Church Teachings

Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself…

Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Mk. 8:34) “What does it mean to take up your cross? It means the willing acceptance, at the hand of Providence, of every means of healing, bitter though it may be, that is offered. Do great catastrophes fall on you? Be obedient to God’s will, as Noah was. Is sacrifice demanded of you? Give yourself into God’s hands with the same faith as Abraham had [...]

The Sarantaleitourgon 2018

On Τhursday, November the 15th 2018 will begin the fasting period for the Nativity of our Savior Jesus Christ. This is a period of preparation of the body and the soul for the coming of our Lord. But as our Lord instructed us, fasting has a special meaning when it is connected with prayer and almsgiving. For this reason, our church calls us for a fuller liturgical life. The ecclesiastical tradition has set for this period the daily celebration [...]

St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

On trials and temptations

Sacred Scripture connects the idea of trial (temptation) with the idea of reproof (exposure)! My son, do not despise the discipline of the Lord, nor despond when you are reproved by Him (Heb. 12:5). This is also evident from those previously quoted words of the Lord: Those whom I love I reprove and discipline (Rev. 3:19). Why is reproof connected with trial? It is because every affliction discloses the passions hidden in the heart and puts them in motion. Till trouble comes, [...]

Halloween and the Orthodox Christian

-With the feast of Halloween approaching, we are providing an article by Archpriest Victor Potapov published in Orthodox Heritage (vol. 03, issue 10) by the Brotherhood of St. Poimen in October of 2005. We hope that this article will not only enlighten our orthodox Christian brethren on this satanic celebration, but will also strengthen everyone, young and old alike, and especially the young parents and families striving to raise their children in a Christian Orthodox environment. May God give [...]

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The struggle of the departing soul

While the dying person addresses his last words to us, suddenly his tongue is at a loss, his eyes dim, his mouth falls silent, his voice is paralyzed when the Lord's troops have arrived, when His frightening armies overwhelm him, when the divine bailiffs invite the soul to be gone from the body, when the inexorable lays hold of us to drag us to the tribunal... Then the angels take the soul and go off through the air. There stand [...]

Gather frequently to celebrate God’s Eucharist

Try to gather more frequently to celebrate God's Eucharist and to praise Him. For when you meet with frequency, Satan's powers are overthrown and his destructiveness is undone by the unanimity of your faith. There isn't nothing better than peace, by which all strife in heavenly and earthly spirits is cast out. St. Ignatius the God-bearer, Epistle to the Ephesians, 13