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Nasty and ungrateful

13 hours 56 min ago

Elder Efraim, Arizona   ’Sweetest Jesus, you who were sinless God suffered so, so many injuries, so much contention, so many curses, and so much mockery from such a large number of people who hated you and bore you such ill-will. And you endured all that with tolerance, for my...

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It’s Not About Checking Boxes, and the One Challenge We Can’t Seem to Meet

Sat, 2020/11/28 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. And a ruler asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And...

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They’re people

Sat, 2020/11/28 - 8:30am

Saint Iakovos Tsalikis   People often cast aspersions against priests. But priests are people, as well. If one person makes a mistake in life, that doesn’t mean that everybody’s to blame. A priest might err, as well, but that’s not the fault of all other priests. ‘Don’t judge, that you...

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What Will the Angels and Saints Shout for You?

Fri, 2020/11/27 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the...

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Conversation with Archimandrite Zacharias Weeping. The Swiftness of the Spirit

Fri, 2020/11/27 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou   Weeping Question: Could we say that in the monastery everything happens purely because God is guiding the hearts of the other people? Answer: Everything will work out for salvation for those who love God (Rom. 8:28), for those who have the desire to repent and weep before...

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Don’t Forget to Say Thank You Often

Thu, 2020/11/26 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments and live; do not forget, and...

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Saint Stylianos, The Protector of Children

Thu, 2020/11/26 - 8:20am

Archimandrite Charalambos Vassilopoulos (†)   Saint Stylianos was born in Paphlagonia, Asia Minor, between 400 and 500. He was blessed even from his mother’s womb. As he grew up, by the grace of God he increasingly became a dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit. From childhood he displayed the rare qualities...

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We Need to Celebrate this Feast Every Day

Wed, 2020/11/25 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My...

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Saint Catherine and the Smart Impious

Wed, 2020/11/25 - 8:30am

James W. Lillie   What are we to make of Saint Catherine? We know really very little about her. Even her name is a mystery. According to some, she was originally called Damiani (by a happy coincidence the present Archbishop of Sinai and Abbot of the Monastery of Saint Katherine...

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St. Katherine—Wise and Willing

Tue, 2020/11/24 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Now before faith came, we were confined under the law, kept under restraint until faith should...

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On Not Despairing

Tue, 2020/11/24 - 8:30am

Saint Amfilokhios Bishop of Iconium Saint Amfilokhios’ feast day is the 23rd November There was another brother who, after sinning, repented and then withdraw into solitude. It happened, though, that he struck his foot on a rock and injured it so badly that blood came pouring out of the wound....

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The Divine Thanksgiving

Mon, 2020/11/23 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus...

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The Foolish Rich Man

Mon, 2020/11/23 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Gortyn and Megalopolis, Ieremias   1. I mentioned to you on another occasion, my Christian friends, that our Church, like the caring mother it is, uses this period of winter- when living conditions have always been difficult- to present us with Sunday Gospel readings that sharpen our awareness...

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Let YOUR Light Shine Through YOUR Unique Gifts

Sun, 2020/11/22 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be...

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Address on the Feast of Our Most Holy Lady – 2

Sun, 2020/11/22 - 8:30am

Archbishop Theofylaktos of Ochrid   This is today’s feast, the event we’re celebrating today, the escorting of the maiden to the Temple and her introduction into the Holy of Holies. What a strange event! What an astonishing thing it is that we hear! A little girl living in the fathomless...

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Are You Rich Towards God?

Sat, 2020/11/21 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. The Lord said this parable: “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he...

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Address on the Feast of Our Most Holy Lady – 1

Sat, 2020/11/21 - 8:30am

Archbishop Theofylaktos of Ochrid   Address on the Feast of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God, when she was taken by her Parents to the Temple All too often the “remembrance of the righteous which is accompanied by encomia” is an opportunity to censure the person praising if...

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Christ Invites Us to Be Fellow Citizens with the Saints

Fri, 2020/11/20 - 11:55pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages by Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. For He is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the...

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The Fear of God is Reverence for and Love of Him

Fri, 2020/11/20 - 8:30am

Metropolitan Athanasios of Lemessos   The Church is not opposed to the human body. This is why the Fathers were so careful not to damage their body with their ascetic efforts. They tried to submit it to the Holy Spirit and to God’s commandments, so as not to seek the...

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What Do You Do with Your Free Time?

Fri, 2020/11/20 - 7:28am

What would you do if you had years of free time? Yes, years. Not just a few hours a day, but years! Nothing to do. No need to work. Would you relax, have parties with your friends, or goof off? Or would you spend your time in a different way?...

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