Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John (Strict Fast)

The divine Baptist, the Prophet born of a Prophet, the seal of all the Prophets and beginning of the Apostles, the mediator between the Old and New Covenants, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, the God-sent Messenger of the Incarnate Messiah, the forerunner of Christ's coming into the world (Isaiah 40:3; Mal. 3:1); who by many miracles was both conceived and born; who was filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb; who came forth like another Elias the Zealot, whose life in the wilderness and divine zeal for God's Law he imitated: this divine Prophet, after he had preached the baptism of repentance according to God's command; had taught men of low rank and high how they must order their lives; had admonished those whom he baptized and had filled them with the fear of God, teaching them that no one is able to escape the wrath to come if his works are not worthy of repentance

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The Miraculous Icon of Saint John the Baptist and Forerunner in Illinois

An unexplained phenomenon has been occurring since July 19th of 2015 in the parish of the Assumption Greek Orthodox church in Homer Glen, Illinois, where an icon of Saint John the Forerunner and Baptist exudes a fragrant liquid (myrrh). The National Herald contacted Father Sotirios Dimitriou, who has served as the priest in the parish since the year 1993, and he said "the icon of Saint John the Forerunner exudes some kind of liquid that has a beautiful scent."

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Who is the Devil?

The Holy Bible teaches us that before the creation of man, the devil and those who upheld his view were thrown down from their heavenly office because of their pride and haughtiness. As a consequence, the devil's fall was the commencement of death in the world. Just as one wise man says: "The malice of the devil was the beginning of death in the world" (Solomon, the Wise 2:24).

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How to Share in the Glory of Christ's Resurrection: Homily for the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos in the Orthodox Church

At the very heart of our faith as Orthodox Christians is the good news that Jesus is risen from the dead. He truly died and was buried as a human being, but Hades and the grave could not contain Him as God. Because He is risen, those who die enter into His presence as they await the resurrection of the body and the Last Judgment.

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Illumination and Glorification: Unceasing Prayer and the Vision of Christ

According to Saint Paul, the foundation stones of the Church are those who have reached a state of glorification (perfection or deification [theosis]) and in whom the entire Church rejoices. Here, it is important to realize that Saint Paul is not using the term "glorified" metaphorically for praise or honor by men (which is no reason for a Christian to rejoice), but ontologically "partakers of the Divine Glory" and consequently have both beheld the glorified Christ and "received from His fullness."

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The Illumined and Perfected Spiritual Gifts and Ministries

With this foundation in place, Saint Paul then note that although there are differences among the various gifts, ministries, and activities in the Church, they all have the same source. "The grace of the Spirit is one and unchanging; but energizes each one of as He wills" (1 Corinthians 12:11). When rain falls on the earth, it gives life to the quality inherent in each plant: sweetness to the sweet; astringency to the astringent.

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