St Cyril of Jerusalem: Do You Believe in One God as Father of the Only-Begotten?

Feast of the Holy Hieromartyr Haralambos

Cyril_of_Jerusalem_Square_2.jpgON THE unity of God we spoke at sufficient length yesterday; I mean sufficient, not according to the dignity of the subject (for that is quite impossible for human nature), but as far as it has been granted to our weakness. I detailed the deviations in the manifold errors of the impious heretics. Shaking off their filth and their soul-poisoning doctrines, yet remembering what... Continue Reading

St Cyril of Jerusalem: Do You Believe that God Is Perfect & One?

Feast of the Holy Prophet Zachariah

Cyril_Jerusalem_Square.jpgWE MUST believe that God is perfect in all things, according to the saying of the Savior: “Your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt. 5.48); perfect in sight, perfect in power, perfect in greatness, perfect in foreknowledge, perfect in goodness, perfect in justice, perfect in loving-kindness; not limited by space, but the Creator of space, existing in all things but circumscribed by none. The heaven... Continue Reading

Fr Alexander Schmemann: Did You Know the Easter Liturgy Is a Baptismal Liturgy?

Feast of St Agatha the Martyr

Schmemann_Square_1.jpgIN THE PAST, during the “golden age” of Christian liturgy, the sacrament of Baptism was performed on the paschal night as an organic part of the great annual celebration of Easter. Even today, long after the link between the two solemnities has been broken, the baptismal rites and the paschal liturgy still keep an indelible mark of their initial connection and interdependence. Not many... Continue Reading

St Irenaeus of Lyons: Do You Bear the Spirit of God?

Synaxis of the Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-Receiver and the Holy Prophetess Anna

Irenaeus_Square_3.jpgSO, FAITH procures for us this, as the elders, the disciples of the apostles, have handed down to us: firstly, it exhorts us to remember that we have received baptism for the remission of sins, in the name of God the Father, and in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was incarnate,... Continue Reading

St Gregory the Theologian: Have You Risen Up with the Spirit?

Feast of St Trypho the Martyr and St Perpetua & Her Companions

Gregory_Theologian_Square_2.jpgTHE WORD of Scripture recognizes three births for us: one from the body, one from baptism, and one from resurrection. The first takes place at night and in slavery and in passions. The second takes place in the day and in freedom and releases from passions, cutting away all the veil that has surrounded us since birth and... Continue Reading

Fr Dumitru Staniloae: Are You in Dialogue with the Rational Cosmos?

Feast of St Laurence the Recluse

Staniloae_Square_3.jpegTHE CONTENT of natural revelation is the cosmos and man who is endowed with reason, with conscience, and with freedom. But man is not only an object that can be known within this revelation; he is also one who is a subject of the knowledge of revelation. Both man and the cosmos are equally the product of a creative act of God which is above... Continue Reading

Fr Dumitru Staniloae: Have You Separated Natural and Supernatural Revelation?

Feast of St Peter the Righteous of Egypt

Staniloae_Square_2.jpgTHE ORTHODOX church makes no separation between natural and supernatural revelation. Natural revelation is known and understood fully in the light of supernatural revelation, or we might say that natural revelation is given and maintained by God continuously through His own divine act which is above nature. That is why Saint Maximus the Confessor does not posit an essential distinction between natural revelation... Continue Reading

Fr Dumitru Staniloae: Are You Allowing Christ to Raise You to the Heights of His Humanity?

Feast of St Gregory the Theologian

Staniloae_Square.jpgSUPERNATURAL revelation came to a close in Christ. For in Him, as in its first exemplar, the plan to save and to deify creation has reached its fulfillment. This plan cannot lead any higher. God draws no closer to man than He has in Christ. The union between God and man cannot advance any further nor can we grow to any higher fulfillment than the... Continue Reading

Fr Georges Florovsky: Is Your Ecumenical Dialogue Patient and Honest and Deep?

Feast of St Timothy, the Apostle of the 70

Florovsky_Square.jpgPROFESSOR Karmiris spoke at the University of Athens in 1950 on the occasion of the celebration of the Three Saints [Orthodox Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs on Jan 30: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom] on this very subject: the schism of the Roman Church. His speech was devoted to the history of the separation. He concluded by... Continue Reading

St Basil the Great: Are You Ruled by the Lord or Do You Do What is Right in Your Own Eyes?

Feast of the Righteous Euthymius the Great

Basil_Square_6.jpgTHE GOOD GOD, in His kindness and love for humanity in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and through the operation of the Holy Spirit, preserved me from the delusion of pagan tradition, for I was raised by Christian parents from the very first. From the womb I learned from them the sacred writings, which brought me to a knowledge of the... Continue Reading

St Cyril of Alexandria: Has the Blessed John Initiated You into the Mystery?

