INCENSE

Let My Prayer Arise as Incense Before Thee From Old Testament times believers have burned incense as an offering when worshiping God. The ancient temple in Jerusalem even had priests whose sole duty was to keep the censer burning twenty-four hours a day. Ancient pagan kings were often escorted with large fans of peacock feathers and burning incense when entering…

THE STRUGGLE

Holiness Comes Only to Those Who Struggle There is no spiritual improvement if we do not seek to please God with holiness of life. If we find good in our deeds, we must attribute it to God. If we find we’ve neglected our spiritual struggle, and acted with foolish abandon, we, in our weakness, must turn to God in repentance.…

SUBSTANCE AND SHADOW

The Light of Christ Does Not Cast a Shadow A shadow is an area where direct light from a  source, such as the Sun, cannot reach due to obstruction by an object. It occupies all of the space behind an object with light in front of it. “Substance” on the other hand is that which is solid and practical in…

BIRTH CONTROL

Birth Control, and the Orthodox Christian Couple Marriage, for the Orthodox Christian, is to have as it’s foundation, Jesus Christ, and a commitment to live in full communion with the Church. When a couple are joined together in this mystical (sacramental) union with one another, they become one flesh, and begin their relationship as one. The crowning ceremony symbolizes martyrdom…

THE WILL OF GOD

He Who Trusts the Will of God Has No Worries With all the troubles that are now befalling our world, many people find themselves worrying about the future. The pandemic, as well as the political instability that has taken the West by storm, together with job stability, has given many people cause for concern. Yet for the Christian, we know…

GOOD DEEDS

When Good Deeds Become Prideful If the performance of good deeds are done in order to attain personal benefit for oneself, or to receive the praise of others, it falls under the sin of avarice, vanity, and greed. Anyone who performs good deeds for such purposes is guilty of sinful pride, and vainglory. The performance of any good deed that…

ETERNITY

Eternity is a Very Long Time God reveals Himself to us if we seek Him out, and only remains invisible to us if we refuse, out of pride and self absorption, to let Him enter our lives. If you desire the knowledge that is yours for the asking, simply make it known, and God will open the way for you.…

IGNITING THE SOUL

We are Called to be a Holy People If we are to be true to our calling as the children of God, we must live in imitation of Christ. We must imitate His meekness and humility. We must love others just as did He. We must be willing to be transformed, and made whole, that others can see in us,…

PRAYER

How Should We Pray? Over the years, as strange as it may seem, we’ve had a number of people ask us if we’d pray they win the lottery, promising that if they did they’d donate a large portion to the brotherhood. The logic seemed to suggest that if the monks were going to get some of the take, the Lord…

THE DIVINE FLAME

The Divine Flame will Consume You At the very first moment you decide to turn to God, your heart begins to be warmed by the action of the Holy Spirit. Your heart is kindled with the divine flame that will transform you. This flame will consume you completely, and will melt everything of a fallen nature within you. Once this…