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  • BRING BACK THE LOWLY ALTAR BOY (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2016 5:22:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    reginamag.com ^ | May 2 2016 | Beverly Stevens, REGINA Editor
    With all the hullabaloo on this topic, I have tried valiantly to avoid having a knee-jerk opinion on altar girls. Now, however, I have actually spent some time thinking about it. And I do have an opinion, based on my personal experience both as a Catholic mother and REGINA’s Editor. I raised a son and a daughter in the Catholic Church in Connecticut in the 1990’s and 2000’s. My daughter had zero interest in being an altar ‘server’ and I was somewhat dubious about then-popular claims that serving the altar would somehow prepare her to have a successful career. In...
  • Understanding the Future (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional & Caucus)

    05/03/2016 5:12:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 5/3/2015
    When we ask questions about matters that elude our full understanding, we tend to look for models or patterns that are similar to what we do understand. We seek for clues to a new and different paradigm. The shift from earthbound thinking to conceiving of heaven is a massive paradigm shift. To speak of our mysterious future is to search for analogies that will give us a hint about what to expect. We cannot say what heaven is, but the Bible does give us hints as to what it is like. We try to imagine the unknown in the light...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-03-16, FEAST, Sts. Philip and James, Apostles

    05/02/2016 9:46:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-03-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 3, 2016 Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles Reading 1 1 Cor 15:1-8 I am reminding you, brothers and sisters,of the Gospel I preached to you,which you indeed received and in which you also stand.Through it you are also being saved,if you hold fast to the word I preached to you,unless you believed in vain.For I handed on to you as of first importance what I also received:that Christ died for our sinsin accordance with the Scriptures;that he was buried;that he was raised on the third dayin accordance with the Scriptures;that he appeared to Cephas, then to...
  • The Sexual Revolution; Particularly cruel to Women...Gender pt 2

    A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are truel.(Proverbs 12:10)For more than 70 years there has been an out of control forest-fire raging in the former Judeo/Christian world, which has wreaked seismic levels of misery and even death to literally millions of people. Ironically the scope of the evil it has inflicted, is little appreciated, in fact there are many who believe this out of control cultural fire represents “progress”. I speak of the Sexual revolution. This raging and destructive fire was sparked by a confluence of historical events, such as...
  • Bright Week and the 40 Days of Easter

    05/02/2016 7:03:37 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    Ad Orientem ^ | 04-21-2016 | Ad Orientem
    The icon for Bright Monday Bright Week and the forty days of Pascha (Easter) are a period of celebration as we rejoice in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In recognition of this we observe certain customs, and relax various disciplines as an expression of this joy. To whit there is no fasting until the second Wednesday following Pascha.  Penitential disciplines of any kind are a no no during Bright Week as we are feasting with the Bridegroom. This is true even in monasteries. While monastics will keep their abstinence from meat, they too will be feasting on fish, cheeses...
  • Responding to God’s Call (evangelical & Protestant Caucus)

    05/02/2016 5:25:21 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 5/2/2016
    We live in daily submission to a host of authorities who circumscribe our freedom: from parents to traffic police officers to dog catchers. All authorities are to be respected and, as the Bible declares, honored. But only one authority has the intrinsic right to bind the conscience. God alone imposes absolute obligation, and He does it by the power of His holy voice. He calls the world into existence by divine imperative, by holy fiat. He calls the dead and rotting Lazarus to life again. He calls people who were no people “My people.” He calls us out of darkness...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-02-16, M, St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    05/01/2016 8:14:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-02-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 2, 2016 Memorial of Saint Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Acts 16:11-15 We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.We spent some time in that city.On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the riverwhere we thought there would be a place of prayer.We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,from the city...
  • The Paschal homily of St John Chrysostomos (Archbishop of Constantinople)

    05/01/2016 4:01:41 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 17 replies
    http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/sermon.htm ^ | 4th Century AD | +John Chrysostomos
    If any be a devout lover of God, let him partake with gladness from this fair and radiant feast. If any be a faithful servant, let him enter rejoicing into the joy of his Lord. If any have wearied himself with fasting, let him now enjoy his reward. If any have laboured from the first hour, let him receive today his rightful due. If any have come after the third, let him celebrate the feast with thankfulness. If any have come after the sixth, let him not be in doubt, for he will suffer no loss. If any have delayed...
  • The Left;The Serpent hates The Woman...Gender pt 1

