Saint Augustine on Psalm 136
Feb20

Saint Augustine on Psalm 136

“By the waters of Babylon…” is not a typical psalm of peace and praise to God… How and why does the Church use this hymn in worship?

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A homily for Forgiveness Sunday
Feb19

A homily for Forgiveness Sunday

If anyone be devout and love God, let him commence this radiant fast with joy!

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Who is Christ?
Feb06

Who is Christ?

Here is the answer of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, writing circa 180AD. As you read, remember when this was written: To actually read the writings of the Christians centuries before Nicea is to bury once for all the notion that Christ’s divinity was a late accretion. Irenaeus writes: The sacred books acknowledge with regard to Christ, that as he is the Son of man, so is the same being not only a man; and as he is flesh, so is he...

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The Star of Bethlehem
Dec22

The Star of Bethlehem

Every year around Christmas reports give an astronomical explanation of the Star of Bethlehem: A supernova, or a conjunction of planets… These are all nonsense.

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More honorable than the cherubim
Oct17

More honorable than the cherubim

Is the Theotokos seriously “more honorable than the cherubim and more glorious than the seraphim”?

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Saint Ephrem: “No advantage do you offer”
Oct16

Saint Ephrem: “No advantage do you offer”

Saint Ephrem the Syrian (4th century) wrote: No advantages do you offer those who love you, O world, you dwelling-place of sorrows. All who draw near to you do you seduce with your treasures and with all your delights, but in the day of death both the fair countenance of the beautiful and the might of the strong will be cast down into the grave. Woe to him who loves you and is loved by you, for his joy will be transformed into cries....

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