Top Posts of the Last Week

Here is a list of the Top Posts of the Last Week here at Shepherd of Souls Traditions of Blessings Determination Come and See Image of Christ Thanksgiving Prayer Lost Sheep Massachusetts Religious Leaders Joint Statement Orthodoxy and Contraception Do Symbols Matter The Holy Apostle Matthew … [Read More...]

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The Theotokos Enters the Temple

Today is the preview of the good will of God, Of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. The Virgin appears in the temple of God, In anticipation proclaiming Christ to all. Let us rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice, O Divine Fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation. (Troparion of the Feast) On the 21st of November the Church celebrates the great feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple.  Tradition tells us that Mary was presented in the Temple, by her parents Joachim and Anna, … [Read More...]

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Traditions of Blessing

Orthodoxy is filled with traditions and with blessing but some of these has fallen out of use.  I am one of those priests that is attempting to bring back many of these traditions.  Recently I had the opportunity to bless an apiary and a new barn for parishioners that was a first for me but these are very traditional blessings that harken back to a time when we relied on the fruits of the earth cared for with our own hands.  Since many people are going back to back yard farming these prayers are … [Read More...]

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Massachusetts Religious Leaders Joint Statement on Brutal Attacks at a Jerusalem Synagogue

"The senseless killing of people in any place must always be denounced, but that these brutal attacks in the synagogue in Jerusalem should have occurred against innocent, unarmed worshipers deserves only the strongest possible condemnation. Our prayers go out to those who were wounded and are fighting for their lives and to all those devastated by this attack, especially the families of those who were murdered today. In a particular way, we are conscious of the death of one of our neighbors from … [Read More...]

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The Lost Sheep

The Gospel of Luke 15:1-10 At that time, the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them." So he told them this parable: "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes … [Read More...]

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Determination

I recently had the opportunity to catch part of the new Ken Burns documentary about the Roosevelts and I have to say that I was impressed and I need to watch the entire film very soon.  If you have not seen the film, it is an autobiographical film about Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor as they become more prominent in American history. I was truly amazed by all that they were able to accomplish.  But what amazed me the most was the sheer determination that Franklin Roosevelt had to not let the … [Read More...]

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The Image of Christ

It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how often a read a passage of Scripture there is always something new to learn from it.  Sometimes I take Scripture for granted and think I have gleaned everything from it and then, wham, something hits me right in the face and that was true with the parable of the Good Samaritan that was read on the first Sunday of the Nativity Fast. (Luke 10:25-37) We know the story, a man gets robbed and beaten and is left on the side of the road.  A priest and a … [Read More...]

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The Holy Apostle Matthew

On the 16th of November the Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew.  Matthew was the son of Alphaeus and was originally called Levi.  He was a tax collector by profession and therefore not well liked by his countrymen.  Matthew is an example of the power of transformation that Christ brings when we decide that we are to follow Him. Like some of the other Apostles, Matthew was called by Jesus with the simple invitation to “follow Me.”  I have mentioned … [Read More...]