And the hand of the Lord was with them

And the hand of the Lord was with them
Acts 11: 19 – 26; 29 – 30 talks about the first and, by all standards, most fruitful and joyful times of the Church of Christ. It was the time of zeal and flourishing, when all the people who believed were “of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things ...

Christ comes to the world to save the sinners

Christ comes to the world to save the sinners
Tim. 1, 15-17 Holy apostle Paul visited us with the most joyful message of encouragement and hope. “This saying is trustworthy  and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost.”(1. Tim. 1, 15) “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so ...

The blinds with the blinds (2)

The blinds with the blinds (2)
The demons, as the most skilled conman, in countless and unfathomable ways pull people into prelest. “He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den; He lies in wait to catch the poor; He catches the poor when he draws him into his net.” (Ps. 10, 9) “There are many who ascended into ...

The Blind with the Blind (1)

The Blind with the Blind (1)
…”when they, because of their pride, have contempt for others, speak poorly of them, yet keep that they are worthy, in their mind, to be pastors to the sheep and their teachers, they resemble a blind man wishing to show they way for other blind men.” St. Ignatius Bryanchaninov Perhaps the title is slightly harsh, ...

Let us do good to our neighbor – while there is still time

Let us do good to our neighbor – while there is still time
The 6th Sunday of the Great Lent that has just touched our lives is bordered by two resurrections. The first is the resurrection of a man, Lazarus and the latter is the Resurrection of God the Savior Himself. The Lord raised Lazarus from the dead and a week later, having trampled down death by death and ...

The relationship of christians with the authorities

The relationship of christians with the authorities
The words of the Gospel that we hear at holy liturgy on the fifth Sunday of lent are very thought-provoking. The theme of the Gospel (Mark 10:32-45) is as interesting as it is difficult for us Christians. It has to do with the relationship of Christians with authority, with all the human authorities of this ...

On eating moderately

On eating moderately
Mark 9:17-31 We are still in Lent, so Lent is what we will talk about. I would like to help increase the faith of those of you that are fasting, as well as remind you of the purpose of the fast which I also hope will help you successfully finish the fast. I also hope ...

Be on your gard, stand firm in your faith!

Be on your gard, stand firm in your faith!
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” (1.Kor. 16, 13) asks and encourages us the holy Apostle. The apostle Paul sends his appeal in a kind of alarming way as if there is to be a decisive battle, and therefore support and courage and steadiness are needed. The holy ...

Cheesefare Sunday – Forgive that you may be forgiven

Cheesefare Sunday - Forgive that you may be forgiven
Matthew 6:14-21 Soon is the beginning of Great and Holy Lent. The Sunday preceding to the Great Lent is the day of forgiveness. It is an old Orthodox custom to meet and greet one another on this day, to forgive all offenses and make peace, in order that we may begin the fast cleansed and lightened. Our ...

Make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts

Make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts
(Rom. 13 : 11 – 14 : 4) Just before the beginning of Great and Holy Lent our mother the Church, through the words of the holy Apostle Paul, reminds us that “now it is high time to awake out of sleep” (Rom. 13:11). The entire meaning of the fast is to make us sober ...