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Pastoral Message for the Beginning of the Month of Kiahk

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On behalf of the parish community, we would like to congratulate all of you on the beginning of the Coptic month of Kiahk, which commences this Wednesday, December 10, 2014 and ends Thursday, January 8, 2015. We celebrate the Feast of our Lord’s Nativity on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Joy and Wonder During this month, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Greatness of St. John the Baptist

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The Orthodox Church venerates St. John the Baptist above almost every other saint, the exception being the Holy Theotokos Mary. This glory and honor which is directed to him is deserved. Among all the people who served God with all their heart, with all the fullness of their souls, St. John is the greatest, because God […]