What Is Eucharist? from 106 AD

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by St. Ignatius of Antioch "Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God….They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins and which that Father, in his goodness, ... More...

On the Feast of the Beheading of St John, the Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord

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by St.Justin Popovich  Today is a little Great Friday, a second Great Friday. For today the greatest man among those born of women, John, the Holy Forerunner and Baptiser of the Lord, is murdered. On Great Friday, people murdered God, crucified God. On today’s holy great feast, people murdered the greatest of all men. It is not I who chose to use the expression “the greatest.” What are my ... More...

The Gospel meets the Prosperity Gospel

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by St. Ignatius of Antioch (d. 106 AD) From Syria even unto Rome I fight with beasts, both by land and sea, both by night and day, being bound to ten leopards, I mean a band of soldiers, who, even when they receive benefits, show themselves all the worse. But I am the more instructed by their injuries [to act as a disciple of Christ]; "yet am I not thereby justified." May I enjoy the wild ... More...

Nature, Celibacy and Marriage

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by St. Theophan the Recluse The Lord says that originally God Himself blessed the marriage union, and put this law into our nature. About those who do not want to get married He said: "He that is able to receive it, let him receive it". It is clear that although He admitted that marriage is a natural law, it is not so indispensable and inescapable that there is no room for celibacy. He ... More...

Everyone Knows A Church Calls For Reverence

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by St. Theophan the Recluse "My House shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” Everyone knows that a church calls for reverence, for a collecting of thoughts, for deep thinking about God, and for standing in the presence of God, but who fulfills this? People go to church with a desire to pray, to stand in it for a while with warm fervor; but then thoughts begin ... More...