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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 [...]

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 [...]

The Feast of Nairouz

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The Coptic New Year is the very first calendar ever known by man on planet earth! It goes back 4241 BC.The word “Nayrouz” is of Coptic origin. The stem is niiaro-oo meaning: “the rivers.” The suffex “ouz” is Greek, thus, the word “Niiaroouz.” Mid September is usually where the waters of the Nile river rises, [...]

On the Five Wise and the Five Foolish Virgins

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The five wise virgins, watchful and alert, had taken oil in the vessels of their heart. That oil, not part of their own nature, means the grace of the Spirit. They were enabled to enter with the Bridegroom into the heavenly bridal chamber. The other five virgins, however, were content with their own nature. They [...]