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A BALANCED SPIRITUAL DIET

A BALANCED SPIRITUAL DIET Fr Dimitri Cozby In health classes at school we learned the essentials of nutrition, embodied in the concept of four basic food groups. We were told that a balanced diet was necessary to health and that to ensure a balanced diet we must eat something from each of the four food […]

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THE CHIEFS OF THE APOSTLES

THE CHIEFS OF THE APOSTLES Fr Dimitri Cozby The month of June is rounded off by the commemoration of the Apostles Peter and Paul. The Church has given them the common title “The Chiefs of the Apostles” and a combined feast day in recognition of their common mission of establishing Christ’s Church and guiding its […]

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THE NEVER-ENDING DAY

THE NEVER-ENDING DAY Fr Dimitri Cozby O Christ. O great and most holy Pascha! . . . Grant that we may more perfectly partake of Thee in the never-ending day of my Kingdom! One of the most meaningful periods in the Church calendar is Bright Week, the week following Pascha. Unfortunately this celebration seems sometimes […]

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THE OLD TESTAMENT READINGS OF LENT

THE OLD TESTAMENT READINGS OF LENT Fr Dimitri Cozby GOD, CREATION, AND MAN The Orthodox Church calendar assigns readings for each day of the year. These readings are to be read at Church services of the day and usually come from the New Testament. The week-day readings for Lent, however, are all from the Old […]

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SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST Fr Dimitri Cozby The halo of sainthood sometimes blinds us to the extraordinary character of some of the saints. Our reverence for God’s holy ones leads us to overlook how remarkable, even bizarre, their lives were. Certainly that is the case with a figure we honor twice during the summer months, […]

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CELEBRANT AND SACRIFICE

CELEBRANT AND SACRIFICE Fr Dimitri Cozby We commemorate each October the memory of two saints of the North American Church, St Tikhon and St Innocent. St Tikhon was archbishop of our American Church from 1898 to 1907 He was later elected Patriarch of Moscow just as the Bolshevik took power, and he guided the Russian […]

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THE SPIRIT IN THE CHURCH

THE SPIRIT IN THE CHURCH Fr Dimitri Cozby On the Feast of Pentecost we commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the creation thereby of the Church. We experience a personal Pentecost following our Baptism in the holy Mystery of Chrismation, by which we are sealed with the gift of His […]

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TWO WOMEN, TWO ENCOUNTERS

TWO WOMEN, TWO ENCOUNTERS Fr Dimitri Cozby The Fountain of miracles sat down at the fountain at the sixth hour to revive the fruit of Eve. For Eve had been cast out of Paradise through the guile of the serpent. Now the Samaritan woman comes near to draw water. (Vespers for Sunday of the Samaritan […]

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PRIVATE AND PUBLIC

PRIVATE AND PUBLIC Fr Dimitri Cozby Our Lord spent most of His ministry before His crucifixion in public. He worked His miracles openly. He delivered His teach­ing to crowds assembled to hear Him, although He sometimes called His disciples aside for further explanations. He reminded His accusers of this candor at His trial: “I have […]

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