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Fri Feb 24, 2017

More Scriptures from the Lord's

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

“[Jesus] said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’“ (Mark 6:31).

“He will come to us like the…spring rains that water the earth” (Hosea 6:3).

“[Moses] regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward” (Hebrews 11:26).

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you” (Isaiah 66:13).

“Lord to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always” (1 Chronicles 16:11).

“Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever” (1 Chronicles 17:23-24).

“You are precious and honored in my sight, and…I love you” (Isaiah 43:4).

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life” (James 1:12).

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat” (Isaiah 55:1)!

“I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me” (Psalm 120:1).

“Your words were heart, and I have come in response to them” (Daniel 10:1).

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Scriptural Thoughts for the Day

“Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1).

“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).

“Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy” (John 16:22).

“Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely” (Psalm 139:4).

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers” (Hebrews 13:2).

“[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:7-8).

“[The Lord said], ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’” (Job 38:11).

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).

“You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people” (Ephesians 2:19).

“When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me” (Psalm 86:7).

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others” (1 Peter 4:10).

“The King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me’” (Matthew 25:40)!

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts” (Psalm 139:23).

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice” (2 Timothy 1:5).

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand…” (Isaiah 40:12)?

Posted by: Fr. Costa on Feb 24, 17 | 7:52 am | Profile

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Thu Feb 23, 2017

St. John Chrysostom warns against giving honor to Christ by adorning the Church building to the neglect of the poor and suffering members of Christ’s body, the Church in the truest sense.

Do you want to honor Christ’s body? Then do not scorn him in his nakedness, nor honor him here in the church with silken garments while neglecting him outside where he is cold and naked. For he who said: This is my body, and made it so by his words, also said: You saw me hungry and did not feed me, and inasmuch as you did not do it for one of these, the least of my brothers, you did not do it for me. [Mat 25:34ff]. What we do here in the church requires a pure heart, not special garments; what we do outside requires great dedication.

Let us learn, therefore, to be men of wisdom and to honor Christ as he desires. For a person being honored finds greatest pleasure in the honor he desires, not in the honor we think best. Peter thought he was honoring Christ when he refused to let him wash his feet; but what Peter wanted was not truly an honor, quite the opposite! Give him the honor prescribed in his law by giving your riches to the poor. For God does not want golden vessels but golden hearts.

Now, in saying this I am not forbidding you to make such gifts; I am only demanding that along with such gifts and before them you give alms. He accepts the former, but he is much more pleased with the latter. In the former, only the giver profits; in the latter, the recipient does too. A gift to the church may be taken as a form of ostentation, but an alms is pure kindness.

Of what use is it to weigh down Christ’s table with golden cups, when he himself is dying of hunger? First, fill him when he is hungry; then use the means you have left to adorn his table. Will you have a golden cup made but not give a cup of water? What is the use of providing the table with cloths woven of gold thread, and not providing Christ himself with the clothes he needs? What profit is there in that?

Tell me: If you were to see him lacking the necessary food but were to leave him in that state and merely surround his table with gold would he be grateful to you or rather would he not be angry? What if you were to see him clad in worn-out rags and stiff from the cold, and were to forget about clothing him and instead were to set up golden columns for him, saying that you were doing it in his honor? Would he not think he was being mocked and greatly insulted?

Apply this also to Christ when he comes along the roads as a pilgrim, looking for shelter. You do not take him in as your guest, but you decorate floor and walls and the capitals of the pillars. You provide silver chains for the lamps, but you cannot bear even to look at him as he lies chained in prison.

Once again, I am not forbidding you to supply these adornments; I am urging you to provide these other things as well, and indeed to provide them first. No one has ever been accused for not providing ornaments, but for those who neglect their neighbor a hell awaits with an inextinguishable fire and torment in the company of the demons. Do not, therefore, adorn the church and ignore your afflicted brother, for he is the most precious temple of all.

Posted by: Fr. Costa on Feb 23, 17 | 11:48 am | Profile

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Fri Feb 17, 2017

Daily Pearls to Live By During Great and Holy Lent 2017

1. St. John Chrysostom on Scripture

“The Holy Scriptures were not given to us that we should enclose them in books, but that we should engrave them upon our hearts.”

