Monthly Archives: October 2018

Confessing Christ before men

17 October OS 2018 – Tuesday of the 5th Week of St. Luke; Holy Prophet Hosea, Holy Monk-Martyr Andrew of Crete, Holy Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian of Cilicia  In today’s Gospel, the Lord calls upon us to confess Him before … Continue reading

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Love truth till it hurts

12 October OS 2018 – Thursday of the 4th Week of St. Luke;  Holy Martyrs Probus, Tarachos, and Andronikos; St. Symeon the New Theologian In today’s Gospel, Herod exhibits the vain curiosity of those who want to “talk religion” but … Continue reading

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The remembrance of death gives birth to courage

11 October OS 2018 – Wednesday of the 4th Week of St. Luke; Holy Apostle Philip of the Seventy; S. Theophanes “the Branded,” Confessor In today’s Gospel, the disciples have a close brush with death and experience their complete dependence … Continue reading

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Build your house on rock

4 October OS 2018 – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of St. Luke; St. Hierotheos, Bishop of Athens  In today’s Gospel, the Lord exhorts us to match our actions to our confession of Faith in Him: The Lord said: And … Continue reading

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Discretion, the governing virtue

27 September OS 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of St. Luke; Holy Martyr Kallistratos; Holy New-Martyr Aquilina The reading today for the Holy Gospel, according to the daily cycle, is Luke 5:33-39. At that time, the Pharisees came … Continue reading

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The beloved disciple

26 September OS 2018 –   St. John the Theologian Today is the feast of the Beloved Disciple, the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian. St. John is called “Theologian” because the theology of the Fourth Gospel that he authored … Continue reading

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How to make a good start

24 September OS 2018 – 1st Sunday of St. Luke, Holy Protomartyr Thekla Today is the first Sunday on which we shall read the Gospel according to St. Luke.   We shall begin, appropriately, with a reminder that without the Lord’s … Continue reading

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The mark of Cain

22 September OS 2018 – Friday of the 1st Week of St. Luke; Holy Hieromartyr Phocas  In today’s Gospel, the Lord’s own relatives and townsmen reject Him out of envy: At that time, the people wondered at the gracious words … Continue reading

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Becoming acceptable to God

This morning (Friday) I discovered that I had written two commentaries on yesterday’s Gospel reading, both inspired by the same commentary by St. Theophan the Recluse! Here, a day later, is the second commentary:  21 September OS 2018 – Thursday of the … Continue reading

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The Kingdom within, the Kingdom to come

21 September OS 2018 – Thursday of the 1st Week of St. Luke, Leavetaking of the Exaltation of the Precious Cross;  Holy Apostle Codratus of the Seventy   In today’s Gospel, the Lord inaugurates His public ministry in His hometown of … Continue reading

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