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Introduction to Advent

The calculation of Advent in the Orthodox Church differs from that in Western Churches. Whereas the season of Advent in the West begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, or the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Andrew, the Apostle (Nov. 30), the “Christmas Fast,” or “Little Lent”, as it is called in the Orthodox Church, traditionally begins 40 days before Christmas on November 15.

Our preparation during the season of Advent is, of course, focused on the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh, the Incarnation. Read more

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St. Ignatius Orthodox Church Statement on Racism

Christ is in our Midst!

The following was sent to families in the City of Fitchburg who were victims of Racist Letters being sent to their homes:

The Parish of St. Ignatius Orthodox Christian Church is saddened to learn of the letters of hate against you and your families. Please consider these words from Metropolitan EPHREM of Tripolis, Al-Koura and Dependencies on this matter.

“We as weak and sinful humans, see some people struggle with racism as we ourselves struggle with different sins. As those who believe in Christ we reject racism and fight it with the word of the Gospel: “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

Christ God came, suffered, was crucified and rose from the dead: all this for the salvation of the world, for the sake of every person. Read more

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The Tale of a Lazy Parent

Nichola T. Krause

My husband and I made what I consider in hindsight to be a major mistake in introducing our daughter Katie, now five, to the life of the Church. When she was a toddler, we brought children’s picture prayer books, Bible story books, and religious coloring books with us to services, and encouraged her to sit quietly looking at the pictures or coloring. Read more

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Orthodox and Western Theology

His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and St Vlassios

When I am invited to speak to members of the Clergy who exercise the pastoral ministry I usually stress that theology is pastoral and the pastoral ministry is theology. When someone wants to shepherd a particular flock, and when he is shepherding human beings, he must necessarily speak theologically.

Theology, according to Fr. John Romanides, is distinguishing what is created from what is uncreated. Read more

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Orthodox Psychotherapy and Western Psychology

His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and St Vlassios

In my previous paper I referred to the difference between Orthodox and Western theology. In this paper we should go on to look at this difference in a practical form, at the subject of how each of these traditions cures people.

Fr. John Romanides stressed emphatically that we can understand whether a theology is true by whether it is able to cure people. Read more

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