Many readers of the Bible have concluded that these are not simple questions with easy answers. For the Perfect One of the oldest interpretations of the Sermon on the Mount suggests that the words of Jesus found therein are applicable only for those who have vowed lives of perfection. Such was the perspective of Tertullian of Carthage c. This view proved highly influential throughout the medieval period, when the words of the Lord were understood as applicable for members of monastic communities and among the clergy. Pedagogical Instruction In response to the view that the ethics commands of the Sermon on the Mount applied only to the perfect, the Protestant Reformers and many of their theological heirs argued that Jesus spoke to all people despite the fact that no human being can actually meet his demands. While this view speaks to one aspect of ethical systems existing in a fallen world—that no one will ever fully satisfy the requirements of perfection—this too remains an unsatisfactory reading of the Matthew 5—7. Jesus admonishes his listeners to hear and obey, to be wise doers. Jesus speaks without qualification or hesitation about the morality he expects his followers to exhibit. There is more going on here than claims of human imperfection. In this view, Matthew expected Jesus-Followers to heroically adhere to these ethical parameters for a brief period of missional activity.

Modern Medievalism: My Sunday at a Russian Orthodox church

But what exactly are we doing when we make the Sign of the Cross? Here are 21 things: We begin and end our prayers with the Sign of the Cross, perhaps not realizing that the sign is itself a prayer. John Damascene put it , then the Sign of the Cross assuredly qualifies.

After a wonderful liturgy, we attended the High School meeting at St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Ottawa, Canada. Happy (Ihab) Mikhail gave a talk on dating. Posted in Sermon, Tour | .

In the Romanian principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia there have been as many as 17 rulers with this name, the most famous of whom is Stephen the Great. The information we have on him originates in the New Testament, the book titled the Acts of the Apostles. Stephen is known as one of the first seven deacons, probably a Hellenistic Jew.

The mission he had received from the Twelve Apostles consisted in social activities, such as taking care of the old, the poor, or widows, and preaching the acts and teachings of Jesus. He was seen as more educated than most fellow citizens and with very strong faith, which triggered the envy of Jewish religious leaders. Because of a famous sermon in which he defended Christianity and accused the Jews of having murdered Jesus, Saint Stephen is seized by Jewish authorities and stoned to death, to thus become the first Christian Martyr.

One of the most important witnesses of this murder was none other than Saint Apostle Paul, who was one of St. The cult of Saint Stephen developed spectacularly only in the 5th Century, when his grave was found by priest Lucian in Caphar Gamala, in His remains were taken to Constantinople and then to Rome, along with the stones by which he had reportedly been killed. In UK alone, 46 very old churches are dedicated to St.

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Our speaker reminded us that Dr. Not only did he want to end segregation, he wanted to tackle two other related issues of his day: He recognized that poverty and militarism were related and that they disproportionately affected people of color. In taking up these causes he made enemies. Even as we celebrate a call to service and a dream of a color-blind America, David reminded his readers that Dr.

I began to see some parallels between the two missions.

He was a proto-orthodox church father who saw Gnosticism as a major threat to the success and unity of Christianity and pulled out all the stops in his assault on it. Justin Martyr One of the earliest “apologists,” Justin lived in Rome in the mid-second century.

Lawrence Farley The service of Vespers is, I think, dramatically under-appreciated today. The temptation for us busy people is to reduce our church-going to Sunday mornings only, and let everything else slide. Since we under-appreciate Vespers, it often tends to slide with other things we deem relatively unimportant. But Vespers warrants a second look, and a renewed appreciation.

Christians are to pray to God not just on Sunday mornings, but constantly, sanctifying time by offering prayer throughout the day. Soon enough a certain pattern would become standard, with believers praying at the third hour, the sixth hour, and the ninth hour that is, at 9. Christians were encouraged to pray in the evening also, and the pious were even encouraged to rise at midnight and pray at home for a bit easier to do then than now, since people then went to bed earlier.

