By Fr. James Honeycutt
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
—William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet,” Act II, Scene ii
By Fr. Mark Emroll
“And He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.” Luke 4:20
By Fr. Stratton Dorozenski
“When The Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord and one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4
By Fr. John Sakellariou
As we make our journey into Holy Week, we are often grabbed emotionally by the strong hymnology of the Orthodox Church. This hymnology in its beauty and starkness serves as an engine to allow our minds and hearts to sync up and focus on the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made for us.
By Fr. William Redmon
In a world full of “gentlemen’s clubs,” “strong language,” and “mature programming,” it seems we may have stretched linguistic elasticity close to the breaking point. Yet we would do well to remember that it is not the safety of our language that we hazard when we act so; rather it is our own. For in seeking to distort our language thus, we allow her to act as the vehicle through which the fallen world may broadcast its message.
By Fr. George Zervos
Today the Christ-Child, the Son of God, is born in Bethlehem, Judea. He's born to a holy young maiden named Mary. Nine months earlier she had conceived the Christ in a supernatural way by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:20). This silent miracle was the dawn of a new age for all mankind. A Savior was horn showing us the way to inheriting eternal life in God's Kingdom.
By Fr. Joseph Gingrich
The first man Adam, like all men, was created in the image and likeness of God. He was called to live as a priest in Paradise. All of creation was given to him as a free gift. In return Adam was to offer creation back to God in thanksgiving and love. Unfortunately Adam chose to eat the forbidden fruit and at that very moment he abandoned his priestly vocation, and distorted his image and likeness towards God. Adam, through his God gifted self-determination chose to be the first consumer and take God’s creation and use it for his own selfish gratification.
By Fr. Mark Sietsema
Our Holy Week doesn’t lack for bad guys: fickle crowds and Pharisees, centurions and Sadducees, Judas Iscariot and Pontius Pilate. What’s the point in picking on Thomas at the end of it all?
By Fr. Mark Sietsema
"Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life." Proverbs 4:23
Today, our Orthodox Church begins the Fast of the Nativity. This 40 day period, is a season for increased prayer and fasting as we prepare for the Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In an attempt to help our faithful of the Metropolis, prepare for this sacred event, in the midst of the holiday frenzy that besieges us, at this time of the year, the clergy of the Metropolis of Detroit, with the Blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, will offer “Daily Christmas Reflections” in preparation for the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. It is our prayer that these thoughts may help us all to grow closer to our Lord during this holy season.