Have you come here to torment us before the time?

Matthew 8:28-34 “There met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.” (Matthew 8:28) St. Mark adds to this description of the demon-possessed men and says that one of them “had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled ...

On priesthood

On priesthood
Matthew 4:18-23) Holy Gospel reading places us again and again, before the great and wonderful mystery of priesthood. In one, insignificant and sinful man, two extremes seem to clash. Extremes which are difficult to fathom for the human mind. Such a man is called to the holy and most sublime rank of priesthood, he is ...

Take heed to yourself and to all the flock

(Acts 20 : 6–18 ; 28–36) Usually apostolic readings are directed from priests to the faithful people. The epistle is read so that the faithful people of God may learn and become closer to the Lord. But sometimes, you see, the holy epistle is dedicated to  the shepherds of the Lord’s flock, so that they may ...

The priests administer to the Church first

The priests administer to the Church first
The first six chapters of Acts are an excellent lesson in catechism. We were able to learn a great deal about the birth, growth and spreading of Christ’s Church from just seven verses of the sixth chapter of Acts. The holy Apostle Luke, author of the Acts of the Apostles, takes us on a journey to the ...

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearers – A virtous woman is worth far more then pearls

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearers - A virtous woman is worth far more then pearls
Praised be the Lord, today there are also good and honourable women who walk the sacrificial path of Mary and Martha. This path is not an easy one, especially today, when everything has a price attached to it. Everything is for sale, as is sadly the human body. We know that it was never easy ...

Wives, be submissive to your husbands

In dull language of sociology, submissiveness is defined as “readiness of an individual for submission to a stronger, more dominant, higher in hierarchy”, (Ivan Vidanović, Dictionary of Social Work), and in the sense of God’s will submissiveness is love. However, this term is very unpopular, vulgar and rough to ears of a contemporary man. Today, ...

Husbands, love your wives

Husbands, love your wives
“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the Church.” (Eph. 5, 22-23) Does this mean that the husband is the absolute master, inviolable and untouchable within his power? We shall see that the things ...

Priests and politics

Priests and politics
This is the age of politics. Suppressed and concealed for decades, the public opinion has now gushed out from our people and it seems that everyone is engaged in some sort of politics, regardless of their age; they found their own political parties and seek supporters everywhere. There’s a lot happening within the freedoms that ...

Orthodoxy and our role in it

Orthodoxy and our role in it
The first Sunday of Great and Holy Lent is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy. At Divine services we listen to the story of the first gathering of the disciples around Christ. The Lord says of one of them, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit.” (John 1:47) Why is this particular gospel ...

Lent

Lent
Matthew 6:14-21 The Great and Holy Lent is about to start. The Cheesefare Sunday 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 Lord Jesus ...