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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 »

How Often Should We Receive Holy Communion?

      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 »

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 »

The Way of Prayer – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

  “If you [know how to] pray truely, then you are a theologian” Evagrius of Pontus (4th Century) The prayer of Orthodox Christians was primarily formed in the liturgy of the community rather than inside the walls of monasteries or in the hearts of individual saints. It is the liturgy that provided the regular expression and rhythmical pattern for adoration ... Read More »

One Necessity – Humility

Jesus tells us; “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3-4) As we enter the Lenten Fast that is a gift of the Church to help ... Read More »

Necessity of Forgiveness

What happened in the parable Jesus taught about the king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants? This story is found in Matthew 18:21-35. It is a powerful story about the necessity of forgiveness. It clearly tells us that forgiveness is not an option if we want to be included in His kingdom. The story is about a king ... Read More »

Reduce stress: Live the Liturgical Cycles

Modern life is full of stress and busyness. We have many worries and find it difficult to cope with all that comes our way. This is the modern normal. How can you break this stressful situation? The Church has a great secrete for this. It’s not really a secrete but is not widely known or followed.What I am going to ... Read More »

Are You Attending Church Just in Case God is Real?

I saw this headline the other day and thought how common this view is today. The story was about the many people who find themselves in Church on Easter and Christmas and other times who are not real belivers. They say they go, “Just in case God is Real.” It seems there are so many Orthodox Christians who appear to ... Read More »

Prayer is an endless Creation – Archimandrite Zacharias

“Humbleness is essential for prayer” No matter how daunting and difficult the struggle of purifying the heart may be, nothing should deter us from this undertaking. We have on our side the ineffable goodness of a God Who has made man’s heart His personal concern and goal. In the book of Job, we read the following astonishing words: “What is ... 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 »