The Orthodox Concept of Gender

The Orthodox Concept of Gender
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:” (Col.3:5) The message; sober and cautionary, comes from St. Paul’s message to the head of the Christians in the city of Colossae, in Colossians Chapter 3;  “is ample food for the soul not just for ...

Care of Church Properties

Care of Church Properties
Question relating to the manner of acquisition of Church property often strike us with their timeliness. In fact, for many of us, much about this sphere is unclear; indeed for some of us is so because we do not wish to have these questions clarified for us. Things are, to a large degree, complicated by ...

I will not be brought under the power of any thing

I will not be brought under the power of any thing
(1 Cor. 6 : 12-20) Through the words of the Apostle the Church instructs us to be moderate and chaste in all things.  “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” (1 Cor. 6:12). ...

Thou shall not commit adultery

Thou shall not commit adultery
(1 Cor. 6: 12-20) The reading from the Holy Gospel on the Sunday of the Prodigal Son fills us with joy of the good news that that the Lord, in His tender mercy, will take into His fatherly embrace all those who repent and restore their former glory. I am going to draw both my ...

The Apostle drove out the spirit of divination from her

The Apostle drove out the spirit of divination from her
(Acts 16 : 1 6–34) Holy epistle encourages us to think about something we do not think of very often, something we do not consider an important or serious issue. I am referring to soothsaying, fortune telling, magic, etc. Many of us, after finishing our cup of coffee, half jokingly, half seriously turn the cup ...

There is no partiality with God

There is no partiality with God
(Rom. 2 : 10 – 6) The words of St. Paul addressed to the Romans, in its second chapter warns and instills fear in us, but also gives us hope in the belief that there is a higher form of justice than the one in this world and that God sees every individual, every nation ...

Accomplishing the impossible

Accomplishing the impossible
(Heb. 11 : 33 – 12 : 2) In his Epistle to the Hebrews, in the eleventh chapter, our good Apostle Paul speaks about faith and the power of faith, by which the righteous of the Old Testament pleased God. Among other things you heard that these heroes of the faith “through faith subdued kingdoms, ...

About Self Defence

Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses. (Neh 4:14 (KJV) There was an unfortunate event in our community that happened recently: one of our man, better to say, one of our child, in ...

On human sexuality and God’s Law

On human sexuality and God's Law
Holy Church celebrates the Conception of Saint John the Baptist. Again and again this festal day prompts reflections that inevitably yield a gentle thought about how comprehensive our Holy Church is in its understanding of sexuality and human nature. By celebrating the Conception of Saint John the Baptist, we really celebrate the arrangement of this ...

Women in Church and society

“Who can find a virtuous woman, because she is far more worthy than a pearl” (Proverbs 31, 10). “And, whoever found that woman has found good and obtained the favour of the Lord”(Proverbs 18, 22). “A good woman is God’s gift. A home and property is inherited from fathers, and a prudent wife is a ...