Monthly Archives: February 2009

St Ephraim’s Prayer

With the advent of the Great Fast – Lent – here’s a serious look at a familiar prayer written by St Ephraim the Syrian in the 4th century. St Ephraim’s prayer is a regular part of the Orthodox Christian’s prayer … Continue reading

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HOUSTON: Clean Monday Retreat

Last year, the annual Clean Monday Retreat at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral was led by none other than Metropolitan KALLISTOS (Ware). This year, they got me. 🙂I hope to see you there!March 2, 2009, 10-2 pm DEFEATING SIN: Overcoming our … Continue reading

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HATFIELD in HOUSTON: Lenten Retreat

Fr Chad Hatfield, shown here setting foot on St Nilus Island (Alaska) back in 2006, will be our Retreat Master for this year’s annual Lenten Retreat at St George Orthodox Church.[Links to pics from my Alaska trip – here.] “Life … Continue reading

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I Did Not Sleep with that [Canaanite] Woman

It all started when Earl “Constantinos” Smith walked into my office and said, “Father, I got troubles, can we talk?” I said, “Sure, Earl, have a seat. What’s buggin’ ya?” He said, “Father, I’m havin’ trouble sleepin’ these says … … Continue reading

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Orthodox Houston Podcasts …

Fr James Early, of St Joseph Antiochian Orthodox Church, offers the latest update to Orthodox Houston’s growing list of podcasts. His talk was delivered in the parish of St Jonah of Manchuria during their annual Icon Exhibit. His is an … Continue reading

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Longing for Lent (this side of it, of course)

On the Obligation for All Christians to Keep Great Lent. On all days and seasons dearly-beloved, some marks of the Divine goodness are set, and no part of the year is destitute of sacred mysteries … but all that is … Continue reading

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Comin’ to See YAL

Blog updates have been nonexistent of late due to travels. God willing, I’ll be speaking this weekend (Friday & Saturday) at the 26th Annual Young Adult (YAL) Ministries Conference sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago. Hope to see … Continue reading

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