Miscellaneous Thoughts

  • The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles was mankind’s first inspiration of breath from the Spirit of God. Remember Ezekiel’s prophecy about the valley full of human bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14...

  • The true beginning of the history of the church and its birth was on Pentecost, 33 A-D.

  • The descent of the Holy Spirit, the feast which this year we commemorate and experience again on the 11th of June, is an event which happened in a definite place and time.

  • On June 19, the Orthodox Church will commemorate a great event in human history – the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, an event the Church celebrates on the day of the Holy Trinity (...

  • In Old Testament [times], on the 50th Day following the Jewish Pascha, the Old Testament Pentecost would be celebrated.  It was pleasing to God that on the 50th Day after the Pascha of His...

  • In the deep mystery of a silent winter night, in a remote little provincial town located at the farthest border of an enormous Mediterranean Empire, God’s promise to save perishing mankind is...

  • We print an Orthodox priest's reworking of an unknown author's adaptation of the classic Christmas poem, 'Twas the Night before Christmas.

  • Abbot Nikon (in the world, Nikolai Nikolaevitch Vorobiev) was born in 1894 into a large peasant family, in the village of Mikshino, Tver Province. Ever since childhood, he excelled in seriousness...

  • Today we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. There has been no event in the history of the world more amazing than the Nativity of Christ.

  • "Thou, Who art the God of peace and the Father of compassions, didst send unto us the Angel of Thy great Counsel, granting us peace."

  • Pure is the present night, in which the Pure One appeared, Who came to purify us! Let our hearing be pure, and the sight of our eyes chaste, and the feeling of the heart holy, and the speech of...

  • Truly, God has been born as Man, on earth! Why? – “That we might live through Him” (I John 4: 9). For without the Incarnate God, the God-Man Lord Jesus Christ, human life is overall, a completely...

  • The Lord came to the Jordan, and was baptized of John not because he was in need of that cleansing, but so that He might fulfill all that was attributable to human nature, which He had assumed,...

  • As with all of the sacred events celebrated by the twelve great feasts, the Meeting of the Lord also is so rich in content that it is difficult immediately to grasp it. Let us dwell in thought...

  • On the fortieth day following the Nativity, the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, as was customary according to the Law of Moses, brought the Infant Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem, and Simeon and...

  • The mystery that transpired upon this day awes not only the human mind; it likewise astonishes all angelic, exalted minds.

  • O Lord, save Your people, and bless Your inheritance. Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians, over their adversaries. And by virtue of Your Cross preserve Your habitation!

  • In Thy light shall we see light. O continue Thy mercy unto them that know thee (Psalm 35:10­11).

    The Lord led up on Mount Tabor the closest of His disciples ­those who were able to...

  • On August 6/19, the Church celebrates the Transfiguration of Our Lord.  Although all believers in Jesus Christ undoubtedly celebrated this Feast in the early Church, today Western Christians...

  • “Lord, it is good for us to be here” - these words were uttered by Apostle Peter, when he, having been brought by Christ, along with his brethren, Apostles James and John, up on Mount Tabor, saw...

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