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Greatmartyr Theodore the Tyro (“the Recruit”) »

February 17th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Holy Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit (Tyro) was a soldier in the city of Alasium of the Pontine district (northeast province of Asia Minor, stretching along the coast of the Euxine, i.e. the Black Sea), under the command of a certain Brincus. They commanded him to offer sacrifice to idols. Saint Theodore firmly confessed his faith in Christ the Savior in a loud voice. The commander gave him several […]

The Historical and Orthodox Saint Valentine »

February 14th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Dr. Alexandros K. Kyrou, February 14, 2015 Now a commercialized holiday celebrating modern Western courtship and romance, the ancient Christian origins of Saint Valentine’s Day are largely forgotten.  The actual Orthodox liturgical Feast Days of Valentinos (Greek)/Valentinus (Latin) commemorate two Early Christian saints, Saint Valentine the Presbyter of Rome (July 6) and Hieromartyr Valentine the Bishop of Intermna (Terni), Italy (July 30).  Although the historical records for these two […]

The Future of the Church »

February 13th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

We are living in an age that has witnessed changes on a massive scale as never before. The way we communicate has changed with the coming of the internet, with information available that would have required a library and advanced degrees to access in the past. Ideas and information are available that leave our youth with choices that were never available a generation ago. Moral norms have changed, with values […]

Prayer of the Heart in an Age of Technology and Distraction, Part 16 »

February 12th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Maximos (Constas) If I sit down to say the Jesus Prayer I will very quickly have certain kinds of thoughts running through my mind, usually very simple distractions such as “I think I left the oven on! I should leave my prayer and go check,” or “I forgot to call my mother,” or “I just got a great idea for a sermon!” All these superficial distractions are the […]

Hope in the Darkness: Two Kinds of Darkness »

February 11th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

Darkness is a good and necessary teacher. It is not to be avoided, denied, run from, or explained away. First, like Ezekiel the prophet, we must eat the scroll that is “lamentation, wailing, and moaning” in our belly, and only eventually becomes sweet as honey (see Ezekiel 2:9-10; 3:1-3). By the time most people reach middle age, they’ve had days where life has lost its meaning, they no longer connect […]