    And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:15)And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.(Revelation 12:17) We see by these texts that the Serpent of Genesis becomes a Dragon by Revelation. He is the enemy of all mankind, the original murderer and tempter, whose task is to alienate all men from God. But the Dragon/Serpent...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-01-16, Sixth Sunday of Easter

    04/30/2016 7:24:20 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    May 1, 2016 Sixth Sunday of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,you cannot be saved.”Because there arose no little dissension and debateby Paul and Barnabas with them,it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the othersshould go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and eldersabout this question. The apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole church,decided to choose representativesand to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,and Silas, leaders...
  • We (Still) Believe In The Holy Spirit...Charismatic Post Mortem

    And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.(Acts 1:7-8)I have taken you, my readers on a very truncated tour of what I believe to be the causes of the death of the Charismatic movement. I have no problem believing that God did indeed...
  • Knocking Down the Gates of Hell

    04/30/2016 5:25:48 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 04-30-2016 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The Swedish Lutheran theologian, Gustav Aulen, publish a seminal work on types of atonement theory in 1930 (Christus Victor). Though time and critique have suggested many subtler treatments of the question, no one has really improved on his insight. Especially valuable was description of the “Classic View” of the atonement. This imagery, very dominant in the writings of the early Fathers and in the liturgical life of the Eastern Church, focused on the atonement as an act of invasion, smashing of gates and bonds, and the setting free of those bound in hell. Aulen clearly preferred this imagery and is...
  • The Miracle of the Holy Fire 2016 (Devotional)

    04/30/2016 4:57:21 PM PDT · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | 04-30-2016 | Jerusalem Patriarchate
    Video coverage of the miracle of the Holy Fire that recurs annually on Great & Holy Saturday (the eve of Easter) in the tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.
  • The Victory of the Resurrection

    04/30/2016 4:12:58 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1997 | John McArthur
    “‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ . . . but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55, 57). The Resurrection seals what we could not: victory over death. Death is the great enemy of mankind. It comes to everyone without exception. It violates our dominion of God’s creation, breaks apart relationships, disrupts families, and causes us to grieve the loss of loved ones. However, Christ’s resurrection has broken the power of death for Christians because “death no longer...
  • Realizing Your Reward

    04/30/2016 4:11:37 PM PDT · by metmom · 2 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1993 | John McArthur
    "Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matt. 5:11-12). The sacrifices you make for Christ’s sake in this life will be abundantly compensated for in Heaven. God's promise for those who are persecuted for His sake is that their reward in heaven will be great (Matt. 5:11). Jesus said, "Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or...
  • Great & Holy Saturday: The Harrowing of Hell

    04/30/2016 6:17:09 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | Fr. Peter Orfanakos
    Friday night, the Matins for Holy Saturday are served. This service contains the “Lamentations (also “Praises”) of the Mother of God” over her crucified Son, taken down from the Cross and laid in the tomb. Thou who art the Life wast laid in a tomb, O Christ; and the hosts of angels were amazed and glorified Thy self-abasement.O Life, how canst Thou die? How canst Thou dwell in a tomb? Yet Thou dost destroy death’s kingdom and raise the dead from hell. From the “Lamentations” Burial of Christ. Source: webphoto.ro      On Saturday Morning, The Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil...
  • The Synaxarion for Great and Holy Saturday

    04/30/2016 6:06:33 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | Archpriest Victor Sokolov
    Taking the Savior down from the cross. Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem. Photo: Anton Pospelov/Pravoslavie.ru Of all the days the Holy and Great Forty Day Fast is the most distinguished, but more than the Holy Forty Day Fast the Holy and Great Passion Week is exalted, and more than the days of Holy Week Great and Holy Saturday is the most exalted. This week is called great not because these days or hours are more exalted but because the great, portentous and extraordinary deeds of our Savior were accomplished during this week, but especially on this day. Yet,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-30-16, OM, St. Pius V, Pope

