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THE MEANING OF THE GREAT FAST (Part II) »

March 10th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Mother Mary and Bishop Kallistos Ware One reason for this decline in fasting is surely a heretical attitude towards human nature, a false ‘spiritualism’ which rejects or ignores the body, viewing man solely in terms of his reasoning brain. As a result, many contemporary Christians have lost a true vision of man as an integral unity of the visible and the invisible; they neglect the positive role played by […]

THE MEANING OF THE GREAT FAST (Part I) »

March 9th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Mother Mary and Bishop Kallistos Ware ‘We waited, and at last our expectations were fulfilled’, writes the Serbian Bishop Nikolai of Ochrid, describing the Easter service at Jerusalem. ‘When the Patriarch sang “Christ is risen”, a heavy burden fell from our souls. We felt as if we also had been raised from the dead. All at once, from all around, the same cry resounded like the noise of many […]

PASSIONS AND VIRTUES: The Prayer of St. Ephrem (Part III) »

March 4th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

There are four different Greek words for love: agape (brotherly love), eros (sexual love), philia (friendship), and storge (compassion). The word usually used for Christian love—love for God and our fellow human beings—is agape. However, the other three words can also be applied to Christian love. Philia There is an interesting passage in the Gospel (John 21:15-17) when Christ asks Peter three times, “Do you love Me?” and Peter replies, […]

PASSIONS AND VIRTUES: The Prayer of St. Ephrem (Part I) »

March 2nd, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

Let us set out with joy upon the season of the Fast, and prepare ourselves for spiritual combat. Let us purify our soul and cleanse our flesh; and as we fast from food, let us abstain also from every passion. Rejoicing in the virtue of the Spirit, may we persevere with love, and so be counted worthy to see the solemn Passion of Christ our God, and with great spiritual […]

WHY DO WE SING THE AKATHIST HYMN EVERY LENT? »

February 26th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Akathist Hymn is a service full of poetry and theology in praise of the Mother of God, the Theotokos. Thus today’s Gospel reading takes us back to Christmas, to the good news that was given to the Theotokos that she would bare God in her womb and become His mother. This is another feast we celebrate every Lent, on the 25th March, the Annunciation. But why do we sing this […]