Ordination

Ordination During His ministry Jesus appointed the twelve Apostles to continue his work. As eye witnesses of the Death and Resurrection of Christ they became confessors of the Truth of the Gospel. The Apostles were sent to proclaim the Gospel through preaching, teaching, bearing witness to the Kingdom of God, and through miracles in the Holy Spirit. “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give” (Mt 10:7-8). The Apostles were not just conveying Christ’s teachings and preserving [...]

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Holy Unction

Holy Unction The mystery of Holy Unction or the Sacrament of the Anointing of the sick is also called euchelaeon and means “blessed oil.” This sacrament is the Church’s specific prayer for healing. When we are ill and in pain, this can very often be a time of life when we feel alone and isolated. Holy Unction reminds us that when we are in pain, either physical, emotional, or spiritual, Christ is present with us through the ministry of His Church. He is among us to offer strength to meet the challenges of life, and even the approach of death. [...]

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Confession

Confession Throughout our lives we strive to follow the teachings of Christ and the Church. We are called to be ‘God-like’ and to follow the example that Jesus set before us. Yet so often we find ourselves giving into temptation and falling into sin which causes a separation in our relationship with God. The Church, in her wisdom, provides us a guide – a Spiritual Father to help us navigate our way back to God through the sacrament of Holy Confession with Repentance. The gift of God’s forgiveness is given to us in the Sacrament of Confession. Christ gave his [...]

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Holy Matrimony

Holy Matrimony Marriage is a sacrament of the Church through which the union of man and woman is blessed by God. That Jesus chose a wedding to enact His first earthly miracle is the most profound indication of the dignity attributed to the union of man and woman by God. The primary purpose of marriage is to unite two people into a communion of love for their mutual companionship and as an aid to theosis, or sanctification, being the attainment of the Eternal Kingdom. As read by the priest at the end of the service “take their Crowns unto Your [...]

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Holy Eucharist

Holy Eucharist In the Orthodox Church, the faithful gather together at the Divine Liturgy as one community, to pray, to read the Holy Scriptures, to proclaim God’s word, and to remember Christ and His all saving passion, death and resurrection. The culmination of the Divine Liturgy is the sacrament of the Eucharist, which is also known as Holy Communion. ‘Eucharist’ in Greek means thanksgiving. We thank God for all that He has done in making, saving and glorifying the world. The Eucharist is offered every Sunday (the Day of the Lord), as well as on Feast days and at the [...]

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