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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

And he said to them, ‘I have earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you I shall not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’ And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, ‘Take this, and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And likewise the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” (Lk 22: 15-20)

This passage tells me first and foremost about the Holy Eucharist, that special kind of “meal” we share, as Church, on s...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Priest (in a low voice): “…Again, we offer You this spiritual worship (τὴν λογικὴν ταύτην λατρείαν, словесную сию службу) for those who have reposed in the faith: forefathers, fathers, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, preachers, evangelists, martyrs, confessors, ascetics, and for every righteous spirit made perfect in faith”; (aloud) “Especially (Ἐξαιρέτως, Изрядно) for our most holy, pure, blessed, and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary.” (Eucharistic Prayer, Byzantine Divine Liturgy)

We don’t only pray “to” the saints; we also pray “for” them, in the Eucharist. How am I to understand this puzzling fact? What is “accomplished,” if I can put it that way, by such prayer?

First of all, we “offer” for the saints, by “remembering” them, as an expression of our gratitude for them. B...

Friday, January 13, 2017

One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, ‘Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.’ And he said to Jesus, ‘Remember me, Lord, when you come into your kingdom.’ And he said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’” (Lk 23: 39-43)

So the penitent thief – a grave sinner and a criminal, – is capable of speaking the truth to another criminal, and even of a profession of faith, connected with a prayerful request. He is not silenced in his tragic place, of “receiving the due reward” of his deeds.

Let me not be silent, when I fi...

Sunday, October 2, 2016

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.’ And they remembered his words…” (Lk 24: 1-8)

Jesus did, indeed, predict His death and resurrection many times (e.g., Lk 18: 32-33). This was common knowledge even to the scri...

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