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Role and Function of the Priest

…” In the description of the spiritual and monastic life, that must shine forth in the life of the hieromonk, we read, “Thou didst make the desert thy dwelling-place and become an angel in the flesh, and wonder-worker. Through fasting, watchfulness and prayers, thou hast obtained from God special gifts to heal the sick and sanctify the souls of those who run to thee with faith.” In the troparion of the two saints, Dionysios and Hierotheos, the two…

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St. Paul

aried styles of communication St. Paul would have a field day with his extensive contacts for the growth and development of the Church. The awesome ease of electronic communication would hold spellbound this inveterate letter writer of the New Testament and master evangelizer. However, the demanding and rigorous conditions of letter writing in St. Paul ‘s day in no way diminished his passion for this labor of love. In the beginnings of Christiani…

 
Bethlehem, Receive Mary, the City of God

THE AMERICAN SHOPPING SEASON is at hand. Some people will spend it jostling for bargains; others will pass the time lamenting the commercialization of Christmas. The Eastern Churches, on the other hand, encourage their faithful to prepare for this feast by fasting. Each of these Churches has a pre-Nativity Fast, but each Church observes it to a different degree. Like the feast of Christ’s Nativity itself, this fast originated in the West. In ad…

 

THE AMERICAN SHOPPING SEASON is at hand. Some people will spend it jostling for bargains; others will pass the time lamenting the commercialization of Christmas. The Eastern Churches, on the other hand, encourage their faithful to prepare for this feast by fasting. Each of these Churches has a pre-Nativity Fast, but each Church observes it to a different degree. Like the feast of Christ’s Nativity itself, this fast originated in the West. In ad…

 
The Journey To Bethlehem

THE AMERICAN SHOPPING SEASON is at hand. Some people will spend it jostling for bargains; others will pass the time lamenting the commercialization of Christmas. The Eastern Churches, on the other hand, encourage their faithful to prepare for this feast by fasting. Each of these Churches has a pre-Nativity Fast, but each Church observes it to a different degree. Like the feast of Christ’s Nativity itself, this fast originated in the West. In ad…

 
The Fast of the Theotokos

SUMMER, IN OUR WORLD AT LEAST, is traditionally a time for sun and fun: cookouts, the beach, pool parties and the like. Yet in the midst of summer – in the week which has been compared to the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning – we are called to fast. The first two weeks of August are observed in the Byzantine Churches as the Fast of the Theotokos, in preparation for the feast of her Dormition on August 15. In the early…

 
Fasting With the Apostles

“AFTER THE LONG FEAST OF PENTECOST, fasting is especially necessary to purify our thoughts and render us worthy to receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit … Therefore, the salutary custom was established of fasting after the joyful days during which we celebrated the resurrection and ascension of our Lord, and the coming of the Holy Spirit” (from a sermon of Pope St. Leo the Great, +461). The fifty days of feasting from Pascha to Pentecost is fol…

 

…l the parishes of our Patriarchal Church everywhere, through this brief letter at the beginning of blessed Great Lent. We thank God, who has granted all Christians today in our Arab countries and throughout the whole world to fast together this year and to celebrate afterwards the Great Feast of Pascha together. And we hope that what is imposed on us by astronomic reckoning may be granted to us by the grace of God and thus, our hearts will be fil…

 

…sised in the preface to the (Arabic) booklet entitled, Eastern Prayers for the season of Great Lent, as can be seen from the following extract, “The prayers of this booklet are a guide for the way of bodily repentance through fasting, abstinence and self-control, and the ways of spiritual repentance (metanoia), according to what our conscience, illuminated by the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, inspires. These practices are aimed at sanctifying soul…

 

…, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1: 3) Solidarity in Faith and Charity February 2013 Come ye faithful! Let us work the works of God in light. (Friday Vespers, First Week) While fasting with the body, brethren, let us also fast in spirit. (Wednesday Vespers, First Week) Solidarity in Faith and Charity Through these and many similar words, the voice and words of our holy Fathers, our Mother Church ex…

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