Reflections


18
Apr 2020
Daily Reflection April 18th, 2020

APRIL 18, GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY An anonymous sermon on Great and Holy Saturday What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled. Truly he goes to seek out our first parent like a lost sheep; he wishes to visit those who......

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16
Apr 2020
Daily Reflection April 16th, 2020

APRIL 16, GREAT AND HOLY THURSDAY A sermon of St. John Chrysostom on Matthew • Great and Holy Thursday How many now say, I would wish to see His form, the mark, His clothes, His shoes. Lo! you see Him, you touch Him, you eat Him. And you indeed desire to see His clothes, but He gives Himself to you not to see only, but also to touch and eat and receive within you. Let then no one approach it with indifference, no one faint-hearted, but all with burning hearts, all fervent, all......

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15
Apr 2020
Daily Reflection April 15th, 2020

APRIL 15, GREAT AND HOLY WEDNESDAY The woman had fallen into many sins, O Lord, yet, when she perceived Your divinity, she joined the ranks of the myrrh-bearing women. In tears she brought You myrrh before Your burial. She cried: “Woe is me! For I live in the night of licentiousness, shrouded in the dark and moonless love of sin. But accept the fountain of my tears, O You, Who gathered the waters of the sea into clouds! Bow down Your ear to the sighing of my heart, O You, Who bowed the......

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15
Apr 2020
Daily Reflection April 14th, 2020

APRIL 14, GREAT AND HOLY TUESDAY Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. ​And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all......

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13
Apr 2020
Daily Reflection April 13th, 2020

APRIL 13, GREAT AND HOLY MONDAY “Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do......

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11
Apr 2020
Daily Reflection April 11th, 2020

APRIL 11, LAZARUS SATURDAY “…He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. ​Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.” Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his......

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10
Apr 2020
Daily Reflection April 10th, 2020

PROLOGUE FROM OCHRID • APRIL 10, Martyrs Terence, Pompeius, Africanus, Maximus, Zeno, Alexander, Theodore, Macarius, and 33 others beheaded at Carthage “When a man detaches his mind from earth and opens it toward God with the desire to please Him, then God reveals His will in various ways. St. Peter of Damascus writes: “If a man has a full intention to please God, then God teaches him His will either through thoughts, through some other person, or through Holy Scripture.” Such a man becomes attentive and keen, and awaits God’s promptings from......

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10
Apr 2020
Daily Reflection April 9th, 2020

PROLOGUE FROM OCHRID APRIL 9, Holy Martyr Eupsychius of Caesarea in Cappadocia “It is said about Pericles that he was a man of almost perfect human beauty except that his head was oblong and resembled a gourd , so that he was subject to ridicule when he appeared bareheaded in public. In order to conceal the defect of this great man of his people, Greek sculptors always portrayed him with a helmet on his head. When some of the pagans knew how to conceal the defects of their friends, how much more,......

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08
Apr 2020
Daily Reflection April 8th, 2020

PROLOGUE FROM OCHRID • APRIL 8, Holy Apostles from among the 70: Herodion, Agabus, Asyncritus, Rufus, Phlegon, Hermes, and those with them REFLECTION “There is heroism above heroism and asceticism above asceticism. St. Epiphanius of Cyprus invited Hilarion the Great to dinner and, in order to show the greatest hospitality to his distinguished guest, set roasted chicken on the table and offered it to him. Hilarion said to him: “Forgive me, but ever since I was tonsured a monk, I have eaten nothing butchered.” To this Epiphanius replied: “And I, ever since......

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07
Apr 2020
Daily Reflection April 7th, 2020

APRIL 7, St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow REFLECTION Fr. John’s Reflection: “But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them. In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be affliction, and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace. For though in the sight of men they were punished, their hope is full of immortality. Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested......

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