Divine and Human

The two natures of the Church image the two natures of Christ Christ, the God-man, was equally divine and human, and His Church is an image of this dual nature. Since we are not fully realized as the children of the Most High, journeying, as we are, to the Kingdom that is within, our human nature is still sinful and…

Death

Thinking upon our own death Saint Sisoes, the great ascetic, standing before the tomb of Alexander the Great, beheld the skeletal remains of one who was once covered in magnificent garments.  Astonished, the saint mourned for the vicissitudes of time and the transience of glory, and tearfully proclaimed, “The mere sight of you, tomb, dismays me and causes my heart…

Peace of Heart

Disappointments are meaningless with peace of heart We often find ourselves disappointed in life. The job we really wanted is given to another person. An associate at work doesn’t invite us to the dinner party, yet invited a coworker and his wife. A person we’d love to have as a friend shows no interest and we feel rejected. The music…

It Begins With Me

Blame for all that is wrong with the world rests with me “Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we nurture. If our thoughts are peaceful, calm, meek, and kind, then that is what our life is like. If our attention is turned to the circumstances in which we live, we are drawn into a whirlpool of thoughts and…

Your Best Friend

Your closest friend should be yourself If you have never learned to accept and love yourself, you will never be able to love another person. If you don’t learn to forgive yourself, you will never be able to forgive another person. You must learn to be your own best friend. To love yourself is not about narcissism, an excessive focus…

Spiritual Adulthood

Those occasions when we mature into spiritual adulthood There are those times in our lives when God seems distant, even absent from us. These are usually times when our faith seems weak and we struggle to believe God really cares for us, or perhaps we begin to question whether God even exists. In Western Christian tradition these moments are often…

Becoming Whole

Embrace your material self, together with your soul Unlike angels, who are entirely spiritual beings, God has made each of you as creatures dwelling in a material world. To be whole, you must worship God both in body, soul, and spirit. This teaching is central to our Christian faith and is an affirmation of the sacramental nature of this material…

The Monk

And the acquisition of a humble and a contrite heart When the monk attempts to rely on his own strength to do battle with his fallen nature, he will be defeated. The arena, his field of battle, takes place in his own heart, and will be a life long battle. The monk must manifest his word in deeds, and his…

Becoming Compassionate

We must become a compassionate people That almsgiving leads us to God is so pivotal to our faith, Saint Basil the Great exhorted even the poor to share their meager goods with others. The Christian culture of compassion requires all of us to find ways to lift up the least among us. We can not remain secure in our own…

The Divine Liturgy

Where communion with God is restored At the Mystical Supper in the Upper Room Jesus gave a dramatically new meaning to the food and drink of the sacred meal. He identified Himself with the bread and wine: “Take, eat; this is my Body. Drink of it all of you; for this is my Blood of the New Covenant” (Matthew 26:26-28).…

Holy Pascha

Abbot Tryphon reading the Paschal sermon of Saint John Chrysostom  Paschal Greetings from Around the World Language Greeting Response Aleut: Khristus anahgrecum! Alhecum anahgrecum! Aleut: Khris-tusax agla-gikux! Agangu-lakan agla-gikux! Albanian: Krishti U Ngjall! Vertet U Ngjall! Alutuq: Khris-tusaq ung-uixtuq! Pijii-nuq ung-uixtuq! Amharic: Kristos tenestwal! Bergit tenestwal! Anglo-Saxon: Crist aras! Crist sodhlice aras! Arabic: El Messieh kahm! Hakken kahm! Armenian: Kristos…

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

I’ve been told I have suffered trauma, and should rest as much as possible until at least Tuesday of Bright Week. I’ve therefore been advise by my doctor not to serve any further services, including the Paschal Liturgy, until I’ve recovered. We are fortunate to have Hieromonk Paul, so we’ll still be able, as a monastic community, to usher in…