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“Thou hast led us to these holy days”

Tonight we hear this prayer for the first time this year at the Presanctified Liturgy: Prayer before the Ambo O Almighty Master, who in wisdom hast fashioned all creation; who, through thine ineffable providence and great goodness, hast led us to these all-revered days for purification of souls and bodies, for restraint of passions, and for…

Adam’s Lament

Adam, father of all mankind, in paradise knew the sweetness of the love of God; and so when for his sin he was driven forth from the garden of Eden, and was widowed of the love of God, he suffered grievously and lamented with a mighty moan. And the whole desert rang with his lamentations. His…

When You Fast: A Reflection Before Great Lent

What appears to happen in the Passion of Christ and what actually happens are not at all the same. What appears to happen is not that extraordinary. The Romans crucified a Jewish man in order to keep public order. During their long rule over Judea, the Romans had killed many Jews, making the death of…

Faith without Works is Dead

A homily delivered in the Three Hierarchs Chapel at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary on January 12th, 2015. We all know the story of Saul of Tarsus. When he set out on the road to Damascus, Saul knew exactly what he was doing. He was well trained, he was respected by his elders and he…