“To partake of the
holy Body and Blood of Christ is good and beneficial; for He says quite
plainly: ‘He that eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.’
Who can doubt that to share continually in life is the same thing as
having life abundantly?” (St Basil the Great).
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone
eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall
give for the life of the world is my flesh” (St. John 6.51).
Those who do not know our rights cannot treasure them. We have cast the bill of rights away. As rights are stripped, it’s always for the “greater good” of the people…
By Fr. Zechariah Lynch of the OCA.
current, even within Orthodox circles, the idea is being put forth that
if I, as a person, truly cared about others I would stay at home. This
staying at home includes forgoing attending church.
are saying things like “don’t try to be a hero.” Others are proposing
that staying at home is a true reflection of Christian concern and love
In this post I will be addressing this issue and I will be giving an opposing view to those reflected above.
“Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting our rulers to prevail over adversaries, and protecting Your commonwealth by Your Cross.”
The second wave of influenza in the fall of 1918 was the worst yet. By the time Father Nicola Yanney reached Wichita, Kansas, a citywide quarantine was in effect. A 16-year-old girl had already died, creating a sense of panic. The missionary priest — his territory reached from Missouri to Colorado and from Oklahoma to North Dakota — couldn’t even hold her funeral in the city’s new Orthodox sanctuary. As he traveled back to his home church in Kearney, Nebraska, he kept anointing the sick, hearing confessions and taking Holy Communion to those stricken by the infamous “Spanish flu.”