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Praying in the Rain

Wrongly Directed Zeal

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If we are really interested in helping others who are sick, who are in sin, and who have fallen, then St. Isaac tells us, “know that the sick are in greater need of loving care than of rebuke.”

St. Isaac the Syrian speaks of two kinds of zeal.  In homily 51 he speaks of a “sick” zeal, a “wrong” zeal.  And in homily 55 St. Isaac speaks of zeal as a “watchdog” and “shield” of the soul.  However, to say these are two different kinds of zeal is not quite correct.  Both find their origin in the natural, “incensive” faculty of the soul.  This is an old English word that comes from the Latin meaning to enflame—in fact,…

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Why is Church Boring?

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In this episode of Fr.TEDTalks, Fr. Ted explores the question of why many may perceive the Church as being boring or non-participatory. There is a tendency to compare Orthodox worship with other, Western, Protestant worship services. Fr. Ted explains the essential differences between the two approaches to spiritual life.

Hi, everybody. I’m Fr. Ted from Fr.TEDTalks, and today we will be discussing participating in the Liturgy.

Fr. Ted, I have attended church services in non-Orthodox parishes. Their services are participatory, gleeful, and full of song and experience, even hand-shaking and welcoming those around you. I felt more in touch with the spiritual experience and connection at these churches. Why isn’t the Orthodox Church more participatory?


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Let Us Attend

July 3, 2016, Matthew 4:18-23, Told for Younger Children

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One day, our Lord Jesus Christ was walking along the Sea of Galilee. He came to two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Andrew. These brothers were fishermen. They were just casting their net into the sea when Jesus came to them. He said, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for men!” Right away, Simon Peter and Andrew left their nets and followed Jesus! As they walked along, Jesus saw two more brothers. James and John were both in a boat with their…

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Let Us Attend

July 3, 2016, Matthew 4:18-23, Read for Older Children

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At that time, as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets,…

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