Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Nets of St. Andrew

Today (Nov. 30) is the feast day for St. Andrew the apostle. He and his brother Peter were the first disciples called by Christ. When Jesus called Andrew, he immediately left his nets: And Jesus, walking by the Sea of … Continue reading

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Interest is Theft

In yesterday’s article, we looked at Psalm 15, and the testimonies of St. Ambrose, St. Leo the Great, and St. Basil the Great, all agreeing that godly people do not charge interest on loans. But suppose a person ignores this teaching, … Continue reading

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They Do Not Charge Interest

For 2000 years, Holy Scripture and the Church Fathers have spoken with one voice: It is a sin to charge interest on a loan. Charging interest is evidence of greed, and is a sign of avarice. The Psalmist, among many … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks to God as a Nation

Think Thanksgiving is strictly a “Christian” holiday?  Think again. Thanksgiving is also celebrated by Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists, and Wiccans. There are those who hail it as a holiday when all faiths can “come together”, as we “give thanks … Continue reading

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Eucharist as the Great Thanksgiving

Psalm 95 contains two distinct sections . . . The first section involves praise and thanksgiving: 1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before … Continue reading

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Vestments

Robes are . . . For Glory and Beauty: And you shall make holy garments (LXX – στολήν) for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. . . . that he may minister to Me as priest. (Exodus 28:2-3) … Continue reading

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Fr. Pomazansky on the Particular Judgment

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Turkey on Thanksgiving?

In 1863, President Lincoln issued the “Proclamation of Thanksgiving”, in which he suggested that Americans “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the … Continue reading

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The Soul’s Journey After Death

Early Church Fathers describe the soul’s journey after death . . . St. John Chrysostom: Then [after death] we will need many prayers, many helpers, many good deeds, a greater intercession from angels on the journey through the spaces of … Continue reading

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The Sabbath

Should we observe the Sabbath (Saturday), or the Lord’s Day (Sunday)? In the very early Church, Christians knew the right answer: Further, He says to them, “Your new moons and your Sabbaths I cannot endure.” Ye perceive how He speaks: … Continue reading

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