Return to Paradise »

February 18th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

Adam was driven out of Paradise, because in disobedience he had eaten food; but Moses was granted the vision of God, because he had cleansed the eyes of his soul by fasting. If then we long to dwell in Paradise, let us abstain from all needless food; and if we desire to see God, let us like Moses fast for forty days. (Third Troparion of the Praises, Matins of Forgiveness […]

The Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: The New Adam »

December 25th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Creator has come, raising up mankind from the earth, making His royal image new again! (Matins of the Feast, December 20, third hymn of the Praises) AT THE HEART OF THE FEAST of the Nativity is the proclamation that Christ has come to restore Adam to Paradise: Christ comes voluntarily to serve; the Creator now receives the image of impoverished Adam, enriching him with divinity, and granting him a […]

Third Friday after Pascha, Christ is Risen! »

May 9th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

Behind Closed Doors By Father Stephen Freeman The phrase, “behind closed doors,” has become synonymous in English with things being done in secret – generally of an unsavory or nefarious sort. Institutions speak of an “open door policy,” and promise “transparency” to those from the outside. Closed doors have always had a sense of secrecy about them. Sometimes the secrecy hides the darkness of evil, other times it protects us […]

Great Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Part I) »

April 10th, 2014    Posted in Daily Meditations

The first part of Great Week presents us with an array of themes based chiefly on the last days of Jesus’ earthly life. The story of the Passion, as told and recorded by the Evangelists, is preceded by a series of incidents located in Jerusalem and a collection of parables, sayings and discourses centered on Jesus’ divine sonship, the kingdom of God, the Parousia, and Jesus’ castigation of the hypocrisy […]

Twenty-Sixth Day of Christmas Advent: The Tree of Life Blossoms »

December 10th, 2013    Posted in Daily Meditations

In the hymns for the prefeast of Christ’s Nativity, Jesus’ birth heralds a return to paradise. The Messiah is born and the gates of Eden are opened. The Savior comes and the tree of life blossoms. Paradise is not a place on the map. It is a condition of spirit. When a person knows God and lives in communion with Him, this is paradise. When a person does not know […]