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 ...

Let us answer His call

(The Twenty Eighth Sunday after Pentecost) Luke 14:16-24 Last week, brothers and sisters, I had two unexpected encounters here at our church. Both of them were, in some way, brought about by an unhappy turn of events. I interrupted my regular work activities twice on order to open up the church and witness the drama ...

Cursed is the one who trusts in man

Cursed is the one who trusts in man
(Jer. 17: 5) “Thus the Lord saith: Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.”  And still the Lord says: “Put no trust in princes, in children of Adam powerless to save.” (Ps. 146, 3) Thus the Lord has said to his ...

Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning

Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning
(Joel 2, 12) I do not know if it can be worse for us than it is now. That, worse, it seems to me that could only be finally destroyed. But God do not give us, to be witnesses of greater evil than this which has already happend to us. I also do not know, ...