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The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary (II) »

August 8th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

The circumstances of the Dormition of the Mother of God were known in the Orthodox Church from apostolic times. Already in the first century, the Hieromartyr Dionysius the Areopagite wrote about Her “Falling-Asleep.” In the second century, the account of the bodily ascent of the Most Holy Virgin Mary to Heaven is found in the works of Meliton, Bishop of Sardis. In the fourth century, Saint Epiphanius of Cyprus refers […]

Friday of the Third Week of Lent. By THIS All Men Will Know That You Are My Disciples »

March 17th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 (From the First Gospel on Holy Thursday Evening) Everyone lives busy lives. We even call our lives “crazy busy” at times. Christ knows that our lives […]

The Twelfth Day of Christmas. Live Right! »

January 5th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions and to live sober, upright and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. -Titus 2: 11-13 (Epistle from Liturgy of Epiphany) No one likes to be told to wait. We tend to want things, […]

The Thirty-Second Day of Christmas Advent. Be Not Afraid »

December 16th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

And they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, ”Be not afraid.” -Luke 2:9-10 Think about when you are most afraid. It’s when you don’t know the outcome of something. People feel fear before they take a test, particularly medical tests, because they don’t know what the outcome is going to be. People are afraid of the unknown, because they don’t have mastery of it and can’t […]

The Twenty-Fifth Day of Christmas Advent. Watching Your Flock Isn’t Always Glamorous »

December 9th, 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 Being a shepherd was certainly not a glamorous job. It involved herding a large number of sheep to go into a specific direction. Of course, the sheep don’t have the power of persuasion and reason that human beings have, so this was a tough task. Oftentimes the ratio of sheep could […]