    04/29/2016 10:17:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-30-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 30, 2016 Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 16:1-10 Paul reached also Derbe and Lystrawhere there was a disciple named Timothy,the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,but his father was a Greek.The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,and Paul wanted him to come along with him.On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,for they all knew that his father was a Greek.As they traveled from city to city,they handed on to the people for observance the decisionsreached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.Day...
  • Our New Bodies

    04/29/2016 2:15:12 PM PDT · by metmom · 6 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1997 | John McArthur
    “Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (1 Corinthians 15:49). All believers can look forward to one day receiving new bodies and new images. Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances present a glimpse of the greatness, power, and wonder that our own resurrection bodies will have. Our Lord appeared and disappeared at will and always reappeared in other places. He was able to go through walls and doors, but He could also eat, drink, sit, talk, and be seen by others. Jesus was remarkably the same as before His death, yet...
  • Receiving Christ's Wounds

    04/29/2016 2:13:54 PM PDT · by metmom
    Grace To You ^ | 1993 | John McArthur
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me" (Matt. 5:10-11). The persecution you receive for proclaiming Christ is really aimed at Christ Himself. Savonarola has been called the Burning Beacon of the Reformation. His sermons denouncing the sin and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church of his day helped pave the way for the Protestant Reformation. Many who heard his powerful sermons went away...
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd Stasis of the Lamentations for Great and Holy Friday

    04/29/2016 8:14:51 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 6 replies
    This will be chanted tonight across the Orthodox World. I expect all Orthodox Christians will agree that tonight's service is the most emotionally gut wrenching of the year. These chants are the lamentations of the Most Holy Theotokos at the crucifixion, death and entombment of her Son. Imagine what it must have been like for her! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttXyYzXKLUQ
  • Scenes from the Services for Great Friday in Russia

    04/29/2016 7:59:52 AM PDT · by NRx
    YouTube ^ | Russian Orthodox Church
    Some scenes from the services for Great & Holy (Good) Friday in Russia.
  • The 15th Antiphon from Great & Holy Friday Matins (Chant)

    04/29/2016 7:50:08 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 01-25-2016 | Archbishop Job
    Archbishop Job of blessed memory chants the 15th antiphon from the services for Great & Holy Friday. I have always found this rather haunting in its beauty.
  • The Synaxarion for Great & Holy Friday

    04/29/2016 7:28:55 AM PDT · by NRx
    Synaxis Info ^ | Archpriest Victor Sokolov
    On this day, Holy and Great Friday, we celebrate the awesome, holy, and saving Passion of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ - the spitting, the blows with the palm of the hand, the buffeting, the mockery, the reviling, the wearing of the purple robe, the reed, the sponge, the vinegar, the nailing, the lance, and above all, the Crucifixion and Death which He condescended to endure willingly for our sakes - and also the saving confession of the grateful thief upon the cross. After our Lord Jesus Christ was sold for thirty pieces of silver and was...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-29-16, M, St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin & Doctor/Church

    04/28/2016 9:42:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-29-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 29, 2016 Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Acts 15:22-31 The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,decided to choose representativesand to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,and Silas, leaders among the brothers.This is the letter delivered by them:“The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Ciliciaof Gentile origin: greetings.Since we have heard that some of our numberwho went out without any mandate from ushave upset you with their teachingsand disturbed your...
  • The Synaxarion for Great and Holy Thursday

    04/28/2016 12:02:33 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Synaxis Info ^ | Archpriest Victor Sokolov
    On this day, Holy and Great Thursday, according to the order which our Holy Fathers inherited from the Holy Apostles, and the Holy Gospels, we celebrate four events: the Holy Washing of the Disciples' feet, the Mystical Supper (the institution of the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist, which we celebrate to this day), the Lord's Agony in the Garden, and His Betrayal. On the morrow, Friday, the Passover sacrifice of the Hebrews was intended to take place, namely the slaughter of the lamb reared for this purpose. On that same Friday, the Truth was intended to follow the old type....
  • A Homily Holy Wednesday: “Deliver me from the filth of my works”