2. St. Nektarios of Aegina on Faith

“Christian religion is not a certain philosophic system, about which learned men, trained in metaphysical studies, argue and then either espouse or reject, according to the opinion each one has formed. It is faith, established in the souls of men, which ought to be spread to the many and be maintained in their consciousnesses.”

3. Elder Cleopa of Sihastria on the Cross

“Do not do anything without signing yourself with the sign of the Cross! When you depart on a journey, when you begin your work, when you go to study, when you are alone, and when you are with other people, seal yourself with the Holy Cross on your forehead, your body, your chest, your heart, your lips, your eyes, your ears. All of you should be sealed with the sign of Christ’s victory over hell. Then you will no longer be afraid of charms, evil spirits, or sorcery, because these are dissolved by the power of the Cross like wax before fire and like dust before the wind.”

4. St. John of Kronstadt on the Saints

“What does the daily invocation of the saints signify — of different ones each day, during the whole year, and during our whole life? It signifies that God’s saints — as our brethren, but perfect — live, and are near us, ever ready to help us, by the grace of God. We live together with them in the house of our Heavenly Father, only in different parts of it. We live in the earthly, they in the heavenly half; but we can converse with them, and they with us. God’s saints are near to the believing heart, and are ready in a moment to help those who call upon them with faith and love.”

5. St. Seraphim of Sarov on Christian Homes

“Neither do walls or rich furniture make a home. Millionaires in magnificent mansions may never know a home. But where there are good relationships, where love binds the family together and to God, there happiness is always to be found. For good relationships are heaven anywhere.”

Posted by: Fr. Costa on Feb 17, 17 | 11:19 am | Profile

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Daily Pearls to Live By During Great and Holy Lent 2017

1. St. John Chrysostom on Scripture

“The Holy Scriptures were not given to us that we should enclose them in books, but that we should engrave them upon our hearts.”

2. St. Nektarios of Aegina on Faith

“Christian religion is not a certain philosophic system, about which learned men, trained in metaphysical studies, argue and then either espouse or reject, according to the opinion each one has formed. It is faith, established in the souls of men, which ought to be spread to the many and be maintained in their consciousnesses.”

3. Elder Cleopa of Sihastria on the Cross

“Do not do anything without signing yourself with the sign of the Cross! When you depart on a journey, when you begin your work, when you go to study, when you are alone, and when you are with other people, seal yourself with the Holy Cross on your forehead, your body, your chest, your heart, your lips, your eyes, your ears. All of you should be sealed with the sign of Christ’s victory over hell. Then you will no longer be afraid of charms, evil spirits, or sorcery, because these are dissolved by the power of the Cross like wax before fire and like dust before the wind.”

4. St. John of Kronstadt on the Saints

“What does the daily invocation of the saints signify — of different ones each day, during the whole year, and during our whole life? It signifies that God’s saints — as our brethren, but perfect — live, and are near us, ever ready to help us, by the grace of God. We live together with them in the house of our Heavenly Father, only in different parts of it. We live in the earthly, they in the heavenly half; but we can converse with them, and they with us. God’s saints are near to the believing heart, and are ready in a moment to help those who call upon them with faith and love.”

5. St. Seraphim of Sarov on Christian Homes

“Neither do walls or rich furniture make a home. Millionaires in magnificent mansions may never know a home. But where there are good relationships, where love binds the family together and to God, there happiness is always to be found. For good relationships are heaven anywhere.”

Posted by: Fr. Costa on Feb 17, 17 | 11:19 am | Profile

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Daily Pearls to Live By During Great and Holy Lent 2017

1. St. John Chrysostom on Scripture

“The Holy Scriptures were not given to us that we should enclose them in books, but that we should engrave them upon our hearts.”

2. St. Nektarios of Aegina on Faith

“Christian religion is not a certain philosophic system, about which learned men, trained in metaphysical studies, argue and then either espouse or reject, according to the opinion each one has formed. It is faith, established in the souls of men, which ought to be spread to the many and be maintained in their consciousnesses.”

