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Sermon on Fasting for Cheesfare Sunday

Fr George Dimopoulos

Author: Fr George Dimopoulos Source: Orthodox Sermons for all the Sundays of the Year – Volume I Publisher: Christian Orthodox Editions “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” – (Matthew 17:21). Gospel Lesson: Matthew 6:14-21. Many of the laws and regulations of our Orthodox Church have been greatly misunderstood by our people. Even the educated and ... 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 »

Thoughts from a Parish Priest for the Great Lent

Fr.George Dion. Dragas We have entered the period of Great Lent, and our Church calls us to observe the traditional fast and prayer. Several people will raise again the questions why should we fast, or how much should we fast, etc. The following thoughts provide some answers to the general questions which are raised at this time both inside and ... Read More »

Prayer and Fasting

Author: Archbishop Stylianos Harkianakis of Australia  Entering once again the arena of Great Lent, it is only natural to remember again the basic feats that have always characterised the ascesis of Orthodox Christians. Among these feats, prayer and fasting hold a central position. When an Orthodox speaks of fasting, then prayer spontaneously comes to his mind. And when he speaks ... Read More »

Writings of Saint Nectarios of Aegina: An Anthology of Nectarian Teachings

Selected Passages From the Writings of Orthodox Saints Compiled by Father Demetrios Serfes Christianity. Christian religion is not a certain philosophic system, about which learned men, trained in metaphysical studies, argue and then either espouse or reject, according to the opinion each one has formed. It is faith, established in the souls of men, which ought to be spread to the ... Read More »

SOME THOUGHTS ON FASTING

Introduction The role played by the discipline of fasting  has figured prominently within the spiritual life of Christianity, and has remained integral to the Orthodox Church. Its purpose and meaning is multifaceted, to which entire treatises have been written on the subject. For this reason, we will not labour the point by providing an exhaustive exposition on the subject, since ... Read More »