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Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Cross: the great mystery of our faith, so powerful an image that the Protestant poet John Milton couldn’t bring himself to write about it in his sequel to Paradise Lost, the epic poem Paradise Regained. The closest moment for Milton to the Crucifixion which he felt he envision was the temptation of Christ, for…

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The Nativity of the Theotokos

The day we celebrate a feast which is the realization of so many of the icons of the Old Testament, the Nativity of the Theotokos. The Nativity of the Theotokos is the first Marian feast of the Church year. We rejoice with all creation the reality alluded to in Noah’s ark, the ark of the…

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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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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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