“The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.” – Blaise Pascal Imagine if somehow, through a miraculous occurrence, you’d be offered the chance to get what you want most out of life. Your heart’s desire. Right here, right now. Would you take it? No strings attached, no soul-selling required. But would you take it? Would […]
The most exciting moment in the history of sports was Game Six of the 1986 World Series. I guess that sucks for Buckner whose job, in the 9th inning of the game, was to ensure the game did NOT become the most exciting moment in the history of sports for fans of the other team.
“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.” —Dante Alighieri.
The Church is One. This is the first definition that the Church gave Herself in the Creed. One God, One Faith and One Church. In our current days for many people, this initial self-definition by the Church has become incomprehensible and even forgotten. The Church is one, but it has two parts: on earth its […]
For from death to life and from earth to heaven has Christ our God led us as we sing the song of victory: Christ is risen from the dead! (Hymn of Pascha) Great Lent is a spiritual journey. At the beginning of Lent, we began reading the Book of Genesis. We were expelled with Eve […]
CHRIST IS RISEN! This video is from our first Pascha in Greece (2008) at the Church of St. Anthony the Great in Thessaloniki. Fr. Theodore Zisis is the priest. This post is set to publish at midnight Newfoundland Time (at least it’s supposed to). Our little Holy Lady of Vladimir Mission, currently occupying a townhouse as a chapel […]
“The author of one of the new books on after-death experiences made a point of asking the opinion of various ‘sects’ on the state of the soul after death. Thus, he called a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and was given a very general opinion of the existence of heaven and hell, but was […]
A bit of history as to how and why St Mary of Egypt became the focus of one of the Sundays of Great Lent. As is well known, the themes of the Sundays of Great Lent changed through the centuries and earlier biblical themes were replaced by monastic figures as monasticism began to dominate the […]
“’Fasts and vigils, the study of Scripture, renouncing possessions and everything worldly are not in themselves perfection, as we have said; they are its tools. For perfection is not to be found in them; it is acquired through them. It is useless, therefore, to boast of our fasting, vigils, poverty, and reading of Scripture when […]
If reading alone, say first the following prayers: http://orthodoxfiles.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/order-for-reading-akathists-alone/ Kontakion 1 We glorify You, Heavenly Father, for You raise up sinners to sainthood in response to their repentance and from the boundless creativeness of Your compassionate and merciful ways. Whether we live in the depth of depravity or in the peace of prayer, You know […]