Monthly Archives: April 2016

Authentic hope of salvation

14 April OS 2016 – Wednesday of Holy and Great Week At the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts today, the Church appoints this reading from St. Matthew: Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There … Continue reading

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Be merciful as your Father is merciful

6 April OS 2016 – Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Lent; St. Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople St. Theophan the Recluse chooses a verse from the second reading at Vespers today – Proverbs 21: 3-21, for comment. “He that stops his … Continue reading

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Getting out of Babylon

5 April OS 2016 – Monday of the Sixth Week of Lent; Holy Martyr Claudius, Holy Martyrs Theodoulos and Agathopodes St. Theophan the Recluse chooses the reading at the Sixth Hour today – Isaiah 48:17-49:4, for comment. Thus says the Lord: … Continue reading

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The just shall live by faith

2 April OS 2016 – Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent; St. Titus the Wonderworker; Holy Martyrs Amphian and Aedesius The first reading at Vespers today, Genesis 22:1-18, presents one of the most powerful images in all the Old … Continue reading

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Governing the mind

1 April OS 2016 – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent; Thursday of the Great Canon; St. Mary of Egypt; St. Barsanuphius of Optina  The second reading at Vespers today, Proverbs 16:17-17:17, contains one of the best known verses … Continue reading

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Wisdom Incarnate

25 March OS 2016 – The Annunciation The Holy Fathers are a never-ending source of illumination and delight.   This morning, I was studying the commentary of Blessed Theophylact on today’s Gospel reading (Luke 2:26-38), and the saint offered so much … Continue reading

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For sin shall not have dominion over you

23 March OS 2016 – Fourth Tuesday of Great Lent, Holy Monk-Martyr Nikon and His 199 Disciples in Sicily One of the great theological themes of the Triodion and Pentecostarion is the Mystery of Holy Baptism, which, in the early … Continue reading

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