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On the Nativity by Saint Leo the Great of Rome

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On the Nativity by Saint Leo the Great of Rome

I. All share in the joy of Christmas Our Saviour, dearly-beloved, was born today: let us be glad. For there is no proper place for sadness, when we keep the birthday of the Life, which destroys the fear of mortality and brings to us the joy of promised eternity. No one is kept from sharing […]

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On the Incarnation or becoming Man of the Son of God

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On the Incarnation or becoming Man of the Son of God

1. THE MYSTERY OF THE INCARNATION. God who is all-powerful could have liberated the human race from the hands of the Devil by a single command. Had he done that, however, we would have known only his All-powerfulness, which we already knew. We would not have known his Compassion and Love in spite of the […]

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The Orthodox Celebration of Christmas

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The Orthodox Celebration of Christmas

Preamble: In a few days we will celebrate the great Feast of the Christian world, the Feast of Christmas. The Church will bring once again before the eyes of our soul the event of the birth of the Lord and will summon us to venerate together with the shepherds and the magi the newly-born King […]

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The Christmas sermon of Saint Gregory the Theologian

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The Christmas sermon of Saint Gregory the Theologian

I. Let us Celebrate Christmas. Christ is born; glorify Him. Christ from heaven; go out to meet Him. Christ on earth; be exalted. Sing unto the Lord all the earth (Ps. 96:1,11); and (to join both in one word) Let the heavens rejoice; and let the earth be glad for Him Who is of heaven […]

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Great blessing of the Water and the tossing of the Holy Cross into the sea

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Great blessing of the Water and the tossing of the Holy Cross into the sea

The service of the great blessing of the waters and the tossing of the Holy Cross into the sea in Hong Kong (January 2011)     “Today earth and sea share the joy of the world, and the world has been filled with gladness.” (Prayer of Patriarch Sophronios of Jerusalem from the Great Blessing of […]

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The Gift of Christmas

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The Gift of Christmas

The Christmas season is such a beautiful time of the year. Lights, candles, and cutout snowflakes begin to decorate our city’s streets. People begin to adorn their homes with the colors of red and green, wreaths, candles, and dazzling arrays of lights. These decorations even spill into our schools and businesses. That’s the Christmas season! […]

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Christmas Holiday Services Schedule (St.Luke Orthodox Cathedral,Hong Kong)

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Christmas Holiday Services Schedule (St.Luke Orthodox Cathedral,Hong Kong)

Christmas Holiday Services Schedule Saint Luke Orthodox Cathedral, Hong Kong (704 Universal Trade Center, 3 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong  Tel: (+852) 25738328)   Note: All the Services will be held at Saint Luke’s Orthodox Cathedral. The Service of the throwing of the Holy Cross into the sea will be held at Blake Pier, Stanley) […]

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The symbolisms of the Orthodox Icon of Nativity

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The symbolisms of the Orthodox Icon of Nativity

1. The Cave. Due to sin, many of us struggle with doubt or disbelief. This cave represents our struggle. The Cave represents the world, dark with sin through man’s fault. It is now illuminated by the Light of the Incarnation. Within this cave, Christ, “the Sun of Truth”, enters into the world He created for […]

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The Nativity Discourse of St.Gregory the Wonderworker

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The Nativity Discourse of St.Gregory the Wonderworker

We behold now a great and wondrous mystery. Shepherds with cries of joy come forth as messengers to the sons of mankind, not on their hilly pastures with their flocks conversing and not in the field with their sheep frolicking, but rather in the city of David Bethlehem spiritual songs exclaiming. In the highest sing […]

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Why did God Become Man? The answer of St.Athanasios

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Why did God Become Man? The answer of St.Athanasios

  INTRODUCTION “God became man that we may become gods” (St. Athanasios). The Incarnation of God is the foundation of the Christian faith. Christ is the Son and Logos (Word) of God who became man. He is not a man who became god, nor a man who stands in a unique and perfect relation with […]

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The Christmas Tree and Orthodox Tradition

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The Christmas Tree and Orthodox Tradition

I suspect that the custom of decorating a tree at Christmas time is not simply a custom which came to us from the West and which we should replace with other more Orthodox customs. To be sure, I have not gone into the history of the Christmas tree and where it originated, but I think […]

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