1, 2015

A Message for the New Year

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As we conclude one year and begin another, it is fitting that we focus on our calling as Christians to a life of holiness, a calling that is especially pronounced for us as servants. Consider the words of the Holy Apostle Paul:But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we …

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December 30, 2014

The Commemoration of the Holy Archangel Gabriel

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On December 31, our Mother, the Holy Chuch, celebrates the Commemoration of the Holy Archangel Gabriel, one of the seven archangels who stand before the Throne of God. He is the archangel who announced the Incarnation of the Son of God to the Most Holy Theotokos Mary and all of mankind. He also appeared to Zacharias to announce the birth of the Holy Forerunner, John the Baptist. Of himself, Gabriel said, “I am Gabriel, that …

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December 28, 2014

He Danced Before He Could Walk

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As part of our preparation for the Glorious Nativity of our Savior, our Mother, the Holy Church, nourished us today on the third Sunday of Koiak with the account of the visit of the Holy Theotokos Mary to her cousin, the Holy Elizabeth.In Luke 1:41, we read what happened when the Holy Theotokos greeted her: “And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was …

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December 26, 2014

The Holy Apostle Titus

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On 18 Kiahk, our Mother, the Holy Church, celebrates the Feast of the Relocation of the Relics of the Holy Apostle Titus from Crete to Constantinople.The Holy Apostle Titus was a Gentile, a pagan, and was well educated in Greek philosophy and literature. Tradition relates that he visited Jerusalem and there heard Christ preach, an experience that changed his life. Later, he was baptised by the Holy Apostle Paul and assisted him during his missionary …

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December 24, 2014

The Nativity Icon

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It was not until the bitter dispute over the Arian heresy that the Nativity of Christ was instituted as an independent Feast Day. The physical birth of our Lord becomes the principal issue in the controversy during the fourth and fifth centuries concerning the human and divine natures of Jesus. This thelogical opposition to the Church inspired artists to create imagery of Christ’s birth.It is surprising to see how the representation of the event of …

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December 24, 2014

Christmas and a Child’s Wonder

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Today, the world celebrates the birth of our Savior in the Gregorian calendar. How wonderful it is for one to be around children on this Feast, because Christ’s birth sanctified and blessed the birth of every human child. I am certain this is why children feel a sense of wonder during Christmas. It’s not simply about presents and parties. Instead, children feel an intimate connection with the Child Who was born in a cave in …

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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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