Author : Fr Gregory Jensen

Together with my wife Mary, I entered the Orthodox Church on the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (15 August) in 1991. On the feast of st Nicholas (6 December 1996) I was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan MAXIMOS at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA.

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April 14, 2017: Vespers of the Disposition Nicodemus. Joseph Of Arimathea. The Myrrh-bearing Women. Mary Magdalene. Because they love Jesus, all of these find the courage to defy both the Roman Empire and the Jewish authorities. It is this love that causes them to bury the body of Jesus and so openly bear witness to their love for Jesus. God …

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For Christians, the decoration of the graves of our loved one flows naturally from the veneration we show to the Tomb of Christ. In both cases, we honor not simply the life of a loved one but bear witness to our conviction that death has been overcome “and joy has come into all the world.”

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Judas had everything but gave nothing. We need to learn from his example. Our salvation hinges on our free responses to God’s love. Don’t be Judas! Give yourself to God as fully as you are able in each moment of your life. Do this and you will be saved.

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Today at the Mystical Supper we see in the lives of the disciples a revelation of what will in a few days be true for all of us, all humanity and for the whole creation.

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It is only through knowing the love of God and forgiveness of God that any of us can hope to bear the burden of our own sinfulness.

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April 10, 2017: Matins, Holy Tuesday Behold, the Bridegroom comes in the middle of the night, and blessed is the servant He shall find vigilant; but unworthy is he whom he shall find neglectful. Beware therefore, O my soul, lest you be weighed down by sleep, lest you be given over to death and be closed out from the kingdom; …

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April 9, 2017: Matins for Holy Monday St Maximus the Confessor talks about three incarnations of the God the Son. The first, and most important, is the incarnation of the Son in the womb of the Virgin Mary. It is this event that we usually what we mean when we talk about the incarnation. The second incarnation is in the …

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Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Today he returns from Bethany and proceeds of his own free will toward his holy and blessed passion, to consummate the mystery of our salvation. He who came down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin, to raise us with himself, we are told in …

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Both Augustine and Chrysostom take pains to remind us of both Jesus’ divinity and humanity. They both likewise are concerned that our awe at His divinity does not overwhelm the intimacy we have with Jesus in His humanity. If we are to be saved, both of Christ’s natures are needed. Necessary as well are our two responses to God becoming flesh and dwelling among us–awe and friendship.

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Bet nobody saw this coming. Pope Francis has, perhaps inadvertently, made the moral case for tax cuts. He is right that European Union governments should have aim to expand opportunity for all, so that everyone has the chance to lift himself out of poverty and provide for a family. Their failure to do so, the massive unemployment and even higher …

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