In the teachings of the Holy Fathers, the three stages of spiritual life are characterized by use of the terms "praxis" and "theoria." I think we should dwell upon this subject also, in order, on the one hand, to understand more clearly what is meant by repentance and purification of heart; and, on the other hand, to ascertain the misinterpretation of the terms "praxis" and "theoria" by contemporary individuals, I would like to begin with an analysis of the latter.Read More
Holy Dormition Feast Day
Parish Picnic at the
Holy Dormition Chapel Grounds
Sunday, August 19, 2018
10am Divine Liturgy
Picnic immediately following Liturgy. $15 per person; $4 for children 11 and up; free for children 10 and under.
Please see the flyer (by clicking the Icon ) for more information.
Orthodox Christians around the world observe four seasons during the year. Two of these--the Holy and Great Fast (Lent) for the 40 days of Lent, and the Holy Dormition Fast during the first 15 days of August--are considered "strict" fasts. The other two are generally observed as "lesser" fasts the so-called "Nativity (Christmas) Lent" or fast during the 40 days before the Feast of the Holy Nativity, and the Fast of the Apostles which occurs in June--after the Sunday of All Saints (the Sunday following Pentecost) and culminates in the feast of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29).Read More
Based on the treasure of the holy memory of the Church, the study of Holy Scripture leads to unity, and not the breakdown of the Church. This way the Will of Christ for the unity of the faithful is fulfilled (St. John 17:20-21). That is why the Holy Apostles advised Christians to hold on to the traditions - that is, the treasure with which they entrusted them (1 Corinthians 11:2; Phil. 4:9) "either by word or by epistle" (2 Thessalonians 2:15; 2 Timothy 1:13).Read More
According to the Orthodox Christian faith, the Church is not founded on written texts but on the confession that Christ is God-man (theanthropos), namely that in the Person of Christ, God was joined with man, "indivisibly, immovably, unmistakably, inseparably," and man has come into actual communion with God, and in the Person of Christ and man were hypostatically united, in one unique hypostasis.Read More
According to our tradition tama (plu. tamata) is a votive offering or promise for something to happen when someone requires help or a miracle. They are rectangular pieces of metal (tin, silver, or gold) with miniature body parts on the plaque symbolizes the subject of prayer (the miracle) for which the tama (promise or pledge) is offered.Read More
Within the unity of the one Body, each believer continues to be the concrete person that he is; he is not absorbed by the whole. This is why both in divine worship and in the sacramental (Mysteriaki Zoe) life each individual is commemorated by name. He received from the Holy Spirit his own gift, and he is called to us it not egotistically, but for the edification of the other members and for the growth of the overall body, together with his own growth "in Christ". The Apostle Saint states: "To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To me is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gift of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.Read More
The Church is supposed to be a community of people united by the Spirit of God. While this is what it is supposed to be, sometimes churches have problems. Pride, gossip, slander, malice, deception, etc. can all come in and do harm to the "Bride" of Christ, the Church.Read More
The Holy Spirit was not revealed in the same manner in which the Son was revealed; He remains unapproachable to man. He is however in His Divine Energies, through the gifts which He bestows upon the faithful. He is "the Treasury of good things and the Bestower of life", according to the prayer of the Church.Read More