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Daily Meditations: December

The Fifth Day of Christmas. 14,000 Innocent Children: Christmas Has a Cost »

December 29th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Andrew Estocin Christmas can be too comfortable sometimes.  As the Nativity Season unfolds, churches are celebrating the birth of Christ.   Gifts are being shared, kitchens are busy preparing traditional foods, and retreat speakers have returned home from their visits to parishes. While all these events may be well intentioned, they frequently point us in the direction of nostalgia rather than a living faith.  Nostalgia can often be unhealthy.   The […]

The Fourth Day of Christmas. Between Christmas and…. »

December 28th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Stephen Freeman The Feast of Christmas has, for many, come and gone. The eagerness of children for the day of their presents has now passed and, with it, some of their anxieties. Far from marking Christmas as “Twelve Days” (as the old English Christmas carol notes) many parts of the culture hurry forward, eager to put Christmas in the past. In my childhood, it was generally held within the […]

The Third Day of Christmas. Saint Stephen: The Death of a Revolutionary »

December 27th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Lawrence Farley Saint Stephen is usually hailed as the first Christian martyr, but he is more than that. His death was also a boundary, and the blood which flowed from his body as the stones hit him became a river, one which separated the faith of the Christians from the religion of Judaism. For unlike the martyrs who followed him, Stephen was not killed by the pagan Romans, […]

The Second Day of Christmas. Mary, Did You Know? The Winter Pascha »

December 26th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Presvytera Vassi Haros There are hundreds of Christmas songs and hymns.   They come in all different shapes and sizes and they range from fun to reverence.  You may have heard of a song titled, “Mary, Did You Know?” It’s about the amazing things Jesus did and questions if Mary knew after giving birth that her son would:  walk on water, bring the dead to life, give blind men sight, heal […]

MERRY CHRISTMAS! St. John Chrysostom’s Christmas Homily »

December 25th, 2017    Posted in Daily Meditations

Proffered by Father Stephen Freeman BEHOLD a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and man in heaven. He Who is […]