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The Paralytic and the Pool

In early tradition, Pascha meant baptism and baptism always had a paschal feel to it. The two were inextricably linked. Archpriest Lawrence Farley | 12 May 2014 One wonders sometimes about why the Gospel story of the healing of the paralytic was chosen for the Paschal season.  One understands why the stories of Thomas and the Myrrh-bearers were chosen, but the ... Read More »

A Question about Salvation posed to Mode of Life

Q. Greetings to the weblog administrators of Mode of Life Project. I was wondering, when reading the Bible, there are references that cite that all idolators and atheists go to hell. Does that mean all Hindus and Buddhists go to hell? Agapite, You ask a loaded question according to a personal reading of the Scriptures and without providing me a reference ... Read More »

Discourse On the Day of the Baptism of Christ

We shall now say something about the present feast. Many celebrate the feastdays and know their designations, but the cause for which they were established they know not. Thus concerning this, that the present feast is called Theophany — everyone knows; but what this is — Theophany, and whether it be one thing or another, they know not. And this ... Read More »

Saint Ephraim the Syrian’s 100 Stanzas on the Nativity

*1. This is the day that gladdened them, the Prophets, Kings, and Priests, for in it were their words fulfilled, and thus were the whole of them indeed performed! *2. For the Virgin this day brought forth Immanuel in Bethlehem. The voice that of old Isaiah spoke, today became reality. *3. He was born there who in writing should tell ... Read More »

THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (6 August)

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS The Feast of the Transfiguration (Metamorphosis) of Our Lord Saviour, Jesus Christ, is one of the major events that took place within the travelling ministry of Christ, and is recorded within the gospels of Matthew (17:1-18), Mark (9:2-8), and Luke (9:28-36). Within the Scriptural narratives of all three cited gospels, the Transfiguration takes place immediately after the recognition ... Read More »