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How Often Should We Receive Holy Communion?

St Makarios of Corinth

      St Macarius Notaras, Bishop of Corinth To receive Communion the usual two or three times a year is good and helpful, but to receive Communion more frequently is far better. Remember, the nearer a person comes to the light, the more light he gets. The closer he draws to the fire, the warmer he is. The nearer ... Read More »

DISCOURSE ON THE NATIVITY OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

Mosaic - Nativity of the Holy Theotokos

By St. Andrew, Archbisop of Crete The present feastday is for us the beginning of feastdays. Serving as boundary limit to the law and to foretypes, it at the same time serves as a doorway to grace and truth. “For Christ is the end of the law” (Rom 10:4), Who, having freed us from the writing, doth raise us to spirit. ... Read More »

SERMON ON THE DORMITION OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS

St John of Kronstadt 01

By St John of Kronstadt “Magnify O my soul, the honourable Translation of the Mother of God from earth to heaven.” (Refrain for the 9th Ode of the Canon) Let us be happy, beloved brothers and sisters that we belong to the Holy Orthodox Church, worthily and rightly glorifying the Most Holy Sovereign Theotokos on this eminent day out of ... Read More »

A transition to life: The Dormition of the Mother of God

Archimandrite Ephrem (Philotheitis)

Archimandrite Ephrem (Philotheitis) Every time we celebrate the Dormition of the Mother of God, it’s as if we’re having Easter – the Easter of the summer. Our Lady the Mother of God prepares Easter for us. A glorious crossing “from death to life”. A second Easter, holy spotless, life-giving for the human race, because today “the laws of nature are ... Read More »

Geronta, Why Are The Demons Afraid Of You?”

Dilemma Question

By Elder Ephraim of Arizona There was a holy man who cast out demons—the demons feared him. One of his disciples asked him, “Geronta, why are the demons afraid of you?” “My child, I will tell you”, said the Elder. “I had a mental war with carnal thoughts, but I never allowed myself to yield to them. I had always ... Read More »

St Nikolai Velimirovich: Woman as a Symbol of Christ

Parable of the Leaven - Three Measures of Flour

ST NIKOLAI VELIMIROVICH Our Lord described Himself as a woman because women are more careful than men in looking after property, in keeping the house in order and in receiving guests The Ten Drachmas: The Lord in the Guise of a Woman The Lost Drachma, Illustration from “The life of Our Lord Jesus Christ” by James Jacques Joseph Tissot Can ... Read More »