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As we raise Lazarus today, I fall and get back up myself.

By now, you have probably received multiple accounts from Orthodox sources on preparing for the home stretch being Holy Week. Imagine how much of a home stretch it would feel like when you fasted properly, gone to confession and made an effort to attend as many services (if not all) as you can. Holy Week… Continue reading As we raise Lazarus today, I fall and get back up myself.

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How St Mary of Egypt helped me find my spiritual father

It’s the fifth Sunday of Lent where Orthodox Christians commemorate St Mary of Egypt. St Mary is a strong example of someone in the faith of how no matter how far you feel you strayed from the church, you can seek forgiveness and come back. Only in words does this seem simple, right? Forgiveness is… Continue reading How St Mary of Egypt helped me find my spiritual father

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Why you should consider attending a lenten service.

St Michael’s Orthodox Church, Mount Carmel PA   Growing up, I always wondered what was so important of making it a priority to attend the weekly Lenten services and even an additional Vespers serviceon Sunday evenings during Orthodox Lent. It seemed so overwhelming for a teenager and an early twentysomething that I could imagine what a… Continue reading Why you should consider attending a lenten service.