440. Do you know this remarkable modern Saint? Papa-Nicholas of Athens – Part One

Old age mind fog has caught up with me. Here it is only mid-February, and I have prepared a Post for a saint whose feast day is not till March 2, Ah well, we’ll certainly be prepared for it. Saint Nicholas Planas Introduction I love that in our Orthodox churches we have icons in all […]

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403. Pentecost: Let us keep the Feast! – by kneeling?

Holy Pentecost For my ancient commentary about Pentecost, you might want to go back to Posts 66, 67 and 68. Just scroll down on the far right to May, 2018. The Kneeling Prayers I do not understand. Pentecost is one of the Great Feasts, a beautiful day in and of itself. We celebrate Pentecost Week […]

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378. Introduction to Holy Week

Introduction to Holy Week Here we go again with the first of my annual¬†Twice-daily¬†Commentaries on our Orthodox Holy Week Services and their Scripture readings. These are based on talks I gave for many years at Holy Week services at Saint Nicholas, Cedarburg, and now have published in this Blog for the last six years. If […]

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375. What (little) I’ve learned about Prayer: Some practical advice

Great Lent is a time to concentrate on prayer and, as I see it, to “experiment” with prayer. In the Orthodox Church, personal prayer is not a “one size fits all” thing. Except for the very basics, each of us is allowed to (and should) adapt our prayer life to our situation and abilities. Since […]

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372. The First Sunday of Lent: a Fast and a Feast

For many years I felt slightly whiplashed by this First Sunday of Great Lent. For a week we’ve been in the the Lenten Fast with its liturgical color: a sombre violet. Then suddenly and seemingly out of context, on this First of Sunday of Lent here comes the gold for the “Sunday of Orthodoxy” and […]

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