3. Elder Cleopa of Sihastria on the Cross

“Do not do anything without signing yourself with the sign of the Cross! When you depart on a journey, when you begin your work, when you go to study, when you are alone, and when you are with other people, seal yourself with the Holy Cross on your forehead, your body, your chest, your heart, your lips, your eyes, your ears. All of you should be sealed with the sign of Christ’s victory over hell. Then you will no longer be afraid of charms, evil spirits, or sorcery, because these are dissolved by the power of the Cross like wax before fire and like dust before the wind.”

4. St. John of Kronstadt on the Saints

“What does the daily invocation of the saints signify — of different ones each day, during the whole year, and during our whole life? It signifies that God’s saints — as our brethren, but perfect — live, and are near us, ever ready to help us, by the grace of God. We live together with them in the house of our Heavenly Father, only in different parts of it. We live in the earthly, they in the heavenly half; but we can converse with them, and they with us. God’s saints are near to the believing heart, and are ready in a moment to help those who call upon them with faith and love.”

5. St. Seraphim of Sarov on Christian Homes

“Neither do walls or rich furniture make a home. Millionaires in magnificent mansions may never know a home. But where there are good relationships, where love binds the family together and to God, there happiness is always to be found. For good relationships are heaven anywhere.”

Posted by: Fr. Costa on Feb 17, 17 | 11:19 am | Profile

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Sat Feb 04, 2017

Prayer in Time of Trouble

Lord of the Powers be with us, for in times of distress we have no other help but You.
Lord of the Powers, have mercy on us.

Posted by: Fr. Costa on Feb 04, 17 | 10:26 am | Profile

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Wed Feb 01, 2017

Change

"...God remains constant as our seasons change. If our eyes stay on Him, then from fear we refrain. Remember, He has purpose for all He allows. So when you feel forsaken and your life feels bowed, accept His grace, keep the faith, and press on. For He loves you without measure. You are forever His own" (excerpt from Richard Sanders, Kilby Correctional Facility, Mt. Meigs, AL).

Posted by: Fr. Costa on Feb 01, 17 | 8:11 am | Profile

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Sat Jan 28, 2017

At Home with Christ

Lord Jesus Christ, if and when we feel homeless, remind us that you are our home. May we share this sense of belonging with those we meet. "I go and prepare a place for you" (John 14:3).

Posted by: Fr. Costa on Jan 28, 17 | 11:25 am | Profile

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Thu Jan 19, 2017

God's Abiding Presence With Us

"Go with the strength you have...I will be with you" (Judges 6:14,16).

"He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea" (Psalm 102:17).

"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever" (Isaiah 40:8).

Posted by: Fr. Costa on Jan 19, 17 | 9:54 am | Profile

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Sat Jan 14, 2017

Glory to God for All Things

Great art Thou O Lord, and marvelous are Your works. And no words are sufficient to praise Your wonders!

Posted by: Fr. Costa on Jan 14, 17 | 12:29 pm | Profile

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The Church of Christ Saves Souls, Not Earthly Treasures

"It is a better thing to save souls for the Lord than to save treasures. He who sent forth his apostles without gold had not need of gold to form his Church. The Church possesses gold, not to hoard, but to scatter abroad and come to the aid of the unfortunate." - Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan

Posted by: Fr. Costa on Jan 14, 17 | 9:53 am | Profile

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Fri Jan 13, 2017

The Delivery of Sacred Tradition

"In accordance with the Apostolic Faith delivered to us by tradition from the Fathers, I have delivered the tradition, without inventing anything extraneous to it. What I have learned, that I inscribed, comfortably with the Holy Scriptures." - St. Athanasios the Great

Posted by: Fr. Costa on Jan 13, 17 | 11:25 am | Profile

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Thu Jan 12, 2017

Fulfillment and Completion

Freedom and fulfillment are found in pleasing God and serving others.

Posted by: Fr. Costa on Jan 12, 17 | 11:27 am | Profile

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