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Healing Addictions

Healing Addictions

Lust and Temptation

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Fr. Christophe again discusses the sexual addiction, this time focusing on masturbation.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

From the Akathist prayers to the Mother of God known as the Inexhaustible Cup, kontakion and ikos 9:

All the angels are amazed at thy mercy, O Lord, for thou hast given to sinful mankind a strong defender and helper. She sees our weakness and delivers us from the bitter disease of drunkenness and other addictions, teaching the faithful to sing to God: Alleluia!

The most…

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Healing Addictions

Soul and Body

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Fr. Christophe again discusses the sexual addiction, this time focusing on Romans 1 and its injunction against the separation of soul and body.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

From the Akathist to the Mother of God known as the Inexhaustible Cup, kontakion 8:

Strange and incredible it must seem to unbelievers to hear that thine icon the Inexhaustible Cup bestows miracles of divine healing. We who believe thy words about thine original icon: “The grace of the One borne of me and of mine own will always be with this icon. Know that this present…

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Healing Addictions

Sexual Addiction

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Fr. Christophe begins discussing the sexual addiction.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

From the Akathist to the Mother of God known as the Inexhaustible Cup, kontakion 7:

Seeking to thank thee, O Sovereign Lady, a certain man healed from his passion for alcohol in gratitude adorned thy miraculous icon that is in Serpukhov, singing to God from the depths of his heart: Alleluia!

A new wonder do we see from thy holy icon, O Sovereign Lady, suffering…

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Co-dependency - Part 2

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Fr. Christophe continues his series on co-dependency by describing the causes and effects of this 'mother of addictions.'

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Again, we will begin this podcast with our prayers to the Mother of God known as the Inexhaustible Cup. For those who are members or inquirers or listeners who are interested, I am reading from the Akathist prayers to the Mother of God, the Inexhaustible Cup, and I am reading the first prayer as an introduction to our podcast today. The first prayer is located at the very, very end of the Akathist…

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Co-dependency - Part 1

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Treating the relationship illness co-dependency, mother of addictions.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I’d like to welcome all of you to the podcast number 13: Healing Addictions: The Orthodox Method of Treatment. I will begin by praying the Akathist prayers to the Mother of God as we have in the past. For those that are familiar with them, you can join me. I am on kontakion 13. For our members, this is the point where we are asked to create a short list of individuals that we’re praying…

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Praying for the Departed

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Fr. Christophe emphasizes the very important need to break the chains of addiction, which begins, he explains, with prayers for the repose of our ancestors.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Though beset by a storm of doubting thoughts, those bound by passions and addictions come with sincere repentance to thine inexpressible mercy to receive healing, singing from the depths of their hearts to our Savior, born of thee: Alleluia.

On seeing the heavy burdens and weeping and wailing, the elderly and children, the relatives of those possessed by addictions, the Lord…

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Healing Addictions

An Invitation to Heal

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Fr. Christophe outlines the first three steps of a 12-step fellowship, explaining that our affliction is an invitation to heal.

I will begin this podcast with the prayers from the Akathist to the Mother of God known as the Inexhaustible Cup.

Kontakion 5 and Ikos 5.Thou hast shown thine honorable icon to be a divinely radiant star, O most gracious Lady, Sovereign of the world, so that, gazing upon it and praying to thee with heart-felt faith, we may say: O Theotokos, grant healing to those who are suffering from drunkenness and any other illness of soul and body, and…

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The Church is a Hospital

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Fr. Christophe uses the story of the Woman at the Well to explain how it is that the Lord brings forth healing within the Orthodox Church.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The power of the Almighty and the grace of the Sovereign Mother of God strengthened man, suffering from alcoholism. In obedience to the Theotokos, as instructed by St. Varlaam, he set out for the city of Serpukhov, in spite of his paralyzed legs. On his arrival he found the icon of the most-pure Theotokos and was healed from the illness of both his soul and body. Therefore from…

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The Relational Aspect of Addiction

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Fr. Christophe addresses the relational aspect of addiction, explaining that all members of a family have a part in treating addiction.

Kontakion 2, Ikos 2: In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

On seeing the heartfelt sorrow and the tortures of soul of those possessed by the destructive vice of drunkenness as well as their true repentance, thou has graciously willed, O most-holy Lady, to show thy mercy to the God-saved city of Serpukhov by the appearance of thy miraculous icon, the Inexhaustible Cup, so that all who fall down before it with faith and…

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Healing Addictions

Introduction

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Fr. Christophe introduces his podcast and then discusses the appetitive function.

A wonderful and marvelous healing has been given to us by the holy icon of the Lady Theotokos. By its appearance we have been delivered from spiritual and physical afflictions and from sorrowful circumstances. Therefore we bring to thee our grateful praise, O all-merciful protectress. O Sovereign Lady of the Inexhaustible Cup, bend down thine ear; mercifully hear our sighs and heartfelt cries that we bring to thee, and give deliverance to those who suffer…

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