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Frederica Here and Now

Frederica Here and Now
The Role of the Monastic

Episode date: January 14, 2009
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FMG: I’m here at Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, West Virginia. A Russian Church Monastery here in a “holler”—a sort of bowl in the mountains, where a valley comes to an end with the mountains rising on all sides. It’s a lovely monastery. Fr. Seraphim, you were saying that it was founded in 1986 in St. Louis, and then moved to this location. Would you say something to listeners—those who are new to Orthodoxy or outside Orthodoxy—on the question, “Why monasticism?” It can look like a self-indulgent choice—you just go off, take it easy, and other people support you—but…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
February 1, 2009: Matthew 15:21-28, Read for Older Children

Episode date: January 26, 2009
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At that time, Jesus went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But Jesus did not answer her a word.
And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” Jesus answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
February 1, 2009: Matthew 15:21-28, Told for Younger Children

Episode date: January 26, 2009
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One day, a woman from Canaan met Jesus. She begged Jesus to have mercy on her. She wanted Him to heal her daughter. Her daughter was being hurt by a demon. (Demons are bad spirits that try to keep people away from God.) Jesus did not answer the woman.
After a while, Jesus’ disciples begged Him to send the woman away. They did not like that she was bothering them. Jesus said, “I was only sent to help Israelites, not Canaanites.
The woman heard what Jesus said and knelt down in front of Him. She asked again, “Lord, help me.”
Jesus said, “It would not be fair for me to do a miracle for a Canaanite when I am supposed…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
February 8, 2009: Luke 18:10-14, Read for Older Children

Episode date: February 02, 2009
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The Lord spoke this parable: “Two men went into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee, and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.’
“But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’
“I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
February 8, 2009: Luke 18:10-14, Told for Younger Children

Episode date: February 02, 2009
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One day, our Lord Jesus Christ told this parable. (A parable is a story with a special meaning.) He wanted people to learn something from His story.
He told about two men who went to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. In those days, Pharisees were people who tried very hard to follow God’s laws, but often did it just to show off or brag. And in those days, people did not like tax collectors because they often cheated people out of their money.
The Pharisee stood up and prayed proudly, “Thank you, God, that I’m not like other men who disobey You and hurt others. Thank you that I’m not…

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