St. Gregory Palamas: Homily on the Holy Nativity

On the Saving Nativity According to the Flesh of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ

This is the Festival of the virgin birth! Our address must be exalted therefore in accordance with the greatness of the feast, and enter into the mystery, as far as this is accessible and permissible, and time allows, that something of its inner power might be revealed even to us. Please strive, brethren, to lift up your minds as well, that they may better perceive the light of divine knowledge, as though brightly illuminated by a holy star. Read more

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St. John of Kronstadt – December 20

Saint John was born in the province of Archangel, Russia, on October 18, 1829, into a very poor clerical family. Most of his ancestors for at least 350 years had been priests or chanters, or in some other capacity had served the Church. So John was blessed with a very pious upbringing. Read more

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The Birth of Christ in Time Diminished Nothing of the Glory and Power of His Deity

A Homily of St. John Cassian – 360-432 AD

For the fact that He came of the flesh and in the flesh, has reference to His birth, and involves no diminution in Him: and He was simply born, not changed for the worse. For though, still remaining in the form of God, read more...

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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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Advent Fasting Guidelines

As we approach this holy season of Advent, the discipline of fasting is very important to our preparation for Holy Nativity. This tradition has been practiced in the Church since apostolic times and passed down to us through the lives and teachings of the fathers of the Church. Please take this seriously and you will find significant strength to wage the spiritual battles that face you.

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