There’s an old story that may not be true about a monk that trapped a demon in his cell. The demon begged release, and the monk said that he would release him only if the demon sang the songs of the angels, which the demon had sung prior to the fall. The demon protests but finally gives in. As the demon sings, he is transfigured back into his original angelic being and is saved from hell. That is a very brief rendition of the story, and I have no way of knowing if it is true or not; however, I ... [Read more]
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Icon of the Publican and Pharisee by Fr. John P. Angelis Our life on earth is horizontal and cyclical. We are born, grow up, and then we join eternity. The seasons of the year are also cyclical: spring, summer, fall, winter. Our life becomes history and nature bears seeds to prolong its life. Our church calendar with its Feasts is cyclical and it helps us grow spiritually to look forward to our eternal existence. The parable of the Publican and Pharisee ... [Read more]
“In a home filled with prayer, God is tasted, prayer is as natural as breathing, and Holy Tradition is passed to the next generation less by preaching than by life example.” ~ Sister Magdalen of Essex (21 Century) Imagine, if prayer were as natural as breathing? Praying together as a family takes commitment and effort. Our kiddos can often be squirmy and wiggly, yet once they witness the rhythm of prayer in the home, they too, will join along and experience one of the greatest ... [Read more]
The apolotikion we chant on our Lord’s baptism reminds us of another extraordinary event that changed the course of this world. "At Your baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest, for the Father’s voice bore You witness, by calling You His beloved Son, and the Spirit in the form of a dove, confirmed the truth of the Father’s Word. O Christ our God, You have appeared to us and enlightened the world. Glory to You!" This hymn confirms for us Orthodox ... [Read more]
by Georgia Leckie Often times it is difficult for our younger ones to fully understand the importance of giving. And the Christmas season for “The littles” is so much about the “I wants!” It fulfills us to give them special gifts. But teaching them the importance of sharing our blessed abundance is what we as Christian parents and grandparents are called to do. Three years ago I read about a Mom who opted out of the Advent Calendar of treats, gifts and ornaments. She created the “Advent ... [Read more]