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Members of one another (Part VI) »

February 7th, 2019

In the monk’s relationship with the world, St Silouan distinguishes a double movement. First, through prayer the monk withdraws into himself, shutting out the world, gradually liberating himself from visual imagery and discursive thinking, and so entering into the image-free stillness of the heart. But then, within the depths of his own heart, he rediscovers his solidarity with all humankind and with the whole creation. So the monk’s flight from […]

Renewal (Bright) Monday. Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! »

April 9th, 2018

The Father accepts the Son’s sacrifice “by economy”: “man had to be sanctified by God’s humanity” (St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Oration 45, On the Holy Pascha). Kenosis culminates and ends with Christ’s death, to sanctify the entire human condition, including death. Cur Deus homo? Not only because of our sins but for our sanctification, to introduce the moments of our fallen life into that true life, which never knows death. […]

Thirty-First Day of Christmas Advent, COME EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US! (Part I) »

December 15th, 2015

In more ways than one, we are waiting in darkness. Isaiah prophesied Jesus’ birth, saying, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light” (Isaiah 9:2). Yet, the darkness will never totally go away. I’ve worked long enough in ministry to know that moral evil isn’t going to disappear, but the Gospel offers something much more subtle and helpful: “the light shines on the inside of the darkness, and […]

THE FALLING ASLEEP IN THE LORD OF FATHER JOHN TAVLARIDES »

September 22nd, 2015

THE FALLING ASLEEP IN THE LORD OF FATHER JOHN TAVLARIDES Dearest Parishioner and Friend, With a heavy heart I inform you that Saint Sophia Cathedral’s spiritual father, Father John Tavlarides, whose priestly ministry to the people of God and the Great Church of Christ spanned six decades, passed from us Monday evening, September 21, at 11:07 PM. We commend his immortal soul to Christ God, Whom he so fervently loved, […]

Cathedral Connection April-May 2015 »

April 10th, 2015

Cathedral Connection Consecration Edition