Old Testament

The Fourth Day of Christmas. The Fiery Furnace of Christmas. »

December 28th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Stephen Freeman, December 24, 2006   The three youths, wise in God, who shone with joy in the furnace, proclaimed the birth of Christ on earth; For just as the Lord sent down a precious dew, He preserved from the flame her who gave birth; He keeps her undefiled and enriches her with divine gifts. Therefore Daniel, pleasing to God, rejoiced and was glad, For having foreseen the […]

Call No Man Father »

October 22nd, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Abbot Tryphon, October 31, 2019  And do not be called teachers “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted (Matthew […]

Elder Porphyrios: Peace of Heart is Established Little by Little »

October 20th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

Your constant care should be not to let your heart become agitated or troubled, but to use every effort to keep it peaceful and calm. Seeing your efforts and endeavours, God will send you His grace and will make your soul a city of peace. Then your heart will become the house of comfort as is allegorically expressed in the following Psalm: ‘Jerusalem is builded as a city’ (Ps. cxxii. […]

Wrestling with God »

September 25th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, August 29, 2015  One of the most interesting stories in the Old Testament is found in Genesis 32. There we hear the story of Jacob wrestling with God. Or is it the story of Jacob wrestling with an angel? Jacob had to face his brother Esau the next day. His anxiety comes through even in that ancient account. The text says that Jacob wrestled “with a […]

The Dormition of the Mother of God »

August 15th, 2020    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Stephen Freeman, August 14, 2007 In giving birth you preserved your virginity, In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos. You were translated to life, O Mother of Life, And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death. Troparion of the Feast – Tone 1 It is easy to be put off by Orthodox devotion to the Mother of God when coming at Orthodoxy […]