Category Archives: Sacraments and Rituals

The Cross leads us to Jesus Christ

This week marks the midpoint of Great Lent and on this middle Sunday of the Fast, we look forward to the Holy Cross. Later on, during Holy Week, the Cross reappears as an element in the remembrance of our Lord’s … Continue reading

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Breaking Ground

As you look around today you can see the artist drawings of our new walls and the outline of the new roof that will be our Church.  And we remember where we are now and realize how much has changed … Continue reading

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Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Exaltation of the Cross (Sep 27) St. John of Shanghai Before The Time of Christ, the cross was an instrument of punishment; it evoked fear and aversion. But after Christ’s death on the Cross it became the instrument and … Continue reading

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The Significance of the “Six Psalms” of the Orthodox Matins Service

Matins (also spelled Mattins, from the Latin, matutinae, “morning”), also called Orthros (from Greek, meaning “morning”, “dawn” or “day break”), is the longest and most complex of the daily cycle services. Matins is celebrated in the morning, unless it is … Continue reading

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The Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy is truly a heavenly service upon earth, during which God Himself, in a particular, immediate, and most close manner, is present and dwells with men, being Himself the invisible Celebrant of the service, offering and being offered. … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Communion

As a Priest I have become disturbed and distressed.  Why?  It is because of the lack of Orthodox Christians partaking of the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist during the Divine Liturgy!!  This lack of participation in receiving, weekly, the Divine … Continue reading

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Why not partake of the Divine Eucharist?

St Paul tells us: “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks [Gr. eucharistesas], … Continue reading

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Presanctified Liturgy

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: Its Meaning and Practice in Today’s World It is impossible to understand the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts – its ritual, origin, and necessity – without love for the Mysteries and for the practice … Continue reading

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Forgiving!

How to Forgive and How Not to Forgive Another myth is that forgiveness is possible only if it has been asked for. This is not at all the case. We forgive not for the other person’s sake – we forgive … Continue reading

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Lent is upon us

THE TRIODION Great Lent is the 40-day season of spiritual preparation that comes before the most important Feast of the Christian year, Holy Pascha (which means “Passover” and is commonly called “Easter”,). It is the central part of a larger … Continue reading

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