    04/28/2016 11:54:43 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 04-07-2016 | Fr. Seraphim Holland
         Brothers and sisters this is the last Presanctified Liturgy for the year. We won’t have another one until Great Lent begins again if God grants us life next year. Today we commemorate the woman who anointed the Lord, preparing Him for His burial, and also Judas who betrayed the Lord. One was receiving her salvation because of her gratitude, and the other was finding perdition because of his addiction to sin, causing him to lose his mind, so that he would actually kill his friend, mentor, teacher, and God. There is a constant interplay between these people in...
  • The Foot-Washing Rite for Great and Holy Thursday

    04/28/2016 11:17:03 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-28-2016 | Russ
    Scenes from the the rite for the washing of feet on Great & Holy Thursday in Christ the Savior Cathedral.
  • The Resurrection: Motive for Sanctification

    04/28/2016 10:06:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 8 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1997 | John McArthur
    “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’ Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:33-34). Trusting in the fact of Christ’s resurrection and looking forward to our own rising from the dead ought to stimulate us toward sanctification. Like any essential teaching of Scripture, the doctrine of the Resurrection can be studied and discussed from an academic standpoint only. When that happens, we usually acquire a factual understanding of the topic and perhaps some appreciation of how the doctrine supports our faith—but...
  • Three Kinds of Persecution

    04/28/2016 10:04:51 AM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1993 | John McArthur
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me" (Matt. 5:10-11). When you speak out for Christ, you can expect harassment, insults, and slander. Jesus mentioned three broad categories of suffering that Christians will experience. The first is persecution. "Persecuted" (Matt. 5:10) and "persecute" (v. 11) both come from the same Greek root meaning "to pursue" or "chase away." Over time it came to mean...
  • Moving Out of the Temple (Protestant&Evangelical devotional/Caucus)

    04/28/2016 10:04:36 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/28/2016
    On the mountain of transfiguration, the disciples were stunned by the breakthrough of the dazzling glory of Christ. What previously was veiled by His humanity, hidden from the sight of mortals, suddenly burst through the veil in translucent radiance. With but one glimpse, the disciples were paralyzed. They had but one consuming desire—to abide in that place, basking forever in the light of His countenance. Jesus would have none of it. As Lord of the church, He commanded His disciples to forget about pitching tents and sent them down the mountain and into the world. The day Christ died, those...
  • Catholic Caucus: Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter Lectionary: 288 [Daily Mass Readings,04-28-16]

    04/27/2016 9:51:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-28-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 28, 2016 Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:7-21 After much debate had taken place,Peter got up and said to the Apostles and the presbyters,“My brothers, you are well aware that from early daysGod made his choice among you that through my mouththe Gentiles would hear the word of the Gospel and believe.And God, who knows the heart,bore witness by granting them the Holy Spiritjust as he did us.He made no distinction between us and them,for by faith he purified their hearts.Why, then, are you now putting God to the testby placing on the...
  • The Worship of Angels? (Protestant/Evangelical Caucus&Devotional)

    04/27/2016 6:13:24 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/27/2016
    “When I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God’ ” (vv. 8b–9). - Revelation 22:8-9 Continuing our study of what the Bible says about angels, we need to look briefly at an interesting encounter between Joshua and “the commander of the army of the LORD” (Josh. 5:13–15). This commander visited Joshua just before...
  • The Resurrection: Motive for Service

    04/27/2016 5:47:48 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1997 | John McArthur
    “If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (1 Corinthians 15:32). The truth of the Resurrection is an incentive for believers to persevere in service for Jesus Christ. Certainly Paul’s statement in today’s verse is an extraordinary one, but it reiterates that the truth of Christ’s resurrection and the hope of believers’ resurrection are definite incentives for Christian service. It allows us to look more closely at what motivated Christians like Paul, and how we also should...
  • Are You Avoiding Persecution?

