January 18, 2020

As we commemorated St Anthony this past week I thought it worthwhile to look at one of his sayings:

Our life and our death is with our neighbor.

If we gain our brother, we have gained God,

but if we scandalize our brother, we have sinned against Christ.

How often do we t...

January 4, 2020

It is a sort of happy coincidence that on the civil calendar the New Year begins in the midst of the Church season when we are keeping the feasts that celebrate the birth of the Lord, His circumcision, baptism, and finally His meeting in the temple on February 2. This...

December 20, 2019

For the past couple of weeks we have been comparing the hymns before Christmas with another set of hymns which inspired them, those of Holy Week. Let’s continue that exploration with the canon of Holy Saturday, ode 1, verse 2. 

Beholding Thee upon the throne on high and...

December 14, 2019

Last week we noted that the hymnographers who composed some of the hymns for the forefeast of Nativity deliberately modeled them on the hymns of Holy Week, in several instances borrowing directly from those hymns of the Passion but setting them in the context of the bi...

December 7, 2019

One of the ways that we can prepare for the upcoming feast of our Lord’s Nativity is through pondering the hymns of the feast. When we look at these hymns, particularly those of the forefeast (the days leading up to the Nativity), we discover something very interesting...

November 23, 2019

It’s Thanksgiving, that time of year when we are reminded to be thankful for all of the good things in our life - family, health, a job, freedom...to be thankful, in short, that our lives are not like those of so many others. “There but for the grace of God go I,”we so...

November 9, 2019

I had a vision a few weeks ago. I don't mean a full-fledged, “pull back the curtain, transported to Heaven” vision. But I did have a sort of vision a few weeks ago when I was visiting Dormition Monastery in Michigan. It was a vision of something that is always happenin...

November 1, 2019


 

We spend much of our childhood, and particularly our teenage years, waiting impatiently to grow up. Observing the privileges and liberties of grownups, we simply cannot wait to join their ranks and leave behind the seeming confines of childhood and youth with all of...

October 27, 2019

Many people, like Job’s wife, base their theology on their circumstances. Job’s wife, seeing what was happening to Job, decided that God had abandoned him and cursed him. God, for her, was not unlike the gods of the nations, fickle, given to his own whims, his predomin...

October 27, 2019

We often hear the phrase, “Everything happens for reason.” For example: “I lost my job, but then I got a better one. Everything happens for reason.” Or, “I got sick but it caused me to slow down and spend more time with my family, so I guess everything happens for a re...

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