Advent

The Twenty-Third Day of Christmas Advent. The Message Is for Everyone »

December 7th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

And in that region there were shepherds out in the field keeping watch over their flocks by night. -Luke2:8 I’m sure during the period of the census in Bethlehem, there were people from all walks of life, all economic classes. There were well-to-do people who got the most expensive rooms in the most expensive inns, who rode the best donkeys and camels. With so many people descending on Bethlehem for […]

The Twenty-Second Day of Christmas Advent. The Life of St. Nicholas »

December 6th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

More than 1,600 years ago, in the year 270 AD, St. Nicholas was born not far from Myra, in what is now modern day Turkey. At that time, Orthodox Christians were persecuted for their faith. Many of them were tortured and executed because of their belief in Jesus Christ. Nicholas was taught by his parents to love the Lord with his whole mind, heart, soul, and with all his strength. […]

The Twenty-First Day of Christmas Advent. St. Savas the Sanctified, A Father of Desert Monasticism »

December 5th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

Saint Savas the Sanctified (439–532), a Cappadocian-Greek monk, priest and saint, lived mainly in Palaestina Prima. He was the founder of several monasteries, most notably the one known as Mar Saba. The Saint’s name is derived from the Hebrew meaning “old man”.  St. Savas was born at Mutalaska, near Caesarea of Cappadocia, the son of John, a military commander, and Sophia. Journeying to Alexandria on military matters, his parents left […]

The Eighteenth Day of Christmas Advent. Is There Room in Your Inn? »

December 2nd, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

And she gave birth to her first born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn. -Luke 2:7 In the Mexican culture, there is a Christmas-time tradition called Las Posadas. In this tradition, a couple dressed up as Mary and Joseph go from home to home, asking if there is any room at “the inn.” […]

The Seventeenth Day of Christmas Advent. His Purpose is Clear »

December 1st, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn. -Luke 2:6-7 If you look closely at many icons of the Nativity, you will notice that the manger is not a straw-filled wooden trough as we […]