Do Orthodox Christians know the Gospel message?

Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles (14th c.)

(From Wikimedia Commons)

This is a talk I recently gave at the Orthodox Homeschooling Conference. (Listen to the recording here.) This topic has been of great importance to me over the past several years, and I must admit to a little bit of frustration regarding what I describe especially in its opening paragraphs. … READ MORE ›

Thomas Sunday: Death, Resurrection and Daily Life

The Maesta Altarpiece-The Incredulity of St. Thomas, Duccio, 1308

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Thomas Sunday, April 19, 2015 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 risen! Here we stand, at the end of Renewal Week, also called Bright Week, and it is Thomas Sunday. We … READ MORE ›

The Power of Resurrection


I wanted to offer a few words as Orthodox Christians around the world are experiencing Paschal joy, rippling across the time zones with shouts of exultation in the glory of Christ’s rising from death. I’m not sure why, but this year in particular I have strongly felt a sense of … READ MORE ›

The Final Day of Lent: Reflecting on 40 Days of Blogging

The Raising of Lazarus

Today is the fortieth day of Great Lent. Tomorrow, we enter into the transition weekend between Lent and Holy Week—Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday. And this is also my fortieth daily post in a row since Lent began. When I committed to blog every day for forty days, I have … READ MORE ›

Mary of Egypt and the Springtime of Repentance

Mary of Egypt, by Jacopo Tintoretto
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Since today is the feast day of St. Mary of Egypt, I thought I would repost for you here one of my favorite homilies about her. I preached this two years ago on the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, April 21, 2013 Rev. Fr. Andrew … READ MORE ›