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Was Jesus Married?

September 22, 2012 - Posted by  
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Was Jesus Married?

This past week, many media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, and many others ran a story about a small, incomplete Coptic manuscript fragment, presumably from the fourth century. Much of the media hype appears to be geared to help promote the Smithsonian Channel’s special on the fragment. Unfortunately, many of the media headlines about this manuscript—including the Smithsonian’s—have said “Fragment refers to Jesus’ Wife” or some variant. We know from all the canonical Biblical Gospels, the Epistles of St.  [Read more...]

Orthodoxy 101 set to begin at St. George on Wednesday September 12th!

Orthodoxy 101 set to begin at St. George on Wednesday September 12th!

Please make plans to join your parish family beginning on Wednesday September 12th after weekly vespers for our Orthodoxy 101 series! As Orthodox Christians we understand that learning about he most holy Faith is an unending a lifelong endeavor and that catechism doesn’t end when one enters the Orthodox Church. This instructional series weaves the essential topics of a proper catechesis into the story of salvation in human history and will take us through the end of the year an into Pascha of  [Read more...]

A Homily on the Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

July 31, 2012 - Posted by  
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A Homily on the Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

By St. Gregory Palamas Both love and duty today fashion my homily for your charity. It is not only that I wish, because of my love for you, and because I am obliged by the sacred canons, to bring to your God-loving ears a saving word and thus to nourish your souls, but if there be any among those things that bind by obligation and love and can be narrated with praise for the Church, it is the great deed of the Ever-Virgin  [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Fellowship

July 31, 2012 - Posted by  
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Orthodox Christian Fellowship

Beloved in Christ, As we near that time of year when we send our kids back to school it is appropriate for us to arm them with the spiritual tools they will need to succeed in their academic and personal careers. This is particularly true when our grown kids head out the door to university life. Few kids and even fewer parents are truly prepared for the challenges to faith our kids will experience once they’ve left the (hopefully) safe harbor of the  [Read more...]

Why Paraklesis Services?

July 24, 2012 - Posted by  
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Why Paraklesis Services?

Being a parent teaches one how and why to pray. I’m sure there are many other stations and situations in life that invoke a spirit of prayerfulness but for me the school of prayer began in earnest when our children started arriving. It was easier when they were very young and still under our roof, when a problem could be solved by a kiss on the forehead, a hug, a glass of milk, and a bedtime story. But as the children grew into  [Read more...]

The Orthodox Way of Life

July 17, 2012 - Posted by  
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The Orthodox Way of Life

By a Nun Abroad When asked by those interested to know more about Orthodoxy, the faithful often have recourse to such expressions as, “It’s hard to explain, one has to live it,” or “Orthodoxy is a way of life.” Perhaps we should try and expand on this truth. The difference in external behaviour between committed Orthodox and non-Orthodox is readily apparent. In worship the Orthodox cross themselves frequently, bow, make prostrations; they fast, kiss icons and relics—all of which appears strange to outsiders.  [Read more...]

Fatherhood and Faith – A Divine Partnership

Fatherhood and Faith – A Divine Partnership

By Fr. Athanasios C Haros “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence.” (1 Timothy 3.2-5) Summer comes along and the thought of spending time outdoors with our families and friends brings a warm feeling to our hearts. It’s no  [Read more...]

On Fornication (It’s Still A Sin)

June 5, 2012 - Posted by  
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On Fornication (It’s Still A Sin)

by Fr. Lawrence Farley It is still and forever a sin, but just as important, it destroys the soul. Our present secular culture has fixed a great gap between people of my generation (i.e. those from the Jurassic period) and modern young people. And this gap is most easily observed when looking at our divergent understandings of fornication. Indeed, I remember once giving instruction to a young (chaste) catechumen, and casually mentioning that the Church opposed fornication. The eyes of the young’un glazed  [Read more...]

The Days of Holy Week

April 10, 2012 - Posted by  
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The Days of Holy Week

Each day in Holy Week is devoted to a particular theme, and since they pass quickly, here they are for your meditation in advance. PALM SUNDAY: The Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Christian Faith, and celebrated with great honor. We commemorate his entrance into His saving Passion for us, and like the Apostle Thomas, prepare ourselves to “go and die with Him,” following the services of Holy Week which follow. A grand procession  [Read more...]

The Days Before Us

April 9, 2012 - Posted by  
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The Days Before Us

Each Day in Holy Week is devoted to a particular theme, all designed for us to draw closer to Christ, His Resurrection, and His Awesome and Dread Second Coming. Entering into the spirit of these parables and reminders from the Holy Scriptures makes Holy Week the most spiritually and liturgically intense period of the Christian year. Palm Sunday The Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Christian Faith, and celebrated with great honor. We commemorate  [Read more...]

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