Can the Virgin Mary “save” us?

St. John of Damascus asking the Virgin Mary for the healing of his severed hand

Today I read the comments on this YouTube video. I know, I know—YouTube comments generally are the lowest form of discourse on the Internet, and I wasn’t terribly surprised to see that someone thought that the musical line “Most Holy Mother of God, save us” was “blasphemous.” (He preferred to hear his blasphemy in Latin, […]

That Man Might Become God

The shrine of St. Athanasius at St. Mark's Cathedral, Cairo

(From Wikimedia Commons)

This sermon may be heard as a recording via Ancient Faith Radio here. Twelfth Sunday of Luke / Feast of Ss. Athanasius and Cyril, January 18, 2015 Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Today is the feast of […]

Your Own Personal Jesus: Christmas and Paul

Inside the house of Ananias in Damascus(from Wikimedia Commons)

Sunday after the Nativity of Christ, December 28, 2014 Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. Christ is born! Today we continue to celebrate the Nativity of our Savior Jesus Christ. While the world may think that the Christmas […]

Day After Christmas

Synaxis of the Theotokos, Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery(from Wikimedia Commons)

On this day after Christmas, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Synaxis of the Theotokos, remembering in a special way the Virgin Mary’s role in giving birth to our Savior. A number of our great feasts have a secondary celebration the day after focusing on what may be called the “supporting cast” in the feast. So, […]

14 New Year’s Resolutions for Orthodox Christians

The Altar at Calvary in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

(From Wikimedia Commons)

Around this time of year, many people start thinking about ways they can change for the better. While New Year’s resolutions are not particularly a feature of the Orthodox faith, change certainly is, and resolving to change based on times and seasons is certainly part of our liturgical tradition. So adapting the cultural custom of […]

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Do you have a copy of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy but wish you had a signed one? Have you gotten a chance to read An Introduction to God yet? Are you looking for hard-to-find Christmas gifts and fancy giving an author-signed book or two? Just looking to expand your library? Well, I’d like to help you […]

What Are We Waiting For?: Andrew, Advent and Emmanuel

"The Calling of the First Apostles" (1481), by Domenico Ghirlandaio (Wikimedia Commons)

Feast of the Apostle Andrew, November 30, 2014 Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen. On this day, the thirtieth of November, we celebrate the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-called. As you may imagine, he is a saint who […]