Epistles from the GOC hierarchy

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I’m Drowning!

A sermon delivered by His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius on the 9th Sunday after Pentecost 2021 at Saint John of San Francisco Orthodox Monastery, Cobleskill, NY.  

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On the Joy of Being Orthodox ~ St. John of Kronstadt

On the Joy of Being Orthodox ~St. John of Kronstadt “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” (Jn.1: 47) Our Lord Jesus Christ said this of a certain Nathanael, an Israelite who dwelt in the Galilean town of Cana, when the latter, on the advice of his friend […]

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On Lies ~ Saint Philaret of New York

    On Lies  By St. Philaret of New York  The Evangelist Luke tells of how the Lord Jesus Christ cast out a demon from a possessed person. Such accounts are found many times in the Gospel, but it is characteristic that the Lord Jesus Christ, when the evil spirits […]

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The Resurrection of Christ Represents the Triumph of Faith and Eternal Life

About How the Resurrection of Christ Represents the Triumph of Faith and Eternal Life          Christ is Risen!   Brothers and sisters, today we continue to celebrate our Holy Pascha, so I would like to say a few words about how the Resurrection of Christ represents the triumph of faith […]

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Synaxarion for Holy and Great Friday

SYNAXARION  FOR  HOLY  AND  GREAT  FRIDAY On this day, Holy and Great Friday, we celebrate the awesome, holy, and saving Passion of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ—the spitting, the blows with the palm of the hand, the buffeting, the mockery, the reviling, the wearing of the purple […]

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Teaching of the Holy Fathers On Illness ~ Father Seraphim Rose

  Everyone, whether or not he is a Christian, must expect a certain amount of sickness and discomfort to enter his life. Physical pain is universal; no one escapes it. Therefore, how much we suffer from illness, or how intensely, does not matter so much as how we understand these infirmities.The […]

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Every Christian Must Bear His Cross

EVERY CHRISTIAN MUST BEAR HIS CROSS   St. Metropolitan Philaret Third First Hierarch of the ROCOR (†8/21 November, 1985) At today’s Divine Liturgy we heard that the Lord Jesus Christ said that a Christian must carry his cross: whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up […]

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Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Sermon on the Transfiguration of the Lord Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky, +1936), the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad   The prayers sung in church today explain to us, brothers, that the Lord revealed His divine Transfiguration with the specific goal of persuading His followers that they, too, are to […]

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Choosing a Godparent

Occasionally we are asked to perform Baptisms for a child whose parents want a Non-Orthodox person to be their Godparent (sponsor). They want to Honour that person and express their closeness to them.  However in the case of being a “Godparent” it is a deeper spiritual relationship that is being […]

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On Holy and Great Friday ~ Saint Philaret of New York

  HOLY AND GREAT FRIDAY  Saint Philaret of New York   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, death, and the […]

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