Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

We listen to a conversation Jesus had with the Pharisees in the gospel read at this morning’s Divine Liturgy (Matt. 22:34-44). Right before the section that we heard this morning, from the same 22nd chapter of Matthew’s gospel, we find a short exchange between Jesus and the Sadducees. The Sadducees, together with the Pharisees, madeContinue reading “Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost”

The Cross as the Symbol of Love

I have found myself in circles in the past where mentioning the “feast” of the “Cross” is considered blasphemous. In some so-called “Christian” confessions the cross is utterly ignored, completely avoided. It’s utterly blasphemous to wear a cross around oneʼs neck, to have one hanging from the rear view mirror, much less to make theContinue reading “The Cross as the Symbol of Love”

“It is not our custom to sell our faith…”

A new English translation (not certain whether it’s the first and only English translation) of St. Nikolai’s letters is available. Entitled Missionary Letters of St Nikolai Velimirovich, Part 1, it was translated by Hieromonk Serafim (Baltic) of New Gracanica Monastery in Grayslake, Illinois. If interested you can purchase a copy at the Diocesan Bookstore ofContinue reading ““It is not our custom to sell our faith…””