Author Archives: Father Steven Allen

Thou hast restored me, the whole man

9 February OS 2018: Thursday of the First Week of Lent; Holy Martyr Nikiphoros  The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 2:4-19. God made the animals to be a companion for man “…and brought them unto Adam to see … Continue reading

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Divine repose

8 February OS 2018: Wednesday of the First Week of Lent; Holy Great Martyr Theodore the Commander  The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 1:24-2:3.  Since God made the human heart to hold Him, man’s first occupation was to … Continue reading

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The light of Thy countenance, O Lord, hath shined upon us.

7 February OS 2018: Tuesday of the First Week of Lent; S. Parthenios of Lampsakos; S. Loukas of Mt. Steirion   The first reading at Vespers today is Genesis 1: 14-23.  In Brothers Karamazov, the boy Smerdyakov mockingly asks the pious … Continue reading

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The beginning

6 February OS 2018: Monday of the First Week of Lent (Clean Monday); S. Bucolos of Smyrna; S. Photios the Great  Each weekday during Great Lent, I plan to re-post the little commentaries I wrote last year on the daily … Continue reading

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Orthodox Survival Course, Class 14

Orthodox Survival Course St. Irene Orthodox Church Rochester Hills, Michigan 2017-2018 Class 14 – The Renaissance: Timeline Overview. Topic 1: Some Key Bad Ideas from the Start Timeline Overview: Renaissance to Enlightenment to Revolution Tonight we will begin our section … Continue reading

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The task before us

3 February OS 2018 – Friday of Cheesefare Week; Afterfeast of the Meeting of the Lord;  Ss. Symeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess; Holy New Martyrs John, Stamatios, and Nicholas of Chios; S. Nicholas, Enlightener of Japan A little … Continue reading

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The Perfect Offering

2 February 2018 OS – The Meeting of the Lord  The Meeting of the Lord is a quiet, much-neglected feast, and yet the Holy Fathers saw fit to rank it among the Twelve Great Feasts of the Church, for it … Continue reading

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Purity of intention

12 January OS 2018 – Thursday of the Sixteenth Week of St. Luke; Afterfeast of the Theophany; Holy Martyr Tatiana Today’s Gospel reading in the daily cycle is Mark 12: 38-44. The Lord said, Beware of the scribes, which love … Continue reading

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Orthodox Survival Course, Class 11

Orthodox Survival Course St. Irene Orthodox Church Rochester Hills, Michigan 2017-2018 The notes below are just a brief summary of everything that we talk about.  For the most benefit, listen to the audio! The podcast of this session can be listened … Continue reading

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Orthodox Survival Course, Class 10

Orthodox Survival Course St. Irene Orthodox Church Rochester Hills, Michigan 2017-2018 Class 10 – Review of Our Purpose, Models of History, Overview of Part II The notes below are just a brief summary of everything that we talk about.  For … Continue reading

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