Monthly Archives: March 2007

Lazarus, Nature & True Repentance

One should not imagine that repentance consists of rooting around in one’s personal sins, engaging in self-flagellation, and striving to expose in oneself as much evil and darkness as possible. To truly repent is to turn from the darkness to … Continue reading

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Funny Bunny in Bulgaria?

My Dad told me those little white spots sometimes found under finger nails represented the number of girlfriends you had, and my Mom said those occasional little tongue bumps came from telling lies … But, a story by Petya Sabinova … Continue reading

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Orthodox Holy Week

A Liturgical Explanation Saturday of Lazarus – “Having fulfilled Forty Days… we ask to see the Holy Week of Thy Passion.” With these words sung at Vespers of Friday, Lent comes to its end and we enter into the annual … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW: Bishop Hilarion, Composer

An Interview With A Russian Orthodox Composer: Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev on Music as Prayer ROME, MARCH 5, 2007 – Music in church should be an avenue to deeper prayer, not a distraction, says a Russian Orthodox bishop and composer. His … Continue reading

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THE PASSION: Symphony & Choral

The Passion According to Matthew, a symphonic and choral meditation on the Passion of Christ composed by BISHOP HILARION (Alfeyev) of Vienna and Austria will be performed at and broadcast live worldwide from the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome [today], THURSDAY … Continue reading

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DEPRESSION: A Golden-Mouthed Prescription

Here is one of St. John Chrysostom’s prescriptions for overcoming anxiety and depression. “Our very meeting together daily as we do, and having the benefit of hearing the divine scriptures; and beholding each other; and weeping with each other; and … Continue reading

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DYNAMIS: The Fasting Quiz

Which do I use, my standards or God’s? What in me is resisting God’s teaching, His guidance, or His correction? What do I believe pleases God in my fasting: limiting food, added prayers, or using these means to grow in … Continue reading

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