    04/27/2016 5:46:10 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace To You ^ | 1993 | John McArthur
    "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness" (Matt. 5:10). If you don’t experience persecution, people probably don’t know you’re a Christian. I heard of a man who was fearful because he was starting a new job with a group of unbelievers whom he thought might give him a bad time if they found out he was a Christian. After his first day at work his wife asked him how he got along with them. "We got along just fine," he said. "They never found out I'm a Christian." Silence is one way to avoid persecution....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-27-16

    04/26/2016 8:35:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-27-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 27, 2016 Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 15:1-6 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,you cannot be saved.”Because there arose no little dissension and debateby Paul and Barnabas with them,it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the othersshould go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbytersabout this question. They were sent on their journey by the Church,and passed through Phoenicia and Samariatelling of the conversion of the Gentiles,and brought great joy to all the brethren.When they arrived in...
  • You are Invited (Requiem Mass Mother Angelica)

    04/26/2016 11:20:30 AM PDT · by sockmonkey · 3 replies
    Quidnunc ^ | April 23 2016 | Sr Elizabeth
    Fr. Christopher Phillips will be celebrating a Month’s Mind Mass for the repose of the soul of Mother Angelica on the one month anniversary of her death. We hope you will join us in thanking God for her incredible life, and praying for the blessed repose of her soul.
  • Spirits Who Minister (Protestant Devotional and Caucus)

    04/26/2016 5:48:09 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Ligonier.Org ^ | 4/26/2016
    “To which of the angels has [God] ever said, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’? Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” - Hebrews 1:13-14 Worshiper, message-bearer, soldier—these are roles that are filled by angels. But there is one more angelic office given to us in Scripture that helps us understand the function of these beings. As Hebrews 1:13–14 indicates, angels are spirits that minister to the needs of God’s people. If we were to do a little...
  • Great and Holy Tuesday

    04/26/2016 5:15:30 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 04-24-2016 | Archimdrite Kirill (Pavlov)
    Holy Tuesday: the parable of the ten virgins. Modern Greek fresco. On Monday evening, Jesus Christ also tarried in Bethany, and on Tuesday morning he again came to the temple in Jerusalem and taught much in the both inside and outside the temple (Mt. 21:1). The high priests and elders heard His parables and understood that He was talking about them, and so they tried to catch Him and kill Him. However, they were afraid to take Him openly because the people revered Him as a prophet (Mt. 21:46), and were astonished at His doctrine (Mk. 11:18), and heard Him...
  • The Synaxarion for Great and Holy Tuesday

    04/26/2016 5:11:11 AM PDT · by NRx
    Synaxis Info ^ | Archpriest Victor Sokolov
    On Holy and Great Tuesday, we commemorate the parable of the ten virgins, because the Lord related this parable to His disciples as He was going toward Jerusalem to His Holy Passion.He told the parable of the ten virgins to call attention to almsgiving, at the same time teaching that every man must be ready before the end comes. He had spoken many times to them about chastity. Virginity is held in great honor, because it is indeed a great thing. Yet, lest anyone, while practicing this one virtue, neglect the others, and particularly love, by which the lamp of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-26-16

    04/25/2016 8:23:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-26-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 26, 2016 Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter Reading 1 Acts 14:19-28 In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconiumarrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city,supposing that he was dead.But when the disciples gathered around him,he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. After they had proclaimed the good news to that cityand made a considerable number of disciples,they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.They strengthened the spirits of the disciplesand exhorted them to persevere in...
  • Orthodox Holy Week: An Explanation

    04/25/2016 6:21:41 AM PDT · by NRx
    Orthodox Publications ^ | 2001 | Bishop Alexander Mileant
    The services of theHoly Week Lazarus SaturdayPalm SundayHoly and Great MondayHoly and Great TuesdayHoly and Great WednesdayHoly and Great ThursdayHoly and Great FridayHoly and Great Saturday Pascha Great Miracle on Orthodox Easter— the Holy Fire in Jerusalem:   Introduction AS WE APPROACH the solemn days of Holy Week, we bring to mind how our Lord Jesus Christ was betrayed and seized, tortured and crucified, died and was buried, and arose from the dead. The services of Holy Week beginning with Lazarus Saturday, show us in symbols, readings and chants the account of our Savior's love and sacrifice "unto death, even the death...
  • The Synaxarion for Great and Holy Monday

