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Twelfth Day of Christmas Advent, “O Give Thanks unto the Lord!” »

November 26th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Steven Kostoff “O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever!”  (Psalm 136:1) In an article titled “A Moveable Fast,” the scholar Elyssa East summarized the history of our American Thanksgiving, and the intentions and practices of the early New England colonists toward this national feast.  Initially, she writes, Thanksgiving was built around the Christian rhythm of fasting and feasting.  Bearing that in […]

Eleventh Day of Christmas Advent, Great Martyr Catherine of Alexandria »

November 25th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Holy Great Martyr Catherine was the daughter of Constus, the governor of Alexandrian Egypt during the reign of the emperor Maximian (305-313). Living in the capital, the center of Hellenistic knowledge, and possessed of a rare beauty and intellect, Catherine received an excellent education, studying the works of the greatest philosophers and teachers of antiquity. Young men from the most worthy families of the empire sought the hand of […]

Tenth Day of Christmas Advent, Journey to Bethlehem, Part II »

November 24th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father John Parker What shall we offer Thee, O Christ, Who for our sakes hast appeared on earth as man? Every creature made by Thee offers Thee thank. The angels offer a hymn; the heavens a star; the wisemen gifts; the shepherds, their wonder; the earth, its cave; the wilderness, a manger.  And we offer Thee a virgin mother.  O pre-eternal God, have mercy on us! In my last […]

Ninth Day of Christmas Advent, Meditation: Why Did He Come? (Part II) »

November 23rd, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

Meditation: Why Did He Come? St. Gregory of Nazianzus wrote: Darkness is loosened, light is created. The Pillar of Fire is given to Israel. Those dark in ignorance see the great light: knowledge and wisdom. Old things are finished; all is become new, the letter retreats; the Spirit prevails; shadows disappear; the truth now enters; nature’s law is overturned for heaven needs filling… What was invisible, now is distinguishable. What […]

Sixth Day of Christmas Advent, Christmas is Already Easter »

November 20th, 2015    Posted in Daily Meditations

In Jesus, God achieved the perfect synthesis of the divine and the human. The incarnation of Jesus demonstrates that God meets us where we are as humans. God freely and fully overcomes the gap from God’s side. The problem of redemption is already resolved once and for all, long before its dramatic illustration on the cross. Bethlehem already revealed that it was good to be a human being. For the […]

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