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Saint Sophia Blog: October

Meditation and Worship (Part I) »

October 30th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

MEDITATION AND PRAYER are often confused, but there is no danger in this confusion if meditation develops into prayer; only when prayer degenerates into meditation. Meditation primarily means thinking, even when God is the object of our thoughts. If as a result we gradually go deeper into a sense of worship and adoration, if the presence of God grows so powerful that we become aware of being with God, and […]

WATCHFULNESS IN DIVINE WORSHIP (Part I) »

October 29th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

Looking carefully at the liturgical wealth of our Orthodox Church, we note endless points in which watchfulness is mentioned or commented on: in the daily sacred services (Midnight Office, Orthros, Hours, Vespers, Compline), in the prayers of the Divine Liturgy, in the Great Canon, in the hymnology of the Octoechos, the Triodion and the Menaia. The worship of our Orthodox Church is a profoundly contrite worship, a worship of returning […]

The Soul (Part II) »

October 28th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

Does the Soul Exist? Since some people do not realize it quite clearly enough, it is necessary to demonstrate briefly that every human being has a rational soul. Some deny this truth, convinced that human beings consist only of their bodies. A good argument is the following. Only the human being manages to think of objects outside its own body and to meditate upon things it does not see. Furthermore, […]

The Nous »

October 27th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

Man, this superior creation of God, the pinnacle of creation is composed of matter and spirit, body and soul. His surpassing from the material to the immaterial, from the perceptive to the non-perceptive world is achieved with the power of the soul, the nous.1 The foundation of the faith of our Orthodox Church is that man constitutes the image of the Triune God. The Triune God is Nous (Father), Word […]

Holy, Glorious Demetrios the Myrrh-gusher of Thessalonica »

October 26th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Great Martyr Demetrios the Myrrh-Gusher of Thessalonica was the son of a Roman proconsul in Thessalonica. Three centuries had elapsed and Roman paganism, spiritually shattered and defeated by the multitude of martyrs and confessors of the Savior, intensified its persecutions. The parents of St Demetrius were secretly Christians, and he was baptized and raised in the Christian Faith in a secret church in his father’s home, By the time […]