Posts by jhcorkern

The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God

In icons of the Dormition, we see the usual depiction of the Theotokos and Christ inverted; where once Christ was held in her arms, now she is the child and held in His. As the Theotokos once carried Christ and through her He assumed His human nature, now she is carried by Him, partaking in…

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The Transfiguration

In the Transfiguration, we see through the eyes of the Apostles the majesty of the God-Man Jesus Christ. Not only do Ss. Peter, James, and John fall on their faces “in awe,” as the Scripture tells us, but so too are the greatest figures of the Old Testament present to worship the Incarnate Word. In…

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Beginning of the Dormition Fast

Today marks the beginning of the Dormition Fast. Annually, our Church becomes somber, as the Early Church must have grown somber when the Theotokos approached the end of her time here on Earth. In addition to the tone fasting sets for the Dormition, we also fast because we are an ascetical Church. In a culture…

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The Dormition of St Anne, the Mother of the Mother of God

Today we commemorate the Dormition of St Anne, the Mother of the Theotokos. Tradition tells us that St Anne was the daughter of Matthan the priest, and was a part of the tribe of Levi. Her sister, Zoia, was the mother of Elizabeth, who in turn was mother of St John the Forerunner. St Anne…

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Holy Prophet Elijah the Thesbite

Today is the feast day of the Prophet Elijah. His name in Hebrew means “My God is the Lord.” The greatest prophet of the Old Testament, Elijah is remembered for his contest against the prophets of the false pagan god Baal, where he demonstrated to the people of Israel the impotence of their idols and…

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