Sermon of the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (Part III)

Saint Peter the Apostle was the sort of man who can be described in a few words. As for Saint Paul, on the other hand, what tongue or how many and what sort of tongues can depict even to a limited extent his endurance unto death for Christ's sake? He was put to death every day, or rather he was always dead, no longer alive himself, as he tells us, but having Christ living in him (Galatians 2:20).

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Sermon of the Feast of St. Peter and Paul (Part II)

The first traitor, who incited the first man to desert God, saw Him Who had earlier made Adam, the father of the human race, later re-creating Peter as the first of all true worshipers. He not only saw, but also heard the Creator saying to Peter: "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church" (St. Matt. 16:18). Once the prince of evil found this out, being the epitome of wicked envy, he tempted Peter, the first leader of God's faithful people, as he had previously tempted Adam, the founder of the race of men.

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Holy Feast of the Holy, Glorious, and All-famed Chiefs of the Holy Apostles, Peter and Paul (June 29)

The commemoration of each of the Saints on the appointed feast day is an occasion for town and country, citizens and their rulers to share in rejoicing, and brings great benefit to all who celebrate. "The memory of the just is praised", says the wise Solomon (cf. Prov. 29:2). If a lamp is lit at night, its light shines for the service and enjoyment of everyone present.

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Orthodox Spiritual Life (Part XV)

Suffering and the spiritual struggles that come with it must be viewed in a positive light since they offer such a wide variety of virtues and rewards. Biblical and Patristic references to the benefits of suffering are numerous. Let it suffice to cite just a few isolated examples. The Apostle Paul teaches: "...we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint…" (Romans 5:3-5).

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