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St. Mary of Egypt - 04/12/19

“You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized;” Christ admonishes His disciples. When in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prays, “let this cup pass from me…” Let me avoid this suffering. His human will is fearful of the pain which He will endure and this is the cup that the disciples will share. All but one of the disciples, all but the beloved Saint John, met their end in the death of martyrdom.

Преподобна Марія Єгипетська - 04/12/19

Сьогодні ми згадуємо преподобну Марію, через те що вона через молитву і пожертву до Бога вимолила для себе Царство Небесне. Ці бажання і віра оправдали її надії. Хто така праведна Марія Єгипетська, це звичайна жінка того часу, маємо на увазі часи четвертого – п’ятого століття нової ери. Зайшовши одного разу в Храм Божий, вона відчула, що може в своїм житті щось змінити на краще, із Божою поміччю отримати Царство Небесне. Вона відчула, що на даний час вона є загублена і немає ніякої цінності, ні тілесної, ні духовної, ні віри Ісуса Христа. І тоді вона вирішила змінити своє життя і посвятити його для спасіння своєї душі.

Homily on the Sunday of St. John of the Ladder - 03/28/19

Saint John of the Ladder: challenges us to take the Gospel seriously. As such, it continues last week’s message: Deny Yourself, pick up your cross, and follow Christ. Why? Because the world has fallen, and we have fallen with it; and it takes energy to restore things to their proper state. It takes a lot of effort to fix something that has been broken. When we refuse that challenge, we are really saying that we prefer things the way they are; that we are comfortable with the mess we have made of this world and of the mess we have made of our lives. More importantly, we are saying that it is not worth the bother to help others recover from all their pain and suffering. That we prefer sitting in our own warm filth too much to get up and lend a hand to people in desperate need of help. Because that is what it means to follow Christ: it means to put the needs of others before our own. What else is love than the denial of the self in service to another? This is the love God has for all His children, and it is the same love He expects us to have for one another. And He expects this of us 24/7.

Weekly reflections by Rev. Fr. Anthony Perkins, pastor of St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Woonsocket, RI. Click here>
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