The Shining Glory of the Little Local Parish

Fr. Lawrence Farley - December 2015- OCA Orthodoxy is known for its pomp—or rather, as our apologists and partisans like to say, for “its glorious worship.”  We like to share the old story of the members of the delegation from the then-pagan land of the Rus’ who attended an Orthodox Liturgy in Constantinople in the tenth century ...

Mary: The Example to All Christians

Theotokos and Christ Child

John G. Panagiotou - August 2015 Purchase book 'The Life of the Virgin' here: Mary of Nazareth has been given many titles over the last two millennia. She is called the Virgin Mary, Theotokos (Greek: “Birthgiver of God”), Panagia (Greek: “All Holy One”), the Blessed Mother and Our Lady to name a few. No other woman has achieved ...

The Great Feast of the Ascension: The Event Between Events

Ascension

21/5/15 “Thou hast ascended in glory bringing joy to Thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit, O Lord!  Glory to Thee!” I find it odd that the great and joyful feast of the Ascension is often not well attended by our faithful. Understandably they are yet not over the euphoria of Pascha. Even forty days ...