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A True Member of the Church

An excerpt from Metropolitan Hierotheos Nafpaktos, Entering the Orthodox Church, (trans. Marina Mary Robb), Birth of the Theotokos Monastery (2004), pp. 98-101. A true member of the Church and a real Christian is the person who has the following attributes. First, he remains within the Church, without leaving it through atheism or heresy. He is not cut off from this ... Read More »

On Tithing

All for money?!

As much as we might groan and grumble about it, we know that paying taxes is part of our responsibility as citizens of this country. Just as we should know that as parishioners we have a responsibility to contribute to the financial support of our parish. It is evident, however, from the strained and meagre budgets on which so many ... Read More »

Tithing

All for money?!

Question Why is 10% tithing being pushed by the OCA and some other church leaders? The reason I ask this is that although 10% is required in Old Testament times, so is stoning for adultery and other rules we don’t follow now. How do we tell what is valid today and what is not? Answer Tithing, as you correctly observe, ... Read More »

Controlling Anger: The Prayer Walk

  One of the common maladies we all face is anger.  It can be triggered in many ways, usually when someone opposes what we think should be done.  Of course we should try and eliminate the causes of anger, but we also need to be prepared to deal with it when we inevitably succumb to it. Anger is an emotion, ... Read More »

Saint Theophan the Recluse: What it means to be Diligent

Seeking to live the life according to God’s will is what we are called to do.  This Saint Theophan calls being diligent. Here is how he puts it.  Our entire lives, in all their parts and  details, must be devoted to God. The general rule is that everything you do should be done according to the Divine will and for ... Read More »

ST KOSMAS THE AETOLIAN: A TEACHING ON HOW TO PRAY

My dearly beloved, The Lord wants to protect us from great calamities as well as the dangers of the Final Judgement, He bestowed one particular teaching essential for protecting and saving us. What is this teaching I am referring to? Simply that to do on to others what you would expect them to do to you, for if you do not ... Read More »

On the Prayer Before Communion

By Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh Every time we come to Communion we say to the Lord that we come to Him Who is the Saviour of sinners, but we also state that we consider ourselves as the greatest of all. How much truth is there in such a statement when we make it? Or how can we make such a ... Read More »

On Prayer – Saint Isaac the Syrian

Prayer is undoubtably the most frequently discussed and most thoroughly developed theme in Saint Isaac…. ‘Prayer’, according to Evagrius Ponticus, ‘is the converse of the mind with God’.[1] For Isaac the Syrian, the converse of the mind with God is the highest and most important spiritual activity of a Christian, and cannot be compared with any other endeavor: ‘Just as nothing ... Read More »