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THE PATH OF SALVATION – Introduction

Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen! Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus Wishing one and all a very blessed and happy Easter (Pascha). I have decided to read some writings of our Holy Fathers and coincidentally my hands came upon a book written by a father from the Russian Orthodox Church – St.

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Prepare O Bethlehem – King Herod and the Holy Innocents

Herod was filled with alarm When he saw the righteous wisemen. Overcome by fury, He determined when the child was born Mothers were robbed of their infants: Their tender lives were reaped as a bitter harvest. Milk stopped flowing and breasts dried up Great was the suffering! Therefore assemble in holy fear, O faithful, To

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Prepare O Bethlehem – The Inn, The Cave, The Purpose & The Message

Today heaven and earth are united for Christ is born Today God has come to earth and man ascends to heaven Today, God who by nature cannot be seen, Is seen in the flesh for our sake. Let us glorify Him, crying: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace! Thy coming has

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Prepare O Bethlehem – Magi From the East

The wise men, kings from Persia Perceived without any doubt That Thou was born on earth, O Heavenly King. Drawn by the light of a star, they hurried to Bethlehem. They offered Thee acceptable gifts: Gold, myrrh, and frankincense. They fell down before Thee and worshipped Thee, Seeing Thee, the timeless One, Lying in the

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Prepare O Bethlehem – Shepherds Keeping Watch

When the Lord Jesus was born of the holy virgin,  The whole universe was filled with light.  The shepherds watched in the fields.  The wise men worshiped and the angels sang.  But Herod was troubled,  For God appeared in the flesh.  He is the Savior of our souls!  – Stikhera on Lord I Call vesperal,

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Prepare O Bethlehem – We Are Family

When we are children, we are all interested in knowing our family heritage. Who are we, where are we from, who all are there in our extended family, where did our family come from, and many other questions. These are some basic questions about family origins which have been asked for millennia. People across the

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Prepare O Bethlehem – Joseph, A Dreamer and Just Man

When in bed Joseph thought painfully how to save the virgin from the danger of scandal. Then from heaven came Gabriel, the God sent angel in a dream. He informed that Mary is conceived by the Holy Ghost and the child is the son of God. Joseph when he rose from his sleep bowed with

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Prepare O Bethlehem – Mary

“Peace to Mary. The Lord is with you. Gabriel said that you are a jewel among the women. In you we can see God. You carried Him in your stomach, who carried the world.” (Translation of Hoothomo that is sung at the dismissal after the Holy Qurbana) Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus In

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Prepare O Bethlehem – Elizabeth and Zechariah (St. Luke 1:5-38; 57-80)

“When Zechariah offered incense in the temple of Lord An angel descended from heaven and conveyed a good news That his wife will bear you a son and he should call him John. He will be great among the Israel. He will give happiness to the whole world. Because you did not believe the news, you

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Prepare O Bethlehem – Introduction

Dear parents, brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus As we entered this week, we start celebrating the Christmas season. The Christmas season is a wonderful time of the year. It is a time of gift giving, family gatherings, parties, winter vacations and many more celebrations. Christmas season reminds me of freshly baked cakes, decorations of

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