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Monastery of the Transfiguration

Monastery of the Transfiguration

March 2008 17 episodes

Mother Christophora is abbess at the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, PA. These lectures were given at the monastery or various conferences around the country. Also included are sermons and talks given by guests at the monastery.


Episodes

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Nov 13, 2014

Recognizing His Voice - Fr. Tom Soroka

A homily on the Feast of John Chrysostom on the gospel readings for bishops from the Gospel of St. John, Chapter 10. What are the qualities of a shepherd? Do we know the voice of our shepherd? We hear the voice of the Lord in the Divine Scriptures. We must recognize His voice when we read the scriptures.

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Nov 08, 2014

The Feast of the Angels - Fr. Tom Soroka

A reflection on 3 roles of the angels who: constantly give glory to God, are messengers of the Good news, and who are God's defenders and defenders of God's people, and how we can imitate them.

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Sep 10, 2014

Jesus Remains

Even when the world seems to cascade out of control around us, Jesus remains with us.

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Aug 29, 2014

Fr. Maxym Lysack - How Many Times Should I Forgive

Fr. Lysack speaks about what it really mean to forgive seventy times seven. When Peter asks if he should forgive his brother 7 times, he is really asking, "Should I forgive him many times; should I act justly?" Christ's answer closes any book of ethics as he says that we should forgive "with infinite compassion." Is this even possible for us? What does it mean for us?

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Aug 29, 2014

Fr. Maxym Lysack - The Beheading of John the Baptist

Sometimes the Gospel seems to go from tragedy to tragedy. There is great evil in the world, and the beheading of St. John is a horrific thing. We cannot deny that horrible things can happen to saintly people. However, reading other passages of the Gospel, we know that St. John gave his life for Christ. God uses the horrific act to actually limit evil.

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Aug 29, 2014

Bishop Michael on the Feast of the Transfiguration

Bishop Michael compares the three disciples' experience on Mount Tabor in the New Testament with the Old Testament experiences of God on various mountains. What is the experience of Mount Tabor for Peter, James, and John? What is it for each of us? It must be more than a yearly pilgrimage to the monastery for the feast day.

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May 12, 2014

Fr. Tom Soroka - Bright Saturday

Fr. Tom Soroka from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church near Pittsburgh speaks at the Bright Saturday liturgy at the Monastery about where we go from here after the exhaustion and intensity of Holy Week and Bright Week. Each day of Bright week we proclaimed the Resurrection to all creation, as if for each day of creation. St. Thomas Sunday brings the 8th day, the fulfillment of all, when we receive bread and wine in the Kingdom.

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May 12, 2014

Archbishop Nathaniel - Lazarus Saturday

Archbishop Nathaniel speaks about Lazarus Saturday at the Monastery in 2014.

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Mar 14, 2014

Restoring the Human Icon

St. Nicholas Church in Magadore, OH (OCA) invited Mother Christophora to speak at the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers for the Akron area. Mother spoke about restoring the human icon and the role that monasteries have in aiding this restoration today.

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Aug 27, 2013

The Church As A Revelation of Christ

Fr. Maxym Lysack, pastor of Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church in Ottawa, Canada was visiting the monastery and gave an enlightening homily on the famous passage on the Church from St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians. The Church is not an institution, but rather a revelation of a person, Jesus Christ.

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Aug 16, 2013

The Dormition of the Holy Theotokos

Fr. Radu Bordeianu, who teaches at Duquesne, gave a very simple, yet lovely homily about a blessed end to life and church community.

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Apr 23, 2013

Mother Christophora - The Monastic Saints of Great Lent

Mother Christophora was asked to give the homily at the Pan-Orthodox Sunday Lenten Vespers service for the Youngstown, Ohio, area. Vespers was held at St. John the Baptist (OCA) in Campbell, Ohio. She spoke about the monastic saints commemorated on the Sundays of Lent and then spoke about a contemporary monastic, Mother Alexandra, and what she might have to say to us today.

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Mar 05, 2012

Fr. John Kostas - Sunday of Orthodoxy

Homily given on the Sunday of Orthodoxy at the monastery.

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Mar 05, 2012

Fr. John Kostas - Forgiveness Sunday

Homily given on Forgiveness Sunday at the monastery.

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Mar 22, 2008

The Healing of Confession

From a Lenten series on repentance delivered at the Orthodox Christian Women's conference in Montreal in March of 2008.

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Mar 22, 2008

The Joy of Repentance part 2

From a Lenten series on repentance delivered at the Orthodox Christian Women's conference in Montreal in March of 2008.

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29:49
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Mar 22, 2008

The Joy of Repentance part 1

From a Lenten series on repentance delivered at the Orthodox Christian Women's conference in Montreal in March of 2008.

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