The Dormition (Koimisis) Fast

We find a clear reference to the Dormition (Koimisis) fast in a conversation of Saint Leo the Great from around the year 450 A.D. "The Church fasts are situated in the year in such a way that a special abstinence is prescribed for each time. Thus, for spring there is the spring fast--the Forty Days [Great Lent]; for summer there is the summer fast...[the Apostle's fast]; for autumn there is the autumn fast, in the seventh month [Dormition fast]; for winter there is the winter fast [Nativity fast]."

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Attentiveness and Digital Culture

Having promised us a technological utopia, our ubiquitous and intrusive cyber-culture has instead precipitated a spiritual crisis in which human experience has been systematically fragmented and the coherence of the self increasingly threatened. Living in a culture of organized distractions, our thoughts are isolated and disconnected, preventing us from seeing and experiencing the wholeness of life. Distraction and fragmentation have negative consequences for the organization of knowledge; they prevent us from engaging our spiritual depth, and render us incapable of engaging the spiritual depth of others, for having lost touch with our own personhood, we can receive neither the personhood of our neighbor nor of God.

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Orthodox Christians Prepare to Observe the Holy Dormition Fast (August 1-15)

What does Saint John Chrysostom say about true fasting? "Fasting" he writes, "is a medicine." But medicine, as beneficial as it is, becomes useless because of the inexperience of the user. He has to know the appropriate time that the medicine should be taken and the right amount of medicine and the conditions of the body which is take it, the weather conditions and the seasons of the year and the appropriate diet of the sick and many other things. If any of these things are overlooked, the medicine will do more harm than good. So, if one who is going to heal the body needs so much accuracy, when we care of the soul and are concerned about healing it from bad thoughts, it is necessary to examine and observe everything with every possible detail.

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Holy Martyr Paraskevi and Holy Great Martyr Panteleimon

On July 26th Our Holy Orthodox Christian Church commemorates the holy Feast of Our Holy Mother, the Martyr Paraskevi (Paraskeva) of Rome. Born in Rome of Christian parents, she was brought up from her earliest youth in the Christian faith and gave herself wholeheartedly to the fulfilling of God's Commandments in her life. She brought others to the Way by means of her true and deep faith and devout life.

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The Holy Season of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos (August 1-15)

Let us be happy, beloved brothers and sisters that we belong to the Holy Orthodox Church, worthily and rightly glorifying the Most Holy Sovereign Theotokos on this eminent day out of all the day of the year with special solemnity. There exists on earth many societies and entire governments that do not consider the need nor the obligation to call upon and glorify the Queen of Heaven and earth, the Mother of Our Divine Lord Jesus Christ, and other Saints and Angels; to submissively serve Her lovingly, as the True Mother of God.  

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