FOCUS Service at the Valencia Inn – Sunday, October 19

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On Sunday, October 19, our parish will receive the blessing of serving food to the Lord’s brethren at the Valencia Inn in Anaheim as part of our service with FOCUS North America. FOCUS will provide food (rice, spaghetti, beef stew) for us to cook prior to Sunday. We also need volunteers to help in the service. […]

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Preparing to Receive Holy Communion

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Most Orthodox faithful limit their preparation for receiving the awesome mystery of Holy Communion to fasting. By only fasting they are deceived into thinking that, having fasted completely and mechanically, they have followed the proper preparation and, thus, are communing worthily. What is the right preparation, then? Longing for Holy Communion The first step in […]

Beheading of St John the Baptist

An Orthodox Christian Response to Beheading by Muslims

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I am an unworthy man, unworthy to be called an Orthodox Christian, not to speak of the priesthood, and I write, admittedly, from the comfort of my Mount Pleasant, SC, home.  There is no Mount nearby, but it is, indeed, a pleasant seaside community on the East Coast of the United States. As such, I […]

New Series: Understanding Orthodox Worship

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On Friday, October 3, we began a new series in our Adult Education Class entitled Understanding Orthodox Worship. It examines the principles of worship in the Orthodox Church — and especially the Divine Liturgy — to help Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike appreciate what we do when we gather to pray. Last week, we began with […]