Feast of Sts Athanasius and Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria

Cyril_Alexandria_Square.jpgALL WORDS fall short of the renown and glory of the saints, for, as it is written: “They became like stars in the world, offering it the word of life” (Phil. 2.15). When they speak about the divine mysteries how rightly we should all say to them: “It is not you who speak but the Spirit of the Father who speaks... Continue Reading

St Ephraim the Syrian: Do You Resemble the Holy of Holies?

Feast of St Domnica the Righteous of Constantinople

Creation_Adam___Eve_Square_1.jpegTHE JUST ONE saw how Adam had become audacious because He had been lenient, and He knew that he would overstep again if He continued thus; Adam had trampled down that gentle and pleasant boundary, so instead God made for him a boundary guarded by force. The mere words of the commandment had been the boundary to the Tree, but now the... Continue Reading

St Sophronius: Have You Been Illuminated by the Light of the Knowledge of God?

Feast of the Holy Theophany of Our Lord

Baptism_Square_1.jpegO TRINITY supreme in being, in goodness, and in Godhead, almighty, who watchest over all, invisible, incomprehensible, Maker of spiritual beings and rational natures, innate Goodness, Light that none can approach and that lightens every man that comes into the world: Shine also upon me Thine unworthy servant. Enlighten the eyes of my understanding that I may make bold to sing the... Continue Reading

St Ephraim the Syrian: Is He God and Flesh or Is Our Salvation False?

Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and Feast of Sts Basil the Great and Gregory the Theologian

Ephraim_Square.jpgWE CONFESS one and the same individual as perfect God and perfect Man.

He is God the Word Which was flesh.

For if He was not flesh, why was Mary chosen? And if He is not God, whom does Gabriel call Lord?

If He was not flesh, who... Continue Reading

St Peter Chrysologus: Can You Fathom the Mystery of the Lord's Birth?

Feast of St Gideon the New Martyr of Mount Athos

Theotokos_with_Child_Square.jpegHOW SECRET are the sleeping quarters of a king! The place where the nation’s head, who is powerful, takes his rest is wont to be viewed only in a spirit of reverence and awe. No alien, no sullied man, no unloyal subject, gains access and entrance to it. How clean, how chaste, how faithful are the services expected there! The... Continue Reading

St Augustine: Are You Holding Fast to the Lowliness of God?

Feast of the 20,000 Martyrs Burned in Nicomedia

Augustine_Square_4.jpgTHE BIRTHDAY of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on which Truth sprang forth from the earth and the procession of day from day extending even unto our time began, has, with the return of its anniversary, dawned upon us today as deserving of special celebration. “Let us be glad and rejoice therein” (Ps. 117.24), for the faith of Christians holds fast... Continue Reading

The Fathers: What Have You Offered Christ?

Synaxis of the Holy Theotokos

Nativity_Square_5.jpegWHEN THE Lord Jesus was born of the holy Virgin, all the world was enlightened. The shepherds watched in the fields, the Magi adored and the angels praised in song; but Herod was troubled: for God has appeared in the flesh, the Savior of our souls.

Thy Kingdom, O Christ our God, is a Kingdom of all the ages, and Thy rule is from generation... Continue Reading

The Fathers: Do You Cry Aloud for Mercy from the God Born of a Virgin?

Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and the Adoration of the Magi: Melchior, Gaspar & Balthasar and the Commemoration of the Shepherds in Bethlehem Who Were Watching Their Flocks and Came to See the Lord

Nativity_Square_4.jpegCOME, LET us greatly rejoice in the Lord as we tell of this present mystery. The middle wall of partition has been destroyed; the flaming sword turns back, the cherubim... Continue Reading

The Fathers: Do You Bear Witness to the Fearful Wonder?

Forefeast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

gifts-of-magi_square.jpgMAKE READY, O cave, for the Ewe Lamb comes, bearing Christ in her womb. And do thou, O manger, accept Him who by His word has loosed us dwellers on earth from acts that are against reason. Ye shepherds abiding in the fields, bear witness to the fearful wonder. And ye, Magi from Persia, offer to the King gold... Continue Reading

The Fathers: Have You Looked with the Eyes of Your Soul upon the Virgin and the Mystery in the Cave?

Forefeast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

Nativity_Square_3.jpgLET US celebrate, O ye people, the Forefeast of the Nativity of Christ, and raising our minds on high let us go in spirit to Bethlehem; and with the eyes of our soul let us look upon the Virgin, as she hastens to the cave to give birth to our God, the Lord of all. Joseph, when he beheld... Continue Reading