    04/25/2016 6:11:36 AM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Synaxis Info ^ | Archpriest Victor Sokolov
    On Holy and Great Monday we commemorate the blessed Joseph the All-comely and also the withered fig tree. Inasmuch as the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ has its beginning on this day, and as Joseph is regarded as an image of Christ from former times, he is thus set forth here. Joseph was the son of the Patriarch Jacob, born to him by Rachel. Being envied by his brethren on account of certain of his dreams, he was first concealed in a dug-out pit, and his father was tricked by a bloody garment and the deceit of his children...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-25-16, FEAST, St. Mark, Evangelist

    04/24/2016 7:27:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-25-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 25, 2016 Feast of Saint Mark, Evangelist Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14 Beloved: Clothe yourselves with humilityin your dealings with one another, for: God opposes the proudbut bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,that he may exalt you in due time.Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant.Your opponent the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lionlooking for someone to devour.Resist him, steadfast in faith,knowing that your brothers and sisters throughout the worldundergo the same sufferings.The God of all gracewho called you to...
  • The Resurrection: A Belief That Matters

    04/24/2016 10:04:09 AM PDT · by metmom · 9 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “How do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?” (1 Corinthians 15:12). Without the truth of bodily resurrection, the Christian faith would not make sense. Even though Paul and the other apostles made the resurrection of Christ and His followers from the dead a central part of the gospel message, some new Gentile converts (the Corinthians especially) had difficulty accepting the idea of bodily resurrection. That struggle resulted mainly from the effects of Greek dualism, which viewed the spiritual as inherently good and the physical as inherently bad. Under that belief, a physical resurrection was...
  • Christ Is Our Peace

    04/24/2016 10:02:50 AM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matt. 5:9). Christ’s atonement made it possible for man to be at peace with God. After World War II the United Nations was created to promote world peace. But since its inception in 1945 there has not been a single day of global peace. That's a sad commentary on man's inability to make peace. In fact, someone once quipped that Washington D.C. has so many peace monuments because they build one after every war! It hasn't always been that way. Prior to the Fall of man peace reigned...
  • Homily on Palm Sunday by St. Gregory Palamas

    04/24/2016 8:00:03 AM PDT · by NRx
    Mystagogy ^ | 04-24-2016 | St. Gregory Palamas
         In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee, said God through Isaiah (Is. 49:8). It is good today to speak these words of the apostle to your charity: Behold, now is the accepted time; behold now is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2). Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us work the works of light. Let us walk honestly as in the day (Rom. 13:12-13). The commemoration of Christ’s saving passion is at hand, and the new, great spiritual Passover, which is...
  • Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem - Palm Sunday

    04/24/2016 7:52:46 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Orthodox Church in America ^ | 04-24-2016 | OCA
    Palm Sunday Palm Sunday is the celebration of the triumphant entrance of Christ into the royal city of Jerusalem. He rode on a colt for which He Himself had sent, and He permitted the people to hail Him publicly as a king. A large crowd met Him in a manner befitting royalty, waving palm branches and placing their garments in His path. They greeted Him with these words: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel! (John 12:13). This day together with the raising of Lazarus are signs pointing beyond themselves...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 04-24-16, Fifth Sunday of Easter

    04/23/2016 7:30:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-16 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2016 Fifth Sunday of Easter Reading 1 Acts 14:21-27 After Paul and Barnabas had proclaimed the good newsto that cityand made a considerable number of disciples,they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.They strengthened the spirits of the disciplesand exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,“It is necessary for us to undergo many hardshipsto enter the kingdom of God.”They appointed elders for them in each church and,with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lordin whom they had put their faith.Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.After proclaiming the word at Perga they...
  • Bill Johnson;Experience Based Spirituality...Charismatic Post Mortem

    What do you get as a by-product of the previous fifty years of Apostasy as developed in the Charismatic World? You get Bill Johnson, Bethel Church and the Jesus Culture band!The following is a chapter from my recently revised book, BewareThe New Prophets-a Caution regarding the Prophetic Movement. . Chapter 8 Experienced Based Christianity What would you think of a Bible school that sends young people out to literally prostrate themselves on the graves of deceased preachers so that the students can absorb “the anointing” that lingers on the graves? What about a church in which a mist con- taining...