In those days, the believers would say a prayer of thanksgiving when the evening lamp was brought in. Back then there was no electric light of course, and unless one lit a lamp for illumination, one sat in the dark.

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They must have liked it, for they invited me back for two messages in I am indebted to Jim Woodroof for some of the thoughts, particularly my treatment of 2 Corinthians 5: You can see these in his book, The Aroma of Christ.

With a sermon title like this, you’d think it was Valentine’s Day! But that’s still a couple of weeks off. Or, maybe you think I’m going to talk about an old “Huey Lewis and the News” song from the s.

Let the Whole World Hear! Grounds Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Later, having raised enough money to meet the asking price, he returned to the seller, hoping to purchase that beautiful instrument. But to his great dismay it had been sold to a collector. The collector said it had become his prized possession and he would not sell it. Keenly disappointed, Kreisler was about to leave when he had an idea.


This did not settle the matter. Varying lists continued to be drawn up by different church authorities as can be seen from above. The Catholic Church proclaims itself to be the authority for the Canon and the interpretation of scripture, therefore the owner of the list of 27 books.

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Saturday January 16th, 1 Shevat Rabbi Stephen Wise Many of you probably heard the recent news out of Jerusalem, that a woman was arrested by Jerusalem police at the Western Wall, the Kotel, one of our most sacred sites in all of Israel. What was her crime? Publicly wearing a tallit, a prayer shawl traditionally worn by men. Nofrat Frankel , the woman arrested, was participating in the Rosh Chodesh first of the month prayer service organized by the Women of the Wall.

Traditional Judaism does not accept these practices, and as Dr. What made this service radically different, certainly transcendent, was that we not only prayed aloud but we also chanted from the Torah. In the past they have had chairs thrown at them, verbal assaults, even human feces. Women at the wall are not a political group aimed to upset people. Rather the opposite is true. Facing the beginning of the first Intifada, a small group of women walked together to the wall and began to pray together, and hope for peace.

An Orthodox man, watching the women pray, grabbed a can of tear gas from a police officer and threw it at them. Out of that experience, women who came monthly to pray began calling themselves, the women of the wall.

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Although initially the Eastern and Western Christians shared the same faith, the two traditions began to divide after the seventh Ecumenical Council in CE and is commonly believed to have finally split over the conflict with Rome in the so called Great Schism in In particular this happened over the papal claim to supreme authority and the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. The break became final with the failure of the Council of Florence in the fifteenth century. However, in the minds of most Orthodox, a decisive moment was the sack of Constantinople in during the Western Christian Fourth Crusade.

Sermon illustrations, through the years, a driver has never been pronounced dead at the race track a trip to the indianapolis motor speedway racing museum, located inside the 25 mile oval, has no memorial to the 40 drivers who have lost their lives.

Christopher Constantinides to present: Spiro Aurora Greek Fest Update: We will be open for lunch this Friday! Only 3 of your favorite menu items will be available. Have more time, join us in our heated tent. Special lunch hours are from Then we kick-off the fest with our full menu at 5: Tell your friends, family and co-workers. We are all Greek this weekend. Our parish is blessed to have been gifted the Holy Relics of St.

Xponia Polla to everyone who celebrates today! The Aurora Greek Fest is 3 weeks away! Have you made your plans to join us!?


And here’s why that person isn’t “the one. It is time for Christians to start talking about dating. The trajectory of lives and eternities are in the balance. You startin’ kinda strong! Church, this issue shapes our young people, friends and family more than we could ever imagine.

Divine Love the Attitude of Russian Orthodox Church to the Books by S Lazarev. Tidings for Dec My Private Life is Mine The Tabernacle of Meeting The Ark of Covenant Intercessions The Sermon on the Mount (I) Sermon on the Mount (II) Christian Self Esteem Dating Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan Joh Joh Fast Fast Fast Fast Fast.

