Akathist to the Theotokos (Mother of God)

akathist-to-the-theotokos From our parish priest. May it edify you, and give you hope. On the Fifth Saturday of Great Lent, the Saturday of the Akathist, we commemorate the Most Holy Theotokos. In 625, when the emperor Heraclius was fighting the Persians, the Khan sent forces to attack Constantinople by land and by sea. Patriarch Sergius urged the…

The prayer rule of St. Seraphim of Sarov

I asked my parish priest if he would bless my rosary. His reply was, ‘Yes, as long as it is being used as a prayer rope.’. Hmmm, not sure entirely what he means; am I not to pray the Roman Catholic rosary? That’s ok because there are plenty of prayers out there and obedience is…

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…

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…

How did I fall in love with the community?

I have never felt this way in any church I attended before becoming Orthodox. The bond with my Orthodox brothers and sisters humbles me. Caring is so painful. I live in a military city. We have four military bases around us and the Air Force Academy. People come and go. My own father is retired…

Epic fail

A couple of weeks ago, my sister and I spent the better part of a morning trying to explain Orthodoxy to a young woman. Unfortunately, my woundings from Protestantism came out not as I intended and her takeaway was, ‘Orthodoxy is not Christian’. The enemy, more clever, and cunning than I, managed to twist what…

Healing Fear

Originally posted on ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAITH AND LIFE:
Year: 2013 (released 2014) Running time: 110 minutes Director: Oleg Sytnik Cast: Vitaly Bezrukov (Luke), Ekaterina Guseva, Andrew Saminin, Alexander Jacko, Vladimir Gostyukhin, Alex Shevchenkov Manufacturer: “Patriot Film” (Ukraine, Belarus), with the support of the State Agency of Ukraine for movies and the Ministry of Culture of…