March 12, 2017

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March 5, 2017

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From a Distance??

From a Distance? No offense, Bette Midler. Really Ask anyone who knows me well and they’ll tell you that somewhere close to the top of the list of the songs I really dislike the most is her 1990 hit song, “From a Distance.” I really have no problem with 95% of the lyrics of the […]

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Orthodoxy Sunday

The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent. The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on […]

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Antiochian Women’s Month

The month of March, designated as Antiochian Women Month by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, is a time when the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America encourage their sisters in Christ to participate in the Liturgy and minister in their parishes and their communities. With this focus in mind, the women of our parish are encouraged […]

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The Lenten Spring (Training)

“The Lenten spring has come – the light of repentance.” This is a line from just one of the many hymns that describe this Lenten season using the analogy of the change of seasons happening around us as we emerge from winter. There is something refreshing about spring (even if our winter doesn’t seem to […]

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February 26, 2017

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You Just Never Know

You just never know. And it’s not the point that we know. This past Sunday, we heard the Gospel reading of the Last Judgement as written in Matthew 25. One of the remarkable aspects of this reading is the fact that neither the people that helped the needy, nor the ones who did not, realized […]

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February 19, 2017

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February 12, 2017

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Touching One Life at a Time

While out last night for a Valentine’s Day date, Vicky and I caught the Academy Award nominated film, Lion. All I knew before we walked into the theater was that it was nominated for Best Picture this year…and that it was convenient to see after the time of our dinner reservation. What an incredible film! […]

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Work and Rest

So here’s a phrase I never thought I would be writing in a mid-week message to my church community: Way to go, Lady Gaga! In the lead up to this last Sunday’s Super Bowl, many had assumed that the outspoken performer would use the opportunity of having the largest television audience on the planet to […]

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