Mary, the First Hesyachist – Part II – “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart”


Mary, the First Hesyachist Part II “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” While in the womb of the Advent Fast, awaiting the birth of Christ, let us enter into the prayer life of the Theotokos, whom St. Gregory Palamas called the first hesyachist and reflect on the value of … Continue reading Mary, the First Hesyachist – Part II – “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart”

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Drawing closer to the Mother of God during Advent, Part I airing on OCN mid-Nov.


Most of us are not thrilled about fasting – which part of the struggle we all confront when we begin a fast. How do we joyfully and thankfully approach fasting? How do we prepare ourselves to receive Christ into the manger of our souls? How can the Mary be a guide to us this Advent? … Continue reading Drawing closer to the Mother of God during Advent, Part I airing on OCN mid-Nov.

Introduction to the Jesus Prayer


Introduction to the Jesus Prayer Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner. I have often read the Jesus Prayer in prayer books and heard it in church, but my attention was drawn to it first some years ago in Rumania. There in a small Monastery of Smbata, tucked away at … Continue reading Introduction to the Jesus Prayer

Why Lent must rise again, G. Jeffrey MacDonald


This is an amazing article our pastor read last Sunday - the second Sunday of  Lent.  It is truly a statement of our times and of the importance of the traditions within Lent that can help us in our daily lives.  Written by a Protestant - he illumined the struggles and joys that await by … Continue reading Why Lent must rise again, G. Jeffrey MacDonald