The Prayer of St Ephraim the Syrian

posted in: Readings | 0   The Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian O Lord and Master of my life, a spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, and idle talking give me not. Prostration.   But rather a spirit of chastity, humble-mindedness, patience, and love … Read More

The History of Lent

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From the Good Shepherd Australian Orthodox Mission Lent, as it exists today in the Orthodox Church, is the result of a long historical development. We can basically divide Eastern Orthodox Lent into 3 periods: (1)The Pre-Lenten Period: three preparatory Sundays … Read More

Orthodox Holy Supper

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Compiled by Maryann Mawhinney Presented here are three summaries of the history and tradition of Orthodox Holy Supper. This information was compiled from several sources and it serves to illustrate the variation in traditions and foods which reflects the different … Read More

Orthodox Christian Fasting

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St. John Chrysostom – “The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church,” Volume 9. I speak not, indeed, of such a fast as most persons keep, but of real fasting; not merely an abstinence from meats; but from sins … Read More

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

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Father Thomas Hopko The joyousness which accompanies the performance of the Divine Liturgies of St. Basil the Great and St. John Chrysostom was regarded by the early Church as not suitable for the penitential season of the Great Fast. For … Read More

Prayer, Fasting, and Mercy

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St. Peter of Ravenna, Surnamed Chrysologus There are three things, my brethren, by which faith stands firm, devotion remains constant, and virtue endures. They are prayer, fasting and mercy. Prayer knocks at the door, fasting obtains, mercy receives. Prayer, mercy … Read More

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