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The Beheading of St. John the Baptist »

August 29th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist The whole life of St. John the Forerunner, from its first days, was entirely dedicated to the One Who came after him. In the days of infant massacres in Bethlehem, he was also sought by Herod, and his mother Elizabeth fled with him into the desert, where she died on the fortieth day. About the same time, his father Zacharias was killed by […]

Fifth Thursday of Pascha. Saints Constantine & Helen, Equal-to-the-Apostles »

May 21st, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

This great and renowned sovereign of the Christians was the son of Constantius Chlorus (the ruler of the westernmost parts of the Roman empire), and of the blessed Helen. He was born in 272, in (according to some authorities) Naissus of Dardania, a city on the Hellespont. In 306, when his father died, he was proclaimed successor to his throne. In 312, on learning that Maxentius and Maximinus had joined […]

Figures of the Nativity—The Magi »

December 18th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis, December 13, 2018 Today we continue on our study of the “Figures of the Nativity” by speaking about the Magi, the last people to take part in the story. We are not told how many “Magi” came to worship Jesus. We have settled on three, since three distinct gifts were offered. We know that the Magi came from far away and followed a star for two […]

Presentation of Christ in the Temple »

February 2nd, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

A Homily on the Presentation of Christ in the Temple By a Parish Priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America From time immemorial, the human race had worshipped through the offering of sacrifices as an expression of fear. Bulls and goats were laid upon altars, offerings of grain and libations of wine were poured out by trembling supplicants before the powers of divinity. These offerings were but a percentage […]

The Seventh Day of Christmas. The Peril of Christmas. »

December 31st, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Peril of Christmas, by Father Leonidas Contos If we make the small effort to translate ourselves into the times which knew the historical Jesus, we are startled to discover how like our own times they were.  Certainly it was not an age of peace.  Like ours it was one of the oppressive tension and anxiety.  In the heart of the Jew there was always expectation, even hope, but these […]