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8th Sunday of Luke: Matt 9:9-13 “Go and find out what this means: ‘I desire mercy not sacrifice’’

“Go and find out what this means: ‘I desire mercy not sacrifice’’ (Matthew 9:13). There is not an exhortation in the whole of scripture that needs more desperately to be pondered by Christians today than this sentence that Jesus says to the Pharisees after they criticize him for associating with sinners. Mercy and sacrifice produce completely different conceptions of holiness. ... Read More »

Sermon on Matthew 17:14-23 (10th Sunday of Matthew)

In this gospel, Jesus teaches us that the only way we can overcome the evil in this world, is through prayer and fasting. The incident in today’s Gospel took place immediately after the Transfiguration. At the Transfiguration three of our Lord’s disciples, Peter, James and John saw our Lord Jesus Christ as He truly is, shining with the glory of ... Read More »

Mission at the Mall – A Christmas Reflection of Fr. Brendan Pelphrey

PART I: STAYING FAITHFUL TO ORTHODOX TRADITION Christmas has already arrived at Wal-Mart, as in shopping malls and retail stores everywhere. It began as soon as Halloween, which was celebrated from August to the end of October, drew to an end. Overnight, plastic Santas and singing wreaths replaced orange candy on the shelves, and sound systems have begun to blare ... Read More »

Canonization of Two New Saints by the Ecumenical Patriarchate

On Tuesday, November 27, 2013, the Sacred and Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided the formal inclusion in the List of Saints of the Orthodox Church of elder Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia and of venerable Meletios of Lardos.  Feast Day of Saint Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia: December 2nd. Feast Day of Saint Meletios of Lardos: February 12th. Saint Porphyrios Bairaktaris of Kafsokalivia ... Read More »

Monastery of Archangels and St Basil – New Zealand

The Monastery – PART A We are pleased to present the location, the first buildings and future plans for the completion of the first Orthodox Christian Monastery in New Zealand. One can ask, what is the reason for the existence of a monastery? We Orthodox Christians can very easily answer that such a monastery is necessary for one is the ... Read More »

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Addresses the Issue of Homosexual Marriage

On September 7, 2013 His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited the Holy Cathedral of St. Symeon in Tallinn, Estonia. Early that afternoon, His All-Holiness presided over Vespers Service in the same church, at which time he delivered the Homily. Below is an excerpt of this Homily, in which he addressed the topic of the relationship between Church and Family, and ... Read More »

Modern Technology Leads An Enquirer to the Ancient Eastern Orthodox Christian Faith

Michael Todd (21) was baptised and raised in the Anglican Church and for a number of years he was a regular parishioner at All Saints’ Anglican Church in North Epping. However, interaction with fellow Christian students at the University of Sydney, several of whom were members of various older Christian traditions, deepened Michael’s already strong interest in Church history and ... Read More »

Pan-Orthodox Conference Wellington NZ

Orthodox Christians representing the five canonical Orthodox Jurisdictions of New Zealand gathered at the Dormition of the Theotokos Romanian Orthodox Church known as St. Mary’s in Wellington to participate in the second official Pan-Orthodox Conference on Saturday, September 28th. The theme of the conference was Orthopraxia-Practicing True Faith. The conference was convened under the Omophorion of His Eminence Archbishop Amfilochios of the Sacred ... Read More »

The Good Samaritan: 8th Sunday of Luke; Lk 10:25-37

‘’He who does not love his brother abides in death’’ (1Jn 3:14) The action of life is the heroism of love. This is the milk that is given in abundance by our Mother Church. ‘’Let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are the truth, and ... Read More »