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While the canon of the feast of the Nativity begins to be sung on the festival of the entrance of the Virgin Mary into the temple, the first prefeast hymns of Christmas are sung on the feast of “the all-praised and first-called apostle Andrew.” In the gospel according to St John, Philip calls his friend…

Everyone Capable of Thanksgiving is Capable of Salvation

Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann was the Dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary from 1962 until his death in 1983. Hundreds of SVOTS alumni were trained under his keen mind, warm humor, and guiding principle: “A seminarian should know only three paths: to the classroom, to the library, and to the chapel.” Father Alexander celebrated the Divine Liturgy…

Temples of the Living God

During the first days of the Christmas fast the Church celebrates the feast of the entrance of the child Mary into the Jerusalem temple… The spiritual story tells how, coming into the temple, the child Mary is led into the Holy of Holies by the priest Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist, there to…

How do I sit quietly before God?

St. Paul encourages us in Eph. 4 to not behave like the rest of the world! As Christians we follow a higher standard. He tells us not to get lost in useless thoughts; futile thoughts he calls them. Because God gave us free will, we have total freedom of thought. We can think about anything…

St. John the Compassionate Mission (Toronto, ON)

St. John the Compassionate Mission (Toronto, ON) Fr. Roberto Ubertino “Orthodoxy does not need more professors, but confessors.” -Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos St. John the Compassionate Mission was founded in 1986 among the poor and the marginalized of downtown Toronto and is an apostolate of the Carpatho-Russian diocese. The Mission has had, and has, a…

Cappella Romana sings at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

Last night St. Vladimir’s Seminary was blessed by the voices of Cappella Romana singing at Great Vespers for the Feast of the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers of Heaven. Members of the St. Vladimir’s Seminary Byzantine choir sang with Cappella Romana for much of the service. Cappella Romana, Aposticha    …

The Power of a Life of Practical Simplicity

Matthew the Poor (1919-2006), also known as Matta El-Maskeen, was a Coptic Orthodox monk who lived in the desert 50 miles southwest of Cairo. This excerpt is from The Communion of Love, a collection of his writings that reveal the essence of the Christian life in simple yet profound images. If we look back at…