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The Twenty-Fifth Day of Christmas Advent. Watching Your Flock Isn’t Always Glamorous »

December 9th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

And in that region there were shepherds out in the field keeping watch over their flocks by night. -Luke2:8 Being a shepherd was certainly not a glamorous job. It involved herding a large number of sheep to go into a specific direction. Of course, the sheep don’t have the power of persuasion and reason that human beings have, so this was a tough task. Oftentimes the ratio of sheep could […]

The Twenty-Fourth Day of Christmas Advent. Bethlehem Was Too Busy to Notice »

December 8th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

And in that region there were shepherds out in the field keeping watch over their flocks by night. -Luke2:8 We’ve all experienced the stress of the mall at Christmas. Fighting over parking places, waiting in traffic, and long lines in the stores, and now added to that everyone looking at their phone, WHILE fighting for parking, sitting in traffic and waiting in line. I remember once thinking, with all of this […]

The Twenty-Third Day of Christmas Advent. The Message Is for Everyone »

December 7th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

And in that region there were shepherds out in the field keeping watch over their flocks by night. -Luke2:8 I’m sure during the period of the census in Bethlehem, there were people from all walks of life, all economic classes. There were well-to-do people who got the most expensive rooms in the most expensive inns, who rode the best donkeys and camels. With so many people descending on Bethlehem for […]

The Twenty-Second Day of Christmas Advent. The Life of St. Nicholas »

December 6th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

More than 1,600 years ago, in the year 270 AD, St. Nicholas was born not far from Myra, in what is now modern day Turkey. At that time, Orthodox Christians were persecuted for their faith. Many of them were tortured and executed because of their belief in Jesus Christ. Nicholas was taught by his parents to love the Lord with his whole mind, heart, soul, and with all his strength. […]

The Twenty-First Day of Christmas Advent. St. Savas the Sanctified, A Father of Desert Monasticism »

December 5th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

Saint Savas the Sanctified (439–532), a Cappadocian-Greek monk, priest and saint, lived mainly in Palaestina Prima. He was the founder of several monasteries, most notably the one known as Mar Saba. The Saint’s name is derived from the Hebrew meaning “old man”.  St. Savas was born at Mutalaska, near Caesarea of Cappadocia, the son of John, a military commander, and Sophia. Journeying to Alexandria on military matters, his parents left […]

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