Community & History

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New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke

New Martyrs of the Turkish Yoke by Father Alexey Young The following article is condensed from a lecture delivered at the St. Herman Summer Pilgrimage, August, 1982) On May 29, 1453, the troops of the Moslem leader, Mohammed II , took the great city of Constantinople. For more than 1000 years Orthodox […]

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On the Second Coming of Christ ~ Ignatius Brianchaninov

The Son of man shall come in His glory ~ (Mt. 25:31) Beloved brethren! Not long ago, we beheld our Lord Jesus Christ born in the manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes, placed in the cradle, having taken upon Himself with His humanity all human weakness other than sin. Not long ago, […]

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Sermon: On the Sunday of the Dread Judgement

ON THE SUNDAY OF THE DREAD JUDGMENT ~St. Philaret of New York The Gospel reading which we heard today during the Divine Liturgy begins with the words of the Lord “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the […]

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“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven”

  On the words of the Gospel: “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven” Since ancient times, the Russian people have a saying ‘Words edify, but examples convince’, that is, while words in one way or another […]

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The Sunday of the Prodigal Son ~ St. John of Kronstadt

I will arise and go to my father (Luke 15:18) Brethren! All our attention must be centered on the parable of the Prodigal Son. We all see ourselves in it as in a mirror. In a few words the Lord, the knower of hearts, has shown in the person of […]

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Holy and Great Friday

HOLY AND GREAT FRIDAY Sermon of Saint Philaret of New York delivered in 1973 Last night, in the reading of the Ninth Gospel concerning the suffering of our Saviour, and this morning, when the Gospel of St. John was read during the Ninth Hour, we heard the Conqueror of Hades, […]

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The Life-Giving Cross ~ Our Spiritual Treasure

The Holy Life-giving Cross of the Lord ~sermon from Saint Philaret of New York “Rejoice, Life-Giving Cross, invincible victory of piety, and door of paradise, confirmation of the faithful, rampart set about the Church. By it the curse is destroyed, and the reign of death is trampled down. Those born of […]

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Spiritual Deadness

Sermon for the Sunday of the Myrrh Bearing Women. On Spiritual Deadness   The White Angel by the tomb. 8th century fresco, Serbia. The Gospels have told us today[1] about the exploits of the holy women who followed the God-Man during His earthly wanderings. They witnessed His sufferings and were present […]

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How to Understand Our Church Calendar

The late Very Reverend Boris Molchanov (Rocor) composed this study of the development of the civil and Church calendars and of the Paschalion at the end of which study he demonstrates profoundly the indissoluble bond between the Julian Calendar and the Church Calendar. His tone unfortunately is a little biting […]

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Saint Spyridon of Tremithus

  Prayer to St. Spyridon of Trimythus Dec 12(o.s.) O most blessed hierarch Spyridon, thou great Saint of Christ and glorious wonder-worker! Standing in heaven before the throne of God with choirs of Angels, look down with a compassionate eye upon the people gathered here (names may be added) and asking thy […]

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