Daily Meditations

Thirty-Fifth Day of Christmas Advent: THE FOREFEAST OF THE NATIVITY »

December 19th, 2014

Become Like Children “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” (Mark 10:15) EVERY YEAR AS CHRISTMAS APPROACHES, we hear a great deal of speculation about the meaning of Christmas in a society that is persistently trying to shake off it Christian identity. During such a debate about the meaning of Christmas, one comment in particular struck me: “Christmas is […]

The Thirty-Fourth Day of Christmas Advent: THE TWO SUNDAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Part II) »

December 18th, 2014

The Old Testament Church’s anticipation of the Lord’s First Coming serves as an exhortation to the New Testament Church not to forget its anticipation of His Second Coming: Christ has commanded those with understanding to be vigilant and to hope for His coming, for He has come to be born from a Virgin. At your second coming, O Christ, make me, who honor Your coming in the flesh, one of […]

The Thirty-Third Day of Christmas Advent: The Angel of the Lord and the Mountain of God (Part IV) »

December 17th, 2014

Receive, O manger; Him whom Moses the Law-giver foresaw in the bush on Horeb, now born of the Virgin through the divine Spirit. (Vespers of the Forefeast, December 20, Theotokion of the Lity) It is this astonishing paradox that the Orthodox Church repeatedly con1pels us to contemplate, a paradox that was beautifully expressed by St. John Chrysostom: What shall I say! And how shall I describe this Birth to you? […]

The Thirty-Second Day of Christmas Advent: The Angel of the Lord and the Mountain of God (Part III) »

December 16th, 2014

BUT IF IT IS INDEED THE CASE that God Himself was seen by so many, why is Moses singled out as the one who spoke to God face to face? The answer lies in Exodus 33, when Moses asks to see God in all His glory: “I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, reveal Yourself to me, that I may see You clearly and find grace in […]

The Thirty-First Day of Christmas Advent: Saint Eleutherios the Hieromartyr »

December 15th, 2014

Eleutherios was born in Rome in the second century AD. He was among the first and youngest to carve a niche for himself in Christianity in the eternal city of Rome, where he astounded his elders with his prodigious intellect and early development. Had his father, a high public official of pagan Rome, lived to guide his immensely talented son, things might have taken a different turn for the boy […]

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