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HOLY PASCHA: The Resurrection of Our Lord
April 20, 2014
HOLY PASCHA: The Resurrection of Our Lord

We are exceedingly blessed this year to be celebrating Holy Week and Great and Holy Pascha with our new priest, Fr. Andre Paez, and his family.  

Please join us today for AgapeVespers at noon, and afterward at the Hart home for a BBQ. 

Christ is Risen!

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April 13, 2014
The Barren Fig Tree

Homily delivered at the Bridegroom Matins Service at the Chapel of Saint Sergius of Radonezh, April 13, 2014

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

In the Gospel reading we have just heard, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ offers 3 parables for our edification. The first parable speaks to us of the Fig tree which had leaves but was barren of any fruit. With this image, the Lord is rebuking those around Him who adorned themselves with the greenery of external piety but were devoid of inner virtue, as well as those who throughout history, had become slaves to the law and had not borne the fruit of the spirit.

 

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Third Sunday of Great Lent: The Cross
Third Sunday of Great Lent: The Cross

Today is the third Sunday of Great Lent and the day in which we adore the precious and life-giving cross of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ.   In life, if you do anything, if you're to be successful, then there are two main ingredients for this success. One is the knowledge of what you want, how you should do it -- you must have understanding.

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Christ's Death: A Rescue Mission, Not a Payment for Sins
Christ's Death: A Rescue Mission, Not a Payment for Sins

Every day, Christians pray "deliver us from evil," not knowing that the Greek original reads "the evil," that is, "the evil one." The New Testament Scriptures are full of references to the malice of the devil, but we generally overlook them. I think this is because our idea of salvation is that Christ died on the cross to pay His Father the debt for our sins. The whole drama takes place between Him and the Father, and there's no role for the evil one.

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The Meaning of the Great Fast
The Meaning of the Great Fast

'We waited, and at last our expectations were fulfilled', writes the Serbian Bishop Nikolai of Ochrid, describing the Easter service at Jerusalem. 'When the Patriarch sang "Christ is risen", a heavy burden fell from our souls. We felt as if we also had been raised from the dead. All at once, from all around, the same cry resounded like the noise of many waters.

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About the Orthodox Church
About the Orthodox Church

Historically, the contemporary Orthodox church stands in direct continuity with the earliest Christian communities founded in regions of the Eastern Mediterranean by the apostles of Jesus. The Orthodox Christian Church, also sometimes called the Eastern Church, or the Greek Orthodox Church, claims to have preserved the original and apostolic Christian faith. Figures for its worldwide membership are estimated at around 200 million.

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Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children
Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children

Nothing is ever so important then praying for your children. The answer and the hope always is spiritually rewarding when we pray for one another. The same goes for praying for your precious child(ren). When your children are even absent from you for the day or a period of time, remember to offer prayer on their behalf. 

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