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The Gospel of John 1:35-52 - Jesus' 12 Apostles and the Symbolism of the Fig Tree.

The Gospel reading of John 1:35-52 represents the 2nd day in a sequence of events leading to the gathering of Jesus’ 12 Apostles.  The 1st day is marked by John the Baptist providing testimony (John 1:29-35) that Jesus Christ was the Son of God by saying that he personally saw the Holy Spirit descend and remain on Jesus at His Baptism (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22).   923 more words


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Great-martyr Stephen-Urosh III of Dechani, Serbia (1331) (Serbia).
And St. Martin the Merciful, bishop of Tours (397).

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Empathy and Love

I am an Orthodox Christian. I try to live my faith, to understand and to practice it. It is not only a philosophy, but an absolutist way to be which integrates the world and gives meaning to it. 488 more words


Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall...

…What am I supposed to do with this all?

St. Vladimir’s Seminary is a challenging environment, and yet as I step back and think about why I’m here, I am inspired and motivated to continue and finish strong. 856 more words


Christmas Play based on Scripture suitable for all age groups

Below is a link to a Christmas Play that is suitable for all age groups in your Parish Catechism program and is based almost entirely on Scripture with simple costuming and staging.  83 more words


The Gospel of Luke 12:16-21 - The Parable of the Rich Man and the Abundant Crop.

The parable of the rich man and the abundant crop (Luke 12:16-21) is preceded in scripture by a man who approached Jesus for His opinion regarding his share of a family inheritance (Luke 12:13-15). 787 more words