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The Holy Angels: An Orthodox Perspective

Our Holy Bible starts with this sentence: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. By Heaven is meant not an empty space beyond our space, but the living world of invisible spirits. Thus, the above sentence could be phrased in other words: In the beginning God created the invisible and the visible world, as it is said in the first...
Give thanks in all circumstances!

“Give thanks in all circumstances!” This was the response that an amazing prisoner gave me, when I asked him how he maintained such a grateful spirit inside the medium security prison where he lived. I met this man during my weekly visits to a prison during my seminarian years. During our friendship that developed, this man shared that he was serving a life sentence...
On giving thanks to the Creator

Giving Thanks As thou takest thy seat at table, pray. As thou liftest the loaf, offer thanks to the Giver. When thou sustainest thy bodily weakness with wine, remember Him Who supplies thee with this gift, to make thy heart glad and to comfort thy infirmity. Has thy need for taking food passed away? Let not the thought of thy Benefactor pass away...

Christian Gratitude: A fundamental hallmark of Orthodox Spirituality

The text of this article, translated from the Greek, is taken from an address by Father Cyprian, a brother of the Holy Monastery of Sts. Cyprian and Justina in Fili, Greece, and Secretary of the Holy Synod in Resistance. It was delivered on October 4, 1999, at the convocation held annually at the Novotel Convention Center, in downtown Athens, to honor the Name...
Dispelling confusion about fasting during Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day has a very significant role in American families because it is one of the few times a year that the family gets together. Thanksgiving Day is also called a Turkey day because it usually involves a meal with turkey or at least a more elaborate meal. Most American Orthodox Christians started the Nativity Fast on November, 15. How can an Orthodox...
Interview with Matushka Larisa: The obedience of serving in the city hospitals

Matushka Larisa, what was the beginning of your obedience serving in the city hospital? It started with two young women. One of them gave up studying in the university and began to work as a nurse. The second one finished her studies, but came to a...

12 Suggestions on how to raise an Orthodox Christian, and, possibly, a saint.

When the child is yet young, begin to train him/her in sympathy and consideration for others and in unselfishness. By these means he/she will grow up to understand that the material things of this world are not the most important things for Orthodox Christians. Your life-style and example will be the greatest influence on your child in this matter...
Akathist to Archangel Michael 

Kontakion 1:  Chosen captain of the heavenly hosts and defender of mankind, we - delivered by you from afflictions -offer this hymn of thanksgiving, and do you standing before the throne of the King of Glory set us free from all distress that we may cry to you with faith and love: Rejoice, Michael, great chief captain with all the hosts of heaven!...
Sheepskin Coats: A heartwarming Christmas miracle story

In December of 1991, right before the New Year while I was sick, our community church council had gathered in my home to discuss certain matters. In that moment, we received a call from our local hospital and they asked us... 

Why do we burn incense in the Orthodox Church?

In our Orthodox church, we burn incense in a metal vessel that hangs on three chains and has a sliding cover to regulate the burning of charcoal. The whole apparatus is called a censer or thurible. On the chains are twelve small bells, signifying the Disciples. We put grains of incense on burning charcoal in the censer with a prayer, “We offer thee...



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