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On Self-Restraint

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Book of the Elders   Some monks from the skete set out to visit Abba Anthony. So they got on a boat and there found another Elder who also wanted to go the same place. The brothers didn’t know him, though. Sitting amidships, they talked about the sayings of the...

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  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star appeared; and he sent them to Bethlehem saying “Go and search diligently for...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: What Do You Mean Santa Isn’t Real?

Mon, 2018/12/10 - 2:38pm

Do you remember your childhood when you believed in Santa Claus? Do you remember that excitement you felt Christmas Eve in anticipation of what was to come the next day? I remember one Christmas Eve, when I was about 6 or 7, sitting in my bedroom with my brother and...

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The Virgin Mary

Mon, 2018/12/10 - 8:35am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.  Luke 2:19 Good morning Prayer Team! Obviously, the central figure in the Nativity story is Christ Himself, the Logos...

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Human Tape-recorders

Mon, 2018/12/10 - 8:30am

Saint Paisios the Athonite   Because of so much reading, people today have ended up as tape-recorders and their cassettes are full of superfluous things. But according to Abba Isaac, teaching without action is a ‘repository of shame’. You see, lots of people who are interested in sports read sports...

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Saint Anthimos, the Fool for Christ (+1867)

Sun, 2018/12/09 - 8:30am

Saint Anthimos was from Sofia, Bulgaria, where he was a married, parish-priest. In 1841, after his wife reposed, he went to Mount Athos and was tonsured as a monk at Simonopetra Monastery. He began to act like a fool for Christ in order to hide his spirituality and closeness to...

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We Are Not Saved (or Condemned) by the Rules, but by Our Faith and Conduct

Sun, 2018/12/09 - 8:27am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. 10th Sunday of Luke Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who had had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was...

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Let’s not be overwhelmed

Sat, 2018/12/08 - 8:30am

Saint Ambrose of Milan   ‘Don’t let us fall into temptation that we can’t withstand’. As if we were athletes wishing to compete and asking for the strength to resist our opponent, which in this case is sin. The Lord, Who took our sins upon His shoulders and forgave our...

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An Important Turning Point

Sat, 2018/12/08 - 8:18am

  Listen Now We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman.  But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the...

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The Angels

Fri, 2018/12/07 - 8:37am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among...

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True Knowledge of God and of the Self

Fri, 2018/12/07 - 8:30am

Saint Justin Popovich   An excerpt from Put Bogopoznanja (The Path to Knowledge of God) Only the nous that has been cleansed of the passions and the darkness of sin and has been sanctified by the Grace of the Holy Spirit is in a position to sense and conceive of...

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Saint Nicholas, the Saint of the Seas

Thu, 2018/12/06 - 8:30am

Alexandros Christodoulou   Saint Nicholas was born at the south-east corner of Asia Minor, in the town of Patara, in the 3rd century (at the time of the persecutions of Diocletian and Maximian) of devout and rich parents, who had been childless for many years. From an early age it...

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St. Nicholas

Thu, 2018/12/06 - 8:29am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Real Santa Claus And Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea...

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Breaking out of jail

Wed, 2018/12/05 - 10:18am

Have you ever played police, or capture the flag, or freeze tag? Do you remember the feeling when you get out of jail, or when you get unfrozen? You’re free! In today’s epistle reading, Saint Paul reminds us that we are free now too. We know that our Lord, Jesus...

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Faith as a Prerequisite for Salvation, in the Prophet Habakkuk and the Apostle Paul

Wed, 2018/12/05 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Spyridon Lontos   The prophet Habakkuk [1], one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament, lived in Palestine in the 7th century B.C., at a time before the southern kingdom was conquered by the Babylonians (587) and lost its religious centre, the Temple of Solomon. In his...

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The Shepherds

Wed, 2018/12/05 - 7:24am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. The Shepherds And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  Luke 2:8 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they...

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Syrian Saints: Barbara of Heliopolis & John of Damascus

Tue, 2018/12/04 - 8:30am

James W. Lillie   The Holy Great Martyr Barbara lived and suffered during the reign of the emperor Maximian (305-311). Her father, Dioskoros, was a rich pagan, a prominent citizen in Ilioupolis in Syria. After the death of his wife, he devoted himself to the upbringing of his only daughter....

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We Have to Be Prepared at All Times

Tue, 2018/12/04 - 7:51am

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. St. Barbara/St. John of Damascus “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were...

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The Innkeeper

Mon, 2018/12/03 - 2:01pm

  Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Figures of the Nativity And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered.  And she gave birth to her first born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths,...

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Sermon on the Apostolic Reading – 14th Sunday of Luke (Ephesians 6:10-17)

Mon, 2018/12/03 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   In this Apostolic reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, we see an inspiring description of the suit of armor a Christian needs for warfare. Of course, the kind of example that St. Paul is presenting is a spiritual one, aimed at effectiveness in...

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