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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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WHY FAST?

WHY FAST? Fr Dimitri Cozby Fasting is probably on least in this country. There are more differences in obser­vance between families on this point than on any other. Some families never fast; others fol­low faithfully the strictest rule. As we begin the Great Lent, we should review a few of the rea­sons why we should […]

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ANNOUNCING THE GOOD NEWS

ANNOUNCING THE GOOD NEWS Fr Dimitri Cozby On March 25th we celebrate the feast of the Annunciation. The event commem­orated is recoun­ted in Luke 1: 26-38. An “annun­ciation” is an “announcement”, and the feast recalls the arch­angel Gab­riel’s announcement to Mary that she was to be the “The­otokos”, the mother of the incar­nate God. The […]

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PHARISEES AND TAX COLLECTORS

PHARISEES AND TAX COLLECTORS Fr Dimitri Cozby We are all familiar with the Lord’s parable of the Pharisee and the Publican, read on the first pre-Lenten Sunday (Luke 18:10-14). Both men in the para­ble, the Pharisee and the tax collector, approach God in prayer. But the Pharisee begins his prayer by comparing his vir­tues to […]

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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS Fr Dimitri Cozby Encounters may take many forms, ranging from the polite exchanges of stran­gers, to the joyous reunions of long-separated friends, to the hostile clashes of enemies. Some meetings are casual or focused on one particular object; the people have no intention of establishing connections beyond the needs of the moment. Other […]

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THE BLESSING OF JORDAN

THE BLESSING OF JORDAN Fr Dimitri Cozby Several times during the blessing of water at Theophany we ask the Lord to send upon the water “the blessing of Jordan.” What is this gift for which we so fervently pray? The phrase has many meanings; we can deal here with only a few. One key to […]

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ANCESTORS, FATHERS, PATRIARCHS, PROPHETS …

ANCESTORS, FATHERS, PATRIARCHS, PROPHETS … Fr Dimitri Cozby The Anaphora, the great consecration prayer in the Divine Liturgy, contains a commemoration of the saints, beginning with a listing of ten kinds or categories of saints. The catalog starts out with the Old Testament saints, “ancestors, fathers, patriarchs, prophets, …” These are the righteous men and […]

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