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Acts—The First Chapter of Church History

Sat, 2019/05/25 - 10:50am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking...

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Meeting with the Samaritan Woman (1)

Sat, 2019/05/25 - 8:37am

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Any encounter with Christ astonishes people. If you’re not astonished, you should ask yourself whether you actually encountered Christ, if you really felt His presence. This astonishment isn’t inexplicable, nor absurd, but rather it’s understandable and rational. It’s something...

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Orthodox digital media representatives meet in Cyprus to strengthen international cooperation

Fri, 2019/05/24 - 8:22am

Different representatives of Orthodox media outlets gathered in Cyprus from May 15 to May 19, 2019, to find ways of strengthening the international cooperation between Orthodox digital media specialists. The meeting was occasioned by the opening of the ‘Colours of Orthodoxy. Cyprus – Poland’ Exhibition organized by the OrthPhoto.net photography...

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The Difference Between a Program and a Ministry

Fri, 2019/05/24 - 5:51am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. And when this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you...

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The Choir and the Congregation Need to Sing Together

Thu, 2019/05/23 - 10:58am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. And it was the duty of the trumpeters and sings to make themselves head in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord,...

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This Holy Family Can be a Model for All

Thu, 2019/05/23 - 10:33am

Did you know that our Lord God knows you more than anybody else does? He knows you even more than your mother or father or your siblings or friends know you! And do you know something else? He knows you because He loves you, and He wants you to be...

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Non-exercised virtue disappears quickly

Thu, 2019/05/23 - 8:35am

Saint Gregory the Theologian   Virtue which is not exercised disappears quickly under the pressure of various circumstances. We have to be swift to move from evil to good, but inflexible as regards turning from good to evil. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network...

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“The depiction of the three persons of the Holy Trinity”

Wed, 2019/05/22 - 8:38am

Stamatios Sp. Zoulas, M.Sc. Theology’s, Teacher of Religions   The subject of the iconic approach of the Holy Trinity has especially preoccupied me here. And specifically the question whether, religiously wise, the depiction of the Holy Spirit in the classic icon of the Holy Trinity (in the past 350 years),...

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We Need Christ-Centered Youth Programs

Wed, 2019/05/22 - 5:30am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:  A time to be born, and a time to...

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Saint Constantine the Great

Tue, 2019/05/21 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Meletios Stathis   The very name of Constantine is enough to move the heart of any Greek Christian, not only today, but for very many years now, because it is associated with the legends of the nation, with “again, all in good time, it will be ours again”[1]. It...

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<p>Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team

Tue, 2019/05/21 - 5:30am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading for the Sunday of the Paralytic (Acts 9:32-42)

Mon, 2019/05/20 - 8:35am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles tell us of the great healing of Aeneas, the paralytic man from Lydda, and the resurrection of Tabitha, who was in nearby Joppa. The Apostle Peter used to go around the cities and villages from Jerusalem and...

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It’s Not Just About a Full Calendar

Mon, 2019/05/20 - 5:30am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies not doing any work. II Thessalonians 3: 11 This unit of...

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Sunday of the Paralytic

Sun, 2019/05/19 - 8:35am

Excerpt from a Homily by Saint John Chrysostom If someone’s really knowledgeable about gold mines, they wouldn’t be able to bear not examining the smallest vein for the wealth it contained. So, in the Scriptures, it’s impossible without loss to pass over the merest jot. We must investigate everything since...

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The Paralytic: Hope, Healing, and Heralding

Sun, 2019/05/19 - 2:52am

On the third Sunday after Holy Pascha we hear the story of Jesus healing the Paralytic at Bethsaida (John 5:1-15). This passage is taken from what Biblical scholars have designated as “The Book of Signs,” i.e. John 1:19 through John 12. It precedes “The Book of Glory,” which deals with Christ’s Paschal Mystery...

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Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis Has Departed This Life (part 3)

Sat, 2019/05/18 - 8:31am

Hieromonk Serapion of Simonopetra Monastery †   On the morning of 9 May 2019, Archimandrite Elder Aimilianos, former Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras on the Holy Mountain fell asleep in the Lord at the Holy Convent of the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Ormylia, Halkidiki. Biographical...

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Our intellect united with our heart

Fri, 2019/05/17 - 8:29am

Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou)   The purpose of the Christian life is for our intellect to be united with our heart, because then we’re cured. We’re made whole and we can turn to God with our whole being, fulfilling His commandments in a manner well-pleasing to Him. Source: pemptousia.com...

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The Virtues of Humility and Patience in Elder Ieronymos Simonopetritis

Thu, 2019/05/16 - 8:40am

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   In 1902, he wrote and set to music a service for Saint Efraim the Syrian and supplied other missing material, such as services for Saints Neofytos and Ioannikos, after whom his own elders were named, Saint Sofronios, the 99 saints in Crete, Saint Ieronymos, and Saint...

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Who healed you?

Wed, 2019/05/15 - 10:44am

Do you ever make lists so you can remember to do something? Maybe you see your parents write lists—for groceries, for appointments, for bills, and so on. They do that so they will remember to do something important, right? Well, today when we hear the Gospel, we can really try...

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New Martyr Vukasin of Klepci

Wed, 2019/05/15 - 8:43am

Our father among the saints, Vukašin Mandrapa of Klepci, was a Serbian Orthodox Christian from Herzegovina who was martyred by fascists during World War II for refusing to acknowledge the local nazi leader Ante Pavelic. Little is known about the life of Saint Vukasin. What is known about him is...

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