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

The Fathers: Do You Worship with Zeal Him Who Strangely Came to Dwell in the Virgin Mary?

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

Nativity_Square_2.jpegTHOU DOST bear the form of Adam, yet Thou art all-perfect, being in the form of God. Of Thine own will Thou art held in human hands, who in Thy might upholdest all things with Thine hand. To Thee the pure and undefiled Virgin spake aloud: “How shall I wrap Thee in swaddling clothes like a child, how shall... Continue Reading

The Fathers: Do You Sing the Praises of His Nativity Past Speech?

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

Nativity_Square_1.jpegLET US sound the symbols; let us shout aloud in songs. The revelation of Christ is now made manifest; the preachings of the prophets have received their fulfillment. For He of whom they spoke, foretelling His appearance in the flesh to mortal men, is born in a holy cave and is laid as a babe in a manger, and... Continue Reading

St Augustine of Hippo: Have You Tasted the Sweetness of the Lord?

Feast of Our Righteous Father Gregentius, Bishop of Ethiopia

Augustine_Square_3.jpgMY MOUTH shall speak the praise of the Lord, of that Lord by whom all things were made and who was made flesh amid all the works of His hands; who is the Manifestor of His Father, the Creator of His Mother; Son of God born of the Father without a mother, Son of Man born of a mother without a father;... Continue Reading

St Ephraim the Syrian: Do You Confess that Mary Gave Birth to God?

Feast of St Sebastian the Martyr & His Companions

Ephraim_Square_3.jpegTHE FATHER exclaimed: This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; heed Him. Thus He spoke of the Son, Who is undivided from the glory of the Divinity. For the Father and the Son together with the Holy Spirit are one nature, one force, one essence and one kingdom.

And Mary was called the Mother of God by... Continue Reading