Sunday sermon from July 7th - the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.
A sermon delivered on the Sunday of all saints, based on the Epistle reading from Hebrews 11:33-12:2.
Christ is risen!
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God. Amen.
Today we remember the patron saint of all believers – doubting and believing disciple and apostle Thomas. He is commonly called doubting Thomas, but I think that title sells him short and does him a disservice. He was a believing Thomas, and exactly because he was believing, he had some doubts. He wanted to believe only the truth, so his doubt helped him find it.
Sermon Father Aleksey delivered during the Pan-Orthodox Presanctified Liturgy at Christ the Saviour Orthodox Christian Church in Paramus, NJ.
The second Sunday of every Great Lent we celebrate the memory of Saint Gregory Palamas, who lived in a distant 14thcentury. He is widely considered to be the patron saint of Christians who practice silence and stillness in their life.
By the late Father Alexander Schmemann
A Homily delivered to the community at Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary on Forgiveness Sunday of 1983.
As once more we are about to enter the Great Lent, I would like to remind us – myself first of all, and all of you my fathers, brothers, and sisters – of the verse that we just sang, one of the stichera, and that verse says: "Let us begin Lent, the Fast, with joy."
Author: Father Justin Patterson
Source: Saint Athanasius Orthodox Church
In the English language, Orthodox Christians call the season of preparation before Pascha (Easter) “Great Lent.” The word “Lent” comes from an early English word indicating spring. Indeed, both the feast of Passover in the Jewish tradition and the feast of Pascha in the Christian faith, which is historically and theologically connected to the Jewish Passover, take place from towards the end of spring. For both the Jews and the Christians, these spring feasts herald the grace of God and, for Christians, Feast of Christ as the New Passover Lamb.
Rediscovering Ancient Christian Burial Customs for the Modern World.
How should Christian people prepare for death - their own and that of loved ones? No question can be more important than this, since death is the final reality of our earthly life.
Below are 14 links to the series of podcasts discussing death and burial from Orthodox Christian perspective.
Below you will find a report Fr Aleksey gave at the Annual Parish Meeting held on Sunday, January 27.
How psychology is being used as a weapon against children.
We know that technology is have an adverse effect on our children, but how is it really is?
Источник: Киевская Русь
Автор: Дарья Надеина
Практический самоучитель для делающих первые шаги или для уже забывших, что такое радость молитвы.
Есть темы, которые очень трудно поддаются описанию. Недаром один старец сказал: «Никто не может говорить о молитве, если он не молится. Если же он молится, у него нет ни малейшего желания об этом говорить».
Source: Translated by Bryson Sewell
I see a strange and novel mystery: shepherds sound all around my ears, not piping a barren tune, but singing a heavenly hymn. Angels are singing, archangels are dancing, the cherubim are hymning, the seraphim are glorifying, all are celebrating, since they see God upon the earth, man in Heaven. I see the One Who is on high lower because of His plan, the One Who is below on high because of His love for humanity.
Find time to listen or watch the podcast below.
There are many hot button topics in our society that cause confusion, anger, and even violence. This podcast is not going to solve any of them, but the discussion that takes place can help us get a better understanding at least of some things that are happening.
Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro join Dave Rubin for a discussion about religion, trans activism, censorship, the IDW, and more.
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Sunday sermon on the Gospel lesson from Luke 13:10-17
With the spread of smartphones and tablets, a few dangerous trends are also noticed - more and more people get addicted to their electronic devices, including an alarming number of children; and, more and more people indulge themselves in watching pornography, including an alarming number of children.
Have you ever heard someone claiming that Christmas has pagan roots? That Christians stole (!) a pagan feast and made it Christian (how dare they!?)?
It's popular #fakenews. No one stole anything from anyone, and nothing was adapted or adopted.
Below are two articles that do some myth busting.
Protopresbyter Serafim Gascoigne from the Holy Protection of the Theotokos Orthodox Church, Seattle, Washington, and Priest Sergei Sveshnikov, rector of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russian church in Mulino, Oregon answer Pravmir’s questions about the Nativity Fast and the Nativity celebration.
Fasting is not difficult if we live in an Orthodox family. In fact the external act of fasting from animal products is not difficult, for this is part of our daily liturgical life. On a spiritual level it is more challenging, especially with the demands that are made on us at this time of the year. I am referring to our ‘obligation’ to join in office parties or socialize with non-Orthodox friends. For those of us whose immediate family is not Orthodox, this poses a challenge on the physical level as well.
Source: The Catalog of Good Deeds
There is a remarkable story in the book Everyday Saints related to fasting. Russian monks came to the Caucasus during the Chechen War to hear confessions of the local Orthodox flock and to give them communion. The organizers of the trip decided to arrange a thank-you meal for the priests. They cooked a fabulous meal with smoking hot heaps of roasted lamb meat and other delicious dishes. When the monks learned about the “surprise”, they were shocked. First, monks don’t eat meat at all. Secondly, it happened during the Great Lent, or more precisely, during the stringent days of the Holy Week. What could they do? The author writes that the monks immediately realized that their refusal would be a horrendous insult for the hosts. So they ate meat and drank wine, and that meal was the most joyful feast of love in their lives.
Источник: Интернет Журнал Православие.фм
В книге «Несвятые святые» есть замечательный эпизод, связанный с темой поста. Во время Чеченской войны русские монахи приехали на Кавказ, чтобы исповедовать и причастить местных православных жителей. Организаторы поездки решили отблагодарить священников за труды. Тайком от отцов была приготовлена сказочная трапеза, с дымящимися грудами жареной баранины и прочими яствами. Узнав о «сюрпризе», монахи ужаснулись. Во-первых, монашествующие не вкушают мяса по обету. Во-вторых, на дворе стоял Великий Пост, а именно – суровые дни Страстной седмицы. Что делать? Как пишет автор, монахи мгновенно поняли: если они откажутся, то нанесут страшное оскорбление хозяевам. И они ели мясо, и пили вино, и это угощение было самой радостной трапезой любви в их жизни.
Source: Ancient Faith Ministries blog - Orthodox Reformed Bridge
Author: Robert Arakaki
Question: I have a question. Baptists and Pentecostals say infant baptism is not biblical. Do we find infant baptisms in the Bible? I heard someone say that this practice started around year AD 200. Where can I find the earliest teachings about infant baptism? When is the first time the early Fathers mentioned it? What does the Orthodox Church teach about this? How can a baby be “born again” with no personal faith before he/she has heard the Gospel being preached? Or what is the point of infant baptism? What difference is there between Catholic, Lutheran and Orthodox infant baptism?
Limitless and without consolation would have been our sorrow for close ones who are dying, if the Lord had not given us eternal life. Our life would be pointless if it ended with death. What benefit would there then be from virtue and good deed? Then they would be correct who say: "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!" But man was created for immortality, and by His resurrection Christ opened the gates of the Heavenly Kingdom, of eternal blessedness for those who have believed in Him and have lived righteously. Our earthly life is a preparation for the future life, and this preparation ends with our death. "It is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). Then a man leaves all his earthly cares; the body disintegrates, in order to rise anew at the General Resurrection. Often this spiritual vision begins in the dying even before death, and while still seeing those around them and even speaking with them, they see what others do not see.[i]
By Galena Rhoades
Don't slide into marriage; decide if he's the one.
Unless otherwise specified, the articles here are posted by Father Aleksey, who has no sense of humor and is extremely straight forward.