Tag: Lent

Stepping Up to Jesus in Paradise
Christian Practice

Stepping Up to Jesus in Paradise For the Sunday of St. John Climacus

As ever-blooming fruits, you offer the teachings of your God-given book,O wise John, most blessed, while sweetening the hearts of all them that heed it with vigilance;for it is a ladder from the earth unto Heaven that confers glory on the souls that ascend itand honor you faithfully.  (Kontakion—Tone 1) Have you ever found yourself…

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The True Meaning of Fasting in the Orthodox Church
Christian Practice

The True Meaning of Fasting in the Orthodox Church

When we think of fasting in the Orthodox Church today, our mind almost immediately goes to certain rules relating to what we can and cannot eat. Moreover, this practice is especially associated with Great and Holy Lent. And so, when it comes to this “forty-day” fast, there are some who will almost exclusively focus all…

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Fasting, the Food Industry, and Eucharistic Consumption
Environmental Ethics

Fasting, the Food Industry, and Eucharistic Consumption A Lenten Reflection

As Orthodox Christians prepare for Easter by partaking in fasting this Lenten season, we ought to pause to reflect on the ways in which this practice, in addition to being a source of spiritual renewal, can serve as a source of social transformation and ecological restoration. In order to ameliorate the ecological crises we currently…

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Seeing Jesus, Always Seeing Jesus
Christian Practice

Seeing Jesus, Always Seeing Jesus

When You, O God, shall come to earth with glory, / all things shall tremble / and the river of fire shall flow before Your judgment seat; / the books shall be opened and the hidden things disclosed! / Then deliver me from the unquenchable fire, / and make me worthy to stand at Your…

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From Altar Calls to Theosis
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Theology

From Altar Calls to Theosis What Orthodoxy Showed Me about a Life of Transformation

  I did not grow up in a church that observed Lent, but I did grow up around altar calls. For me and my community, these deeply emotional and cathartic encounters at church were often the catalysts for the spiritual transformations I longed for in my youth. And while I’m not entirely against altar calls…

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The Asbury Revival and Lent: An Orthodox Appreciation
Church Life and Pastoral Care, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

The Asbury Revival and Lent: An Orthodox Appreciation

  On February 8, the students who gathered for a regular worship service at a chapel of Asbury University, a small Christian college in Wilmore, Kentucky, found themselves unable to leave at the service’s end. They continued to pray with their hands extended, making public confessions of repentance and praise, for hours. The nonstop service…

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Giving Up the Good Parts for Lent: Considering Mary of Egypt
Christian Practice

Giving Up the Good Parts for Lent: Considering Mary of Egypt

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O mother,For you took up the Cross and followed Christ.By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away;But to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.Therefore your spirit, O holy Mother Mary, rejoices with the Angels.                                                                          Troparion, Tone…

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Depth Psychology and the Courage of St. Mary of Egypt
Christian Practice, Theology

Depth Psychology and the Courage of St. Mary of Egypt

Every year during Lent we celebrate the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt.  St. Mary was only 12 years old she left her home and traveled to Alexandria where she threw herself into wanton and “insatiable” sexual behavior for many years, “ensnaring many souls,” sinking deeper and deeper into depravity, until one day—upon attempting to…

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Lent and the Shaping of Desire
Christian Practice, Theology, Uncategorized

Lent and the Shaping of Desire

српски Christianity is a religion of desire. At first glance, this statement may seem counterintuitive and contradictory. After all, Christians are told to deny themselves, to take up their cross and follow Christ (Mt 16:24). Several prayers, especially in the Divine Liturgy, also seem to downplay desire. In the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom,…

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Lent as Liberation
Theology

Lent as Liberation

How would you describe Orthodox Christianity in one word?” This question was posed to a panel of scholars at a Theology conference several years ago. A few of the panelists gave their answers—offering responses like “Liturgy,” “Authentic,” “Theosis,” and “Traditional.” Then the final panelist, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, gave his reply: “Freedom,” he said, “Orthodoxy is…

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