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12 Apr 2019

Sergei Khudiev

 

This week of Great Lent, the Church celebrates the memory of St. Mary of Egypt. The story of St. Mary is the story of a repentant harlot. Why does the Church find this story so important? Why does the...

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06 Apr 2019

GOSPEL Luke 1:26-38

 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David...

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23 Mar 2019

Spirituality of the Christian West and the Orthodox East

(Second Sunday of Great Lent)

 

All the deviations of the Roman Catholic confession from the ideals of the ancient, undivided Church could not but affect its spiritual life. M.V. Lodyzhensky, in the second...

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11 Mar 2019

The essence of Great Lent, which lasts six weeks and which leads us to Passion Week and to the Feast of Feasts, Pascha, can best be characterized as “sweet sorrow.”  During this time period, which is sorrowful and at the same time exalted, the image of man’s sinfulness,...

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01 Mar 2019

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Today, on our preparation journey towards Lent, we have come to the ultimate stage: we are confronted with judgment. If we pay attention to it, next week our spiritual destiny will be in our...

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23 Feb 2019

The theme of the 2nd Sunday of the period of preparation for Great Lent recalls the parable of the Prodigal Son.

The parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the most well known. Some of its expressions have passed into the ordinary, spoken language,...

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14 Feb 2019

 

          The Feast of the Meeting of the Lord is one of those holidays that we for the most part allow to pass by with little thought or reflection, without delving into what takes place on that great day.

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27 Jan 2019

Archbishop Nikon (Rklitsky)

(An abridged version of a sermon on the Lesser Consecration of the newly constructed lower part of our church, on Saturday, March 23/April 5, 1958.)

(…) Only here, in God’s church,...

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16 Jan 2019

The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the twelve great feasts, one which is celebrated with no less solemnity than is the Nativity of Christ. One might say that the Nativity and the Baptism are two related holidays comprising one single celebration, the Feast of Theophany, for together...

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14 Jan 2019

“The Lord of all endures circumcision, and He circumcises man’s sins, for He is good.” This is the meaning of today’s Church feast. The Circumcision was established by God and commanded through Abraham to all the chosen people of the Jews. It was a sign of entering into the...

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