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St John of Kronstadt

Today, June 1st on the Old Calendar, is the commemoration of St John of Kronstadt. A number of things stand out for me about St John. I remember visiting the St John of Rila convent in St Petersburg which he founded and venerating his tomb in the basement there. In the article by Bishop KALLISTOS […]

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Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens

No Vacations During Wartime Back in the day when my father-in-law lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan the family used to visit him over a weekend. Whenever possible on Sunday morning I would visit the ROCOR church nearby in Dexter, St Vladmir’s. One Saturday evening after Vespers there I made a confession with the priest, Fr […]

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Pentecostarion

Pentecost : Hymn to the Theotokos

2nd Kanon, Irmos – Ode 9 Regular OCA Translation : Rejoice, O Queen, glory of mothers and virgins.No tongue, however sweet or fluent is eloquent enough to praise you worthily.Every mind is overawed by your childbearing.Therefore with one voice we glorify you Archimandrite Ephrem (from Greek) : Hail Queen, glorious virgin mother;For every fluent, every […]

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4th week Pascha : Wednesday Matins

IKOS You watered my parched and barren soul with the rich crimson streams of Your precious blood.You made me bear fruits of righteousness;You bade all to come to You, all-holy Word of God: Draw the water of immortality! It is living water; it cleanses sins away!Cleanse us who offer praise to Your glorious Resurrection, Good […]

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4th Week after Pascha : of the Paralytic

You cured the woman of her painful haemorrhage. The woman with the flow of blood sneaks into the crowd . She thinks, “I only need to touch the hem of his cloak to be healed”. She is right. Christ’s power transcends material nature — this is why the relics of saints are so grace filled. […]

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Spiritual Wellness Checkup

I have just returned from my yearly ‘wellness checkup’ at my local GP (ie doctor). I didn’t actually talk to a doctor neither did I undergo a physical exam, instead, the checkup consisted of a nurse administering a questionnaire which comprised questions about general life habits – eating well, sleeping, medications etc – and also […]