Sunday of the Cross

From the OCA website. The Third Sunday of Lent is that of the Veneration of the Cross. The cross stands in the midst of the church in the middle of the lenten season not merely to remind men of Christ’s redemption and to keep before them the goal of their efforts, but also to be…

The ox and the donkey

Have you ever wondered at the icon of the Nativity and why there is an ox and a donkey pictured (there is a bigger meaning than Jesus being born in a stable). Isaiah 1:3the ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; but Israel does not know, my people do not consider.” (This…

Giving up the Internet for Lent? Not me.

Saint Isidore was born in the middle of the sixth century, and was related to the Visigoth royal family who converted to Orthodoxy from Arianism during his lifetime. Saint Isidore was the brother of three saints: Saint Leander (February 27), Saint Fulgentius, and Saint Florentina. Orphaned at an early age, he was educated by his…

St. Theophan the recluse: Humility

On humility by St Theophan the Recluse There is no need for me to repeat to you that the invincible weapon against all our enemies Is humility. It Is not easily acquired. We can think ourselves humble without having a trace of true humility. And we cannot make ourselves humble merely by thinking about It….

The last judgement- homily

Today’s homily was super intense. Super. in.tense! This is not the identical homily but it’s pretty close. Metropolitan Philaret of Eastern American and New York (+1985) When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: and before…

Why this mania for, Rumi?

The following is taken from the, Women of Grace website: PC writes: “Can you please educate us about the Muslim philosopher Rumi? I have Catholic relatives that quote him all the time on Facebook. My relatives that are outside the church often respond by “liking” these quotes. Something about these Rumi quotes don’t sit well…