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The Naming of a Child

Since the time of Abraham, the sign of the covenant between God and the Hebrews (later Israel) was circumcision. According to the book of Leviticus, male children were circumcised on the eighth day after their birth; this was their entrance into the qa’hal, the people of God. Christians, however, enter into the new Israel – […]

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Blessing Talida and Arun’s new home

After a bright Sunday Liturgy and the usual feast at coffee hour, Matushka, Eva and I hopped into the car to follow Talida and Arun to their new home. After a white-knuckle drive down 287 and some serious back-roads navigating to avoid the tolls, we arrived in Jamesburg almost an hour later. Friends and family were already gathered […]

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Four days with St Anna

I first met St Anna as a young convert to Orthodoxy. I had little practical experience in the faith and knew even less about the tradition of miraculous icons and relics. My parish priest gave me a great gift when he took me to a small Russian church near the museum in Philadelphia for the […]

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The Mystery of Repentance

The life of a Christian is filled with many sorrows and many joys. We have a merciful Lord, who showed us the greatest example of self-sacrificing love, and the final triumph of good over evil, life over death, and love over hatred, in His Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension. This is the source of all of […]

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