January 31, 1 Corinthians I think you will agree with me that the word love can have a lot of different meanings. It can speak of romance, but not always. If all of this is true, then what do we mean when we say: Love Defined 1 Corinthians 13 is perhaps the best-known love song in history. What it offers is a definition of divine love and then it invites us to share in it.

As we listen to the song, it becomes clear that the love described here is more than an emotional response to a person or a thing.

Creedal Christian: Sermon for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost

Take the Saints Trivia Quiz now! As a young girl, she worked as a shepherdess. She is said to have experienced visions of the Child Jesus and of Christ on the cross that induced her to ask her mother to take her to a Catholic church in order to venerate images of the Savior there. Subsequently, with her parent’s approval, Catherine took a job as a maid for a Catholic family in the city of Kotor Cattaro.

Apr 24,  · Sunday of the Paralytic Tomorrow, the fourth Sunday of Pascha, is dedicated to the healing of the paralytic. S. V. Bulgakov writes: On this Sunday the most wonderful healing of the paralytic by the Sheep’s Pool, who for 38 years languished in severe illness is glorified. According to the explanation of the Synaxarion, this miracle is Author: ORA ET LABORA.

Saturday, April 24, Sunday of the Paralytic Tomorrow, the fourth Sunday of Pascha, is dedicated to the healing of the paralytic. On this Sunday the most wonderful healing of the paralytic by the Sheep’s Pool, who for 38 years languished in severe illness is glorified. According to the explanation of the Synaxarion, this miracle is celebrated on this Sunday because Christ did it during the Jewish Pentecost. In the healing of the paralytic the Holy Church sees the paradigm of the renewal of life of all humanity through the resurrection of Christ.

He renewed in Himself the corrupted nature of our race. And the race of men is vested in incorruption. We therefore cry to Thee with thanksgiving: Together with this the Holy Church, reminding us about the paralysis of our souls through sin, calls each of us to appeal:

Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, Aurora, IL

It seems that what is left of the Christian world has gone entirely dhimmi. A person brought up the historical process of destroying buildings and replacing them with Muslim buildings in their stead. After reading the article you sent, I found myself thinking that I should write an article about the Christian habit of taking over sacred places and building cathedrals on them.

After all, once Christianity became legal, temples were turned into churches. Even in areas outside the Empire, such as Ireland, once Christianity came in, the sacred trees were cut down and churches were built in their place. In Mexico, the cathedral in the Distrito Federal is built right on a temple.

Sermon on the 6th Sunday of Matthew (July 8, ): OMHKSEA sermon on the 6th Sunday of Matthew (July 8, ) by Metropolitan Nektarios at Saint Luke Orthodox Cathedral in Hong Kong. I would like to thank those who recorded the speech and turned it into text.

Grief and bereavement Stage One: Shiva After the burial, the immediate mourners return to a home called the “shiva house,” to begin a seven day period of intense mourning. Shiva is from the word sheva, which means seven. This week is called “sitting shiva,” and is an emotionally and spiritually healing time where the mourners sit low, dwell together, and friends and loved ones come to comfort them with short visits referred to as “shiva calls.

All other loved ones are also mourned, but the observances of shiva do not apply. Ideally all of the direct mourners sit shiva in the house of the deceased, for it says, “Where a person lived, there does his spirit continue to dwell. But one may sit shiva in any home. Particularly, a home of one of the direct mourners will be filled with the spirit of the loved one who is now gone.

Memories will come easily there, and part of the comfort of the week of shiva is sharing such memories. It is best for mourners to move into the shiva house together for the week. If this is not possible, designate one home as the shiva house, and those who cannot sleep there may leave after dark to go home, and return to the shiva house early in the morning.

To be seen in public would force one to put on an inappropriate “public face” during this time. Mourners should ideally not leave the shiva house at any time. Others must take care of any errands or outside commitments for them.

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