Archbishop Nicolae’s Nativity Message

PASTORAL LETTER ON THE FEAST OF THE LORD’S NATIVITY 2014 † NICOLAE by the mercies of God Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas   To our beloved Clergy and faithful Orthodox Christians, peace and joy from Christ the Lord, and from us a hierarchical blessing.  Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen … [Read More...]

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Ancestors

I have been neglecting the blogging exercise that I agreed to participate in during this season of preparation for the feast of the Nativity.  I feel like the folks in the Gospel passage from St. Luke this past Sunday.  They all had an excuse to not come to the feast, sure I have excuses but none of them are valid!  I just need to do it! So the topic for today, actually it was for yesterday, is ancestors.  We have been challenged by Fr. John to write a story about our family, well I am going to … [Read More...]

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Top Posts of the Last Week

Here is a list of the Top Posts of the Last Week. First Children's Sermon Determination Self-Pity Orthodoxy and Contraception Christmas Lent Do Symbols Matter? December 6th St. Nicholas Ancestral Sin vs. Original Sin Eastern Rite Anglicans Sermon ~ Do Not Weep … [Read More...]

Self-Pity

Self-Pity I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself. D. H. Lawrence … [Read More...]

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My First Children’s Sermon

You may think this odd that I have been a priest for 10 years and never preached a Children’s sermon before this, but it is true.  My parish really never had children, well in the time I have been here anyway, until now and we are very thankful for that. So this past Sunday, December 7th, I preached the first, of what I hope to be a monthly tradition, my first Children’s Sermon.  I focused on the story of St. Nicholas helping the three maids with their dowry and in the end gave them all coins.  … [Read More...]

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#Giving Tuesday: Help Us Continue The Mission

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, you can help my parish launch a new tradition by joining a movement that celebrates human generosity called #GivingTuesday. We're excited to participate in #GivingTuesday.  Following up on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a chance for us to give back to those who give so much. If you have been following these pages for any length of time you know that my parish, St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church, in Southbridge provides a free meal to the … [Read More...]

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Giving Thanks

I truly love this time of year - it is in fact "the most wonderful time of the year."  Wait, wait it is not time for Christmas songs just yet!  Anyway, I do love this time of giving thanks for all the blessings in our lives and yes, we all have blessings to be thankful for. In the 12th chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke there is a story of a rich man whose land "brought forth plentifully" and he ran out of space to store all that he had.  So he thought about it and decided he needed to build a … [Read More...]

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Text of Joint Declaration Signed by Pope and Ecumenical Patriarch

Vatican City, November 30, 2014 (Zenit.org) | Here below is the Vatican-provided text of the joint declaration signed by Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew this morning in Istanbul: *** COMMON DECLARATION We, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, express our profound gratitude to God for the gift of this new encounter enabling us, in the presence of the members of the Holy Synod, the clergy and the faithful of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to celebrate together … [Read More...]