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SYNAXIS OF SAINT JOHN THE FORERUNNER AND BAPTIST

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By St. Nikolai Velimirovich Because John’s main role in his life was played out on the day of the Epiphany (Theophany), the Church from earliest times dedicated the day following Epiphany to his memory. To this feast is also linked the incident with the hand of the Forerunner. The Evangelist Luke desired to remove the body of John from Sebaste, ... Read More »

ST GREGORY THAUMATURGOS: ON THE HOLY THEOPHANY

By St. Gregory Thaumaturgos O you who are the friends of Christ, and the friends of the stranger, and the friends of the brethren, receive in kindness my speech today, and open your ears like the doors of hearing, and admit within them my discourse, and accept from me this saving proclamation of the baptism of Christ, which took place ... Read More »

St. Nikolai Velimirovich On the Holy Theophany

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By St. Nikolai Velimirovich When our Lord reached thirty years from His physical birth, He began His teaching and salvific work. He Himself signified this “beginning of the beginning” by His baptism in the Jordan river. St. Cyril of Jerusalem says, “The beginning of the world – water; the beginning of the Good News – Jordan.” At the time of ... Read More »

Eighth Sunday of Matthew (1 Corinthians 1:10-17 and Matthew 14:14-22) – The Leftovers

Author: Fr George Dimopoulos Source: Orthodox Sermons for all the Sundays of the Year – Volume I Publisher: Christian Orthodox Editions   “And they did all eat, and were filled and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full” (Matthew 14:14-22). Matthew starts the fourteenth chapter of his Gospel narrative, with one of the saddest historical events ... 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 »

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 »