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Nov 2023

REFLECTION  •  OCTOBER 29  •  Holy Martyr Anastasia the Roman REFLECTION But he that endureth to the end shall be saved (Matthew 10:22), said the Lord. Faith is the only light of endurance, for endurance in and of itself implies unbearable darkness. Faith is the shining star in this darkness; faith eases the sharpness of suffering; it bears on its wings all the weight of endurance. St. Abramius gives us a beautiful example of perseverance in endurance. The vexation that the devil caused him by a multitude of temptations and terrors would......

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Nov 2023

REFLECTION  •  OCTOBER 30 • Hieromartyr Zenobius, and his sister, Zenobia of Aegae in Cilicia REFLECTION A great son of the Orthodox Church, King Milutin saved the Balkans from Uniatism. At that time in history when the Byzantine emperor’s conscience was weakened, this noble and God-bearing Slavic king rose up decisively and, with God’s help, saved Orthodoxy-not only in his own land, but also in all the lands of the Balkans. He who closely examines the life of the holy King Milutin will understand why God gave him success after success in......

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Nov 2023

REFLECTION  •  NOVEMBER 3 Martyrs Akepsimas the Bishop, Joseph the Presbyter, and Aithalas the Deacon, of Persia REFLECTION Among the countless miracles of St. George, this one is recorded: On the island of Mytilene there was a church dedicated to St. George the Great-martyr and Trophy-bearer. All the inhabitants of the island would come to this church on the annual feast of their patron saint. Knowing of this, the Saracens of Crete once attacked this island on its feast day, pillaged the island, and enslaved its inhabitants, taking many of them back......

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Nov 2023

REFLECTION  •  NOVEMBER 6  •  St. Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople REFLECTION If God can bring forth water from a rock as a comfort to men, He is also able to send down fire from the heavens as a punishment. The fate of Sodom and Gomorrah is a classic example of God’s punishment upon incorrigible sinners. That God can repeat this punishment was demonstrated over Constantinople in the year 472, during the time of Emperor Leo the Great and Patriarch Gennadius. At noon on November 6 of that year, the sky......

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Nov 2023

REFLECTION  •  NOVEMBER 10 • Apostles of the Seventy: Erastus, Olympas, Herodion, Sosipater, Quartus, and Tertius REFLECTION The all-wondrous paths of God’s providence were shown in an exceptional and wondrous event in the monastery of Dochiarou at the time of the Blessed Neophytus, the nephew of St. Euthymius. When, after the death of Euthymius, Neophytus began to build a new and larger church to St. Nicholas the miracle-worker, his resources ran out and he to prayed to God for help and God helped him in a miraculous manner. Toward the monastery of......

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Nov 2023

REFLECTION  •  NOVEMBER 19  •  Holy Prophet Obadiah REFLECTION A tale of the Elder Barlaam to Ioasaph: A man was fleeing from a terrifying unicorn. Fleeing thus, he fell into a pit, but grabbed hold of a tree. Just when he thought that he was out of danger, he looked down below the tree and saw two mice, one black and one white, gnawing alternately but continuously at the roots of the tree, so as to gnaw through and bring the tree crashing down. Looking down even further, he saw a huge,......

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Nov 2023

DAILY REFLECTION  •  OCTOBER 5  •  Holy Martyr Charitina of Amisus REFLECTION Whenever men exert great effort in seeking the truth, and prefer nothing else to the truth, God comes to meet them in His gentle way. This is shown to us in the life of St. Dionysius of Alexandria. Even as a young man and a pagan, Dionysius read all the Greek literature, seeking the truth. When he was not satisfied with this, he read everything that came into his hands. And, in accord with God’s providence, he met a poor......

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Nov 2023

DAILY REFLECTION  •  OCTOBER 19  •  Holy Prophet Joel REFLECTION An appearance of the Holy Martyr Varus: When the devout widow Cleopatra built a church to him, she summoned the bishop and priests to consecrate it. A large number of Christians gathered for this celebration, for the entire countryside venerated St. Varus as a great healer and miracle-worker. Following the divine services, this pious benefactress went before the relics of St. Varus and prayed: “I beseech you-you who endured much suffering for Christ-implore God for that which is pleasing to Him; and......

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Nov 2023

DAILY REFLECTION  •  OCTOBER 20  •  Greatmartyr Artemius at Antioch REFLECTION This glorious saint was an Egyptian by birth and the chief commander under Emperor Constantine the Great. When the victorious Cross, surrounded by stars, appeared to Emperor Constantine, Artemius also saw that Cross, believed in the Lord Christ and was baptized. Later, during the reign of Emperor Constantius, this emperor sent him to Greece to remove the relics of St. Andrew from Patras and St. Luke from Thebes, and to take them to Constantinople. Commander Artemius carried this out with joy.......

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Nov 2023

DAILY REFLECTION  •  OCTOBER 21  •  Venerable Hilarion the Great REFLECTION The All-seeing eye of God watches over all men and, in a wondrous manner, guides the faithful to salvation. That which seems to the faithful a great loss can show itself over time to be a great gain. The case of St. Philotheus and his brother, who were lost to their mother, is similar to the case of St. Xenophont (January 26), and the case of St. Eustathius and his wife and sons (September 20). When St. Philotheus and his brother......

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