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Saint Sophia Blog: May

Pentecost: The Descent of the Holy Spirit »

May 31st, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Thomas Hopko In the Old Testament, Pentecost was the feast which occurred fifty days after Passover. As the Passover feast celebrated the exodus of the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt, so Pentecost celebrated God’s gift of the ten commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai. In the new covenant of the Messiah, the Passover event takes on its new meaning as the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, […]

The Fall of Constantinople, May 29, 1453 »

May 29th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

THE CAPTIVE CHURCH, by Aristeides Papadakis, Ph.D. In general, the fall of Constantinople in 1453 was a great misfortune for Christianity. For Eastern Christendom it was nothing less than an unqualified disaster. As a result of the Ottoman conquest, the entire Orthodox communion of the Balkans and the Near East was suddenly isolated from the West. For the next four hundred years it would instead be confined within a hostile Islamic world, with which it had little in common religiously or culturally. Orthodox Russia alone escaped this fate. It […]

The Seventh Thursday after Pascha: ON PRAYER (Part I) »

May 28th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

IT follows from this that prayer is your first and incomparably most important means of fighting. Learn to pray, and you vanquish all the evil powers that could imaginably assail you. Prayer is one wing, faith the other, that lifts us heavenward. With only one wing no one can fly: prayer without faith as meaningless as faith without prayer. But if your faith is very weak, you can profitably cry: […]

The Seventh Wednesday after Pascha: Eating with Mindfulness »

May 27th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Fr. Brendan Pelphrey Recently while waiting for my wife at a doctor’s office, I flipped through a “wellness” magazine. In it was an article entitled, “Are You Aware of What You Eat?” True to the title, the article suggested knowing what we are eating. We should also know where our food comes from, we should chew slowly, and we should notice how satisfied our stomach feels. This is called […]

The Seventh Tuesday after Pascha: Human Beings and the Cosmos (Part I): The Mystery of Created Being »

May 26th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

For the Christian the world is not an orphan; nor is it simply an emanation of the absolute. Springing fresh from the hands of the living God, there it stands, desired by God, rejoicing and delighting in him with the joy described in the psalms and in the book of Job, when the morning stars sang together – a ‘musical commandment’, a ‘marvelously composed hymn’, as St Gregory of Nyssa […]