A Feast Of The Mother of God

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28 Every time that the Church celebrates a feast of the Mother of God, this is the passage that is read. This means that today’s gospel reading is read more than almost any other gospel passage in the life of the Church (excluding the […]

Unity through Truth

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 17:1-13 In today’s gospel passage we hear a portion of Our Lord’s great high priestly prayer which he prayed on the night in which He was given up, or rather gave Himself up, for the life of the world. Our Holy Church gives us this […]

Can we actually experience God?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark 2:1-12 On this the Second Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, we commemorate our Father among the saints Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica (Thessaloniki).  The gospel that is given to us is meant to guide us and inform us regarding the special character of this […]

If you read the Bible without the Church…

Today we celebrate and remember the first ecumenical council. This council was summoned on May 20th in the year 325 ad in the city of Nicaea by the emperor St. Constantine to deal with the first great controversy that had overtaken the Christian world. Some people think that speaking and writing about theology is unnecessary […]

Looking for Life in all the wrong places

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John 5:1-15 We have heard this story about the paralyzed man many times here in the Church. He had been ill for 38 years and he waited near the pool called Bethsaida since this was known to be a miraculous pool where all manner of illness […]