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August 29, 2004

These days the idea of “centering” ourselves—our spiritual life, our prayer, the way we live our lives—has become a popular concern. People join helpful groups and learn to meditate; they learn to remove from their consciousness...

February 1, 2004

We human beings are communicators. We communicate with each other and, at our best, we explore paths of communication with God. For most of us, words are the tools, the means by which we communicate. This is not to say that visual...

August 11, 2002

The voice of the Lord is over the waters...[Psalm 29] Pentecost is a time of explanation, a time of gradual but astounding revelation. The readings for this season try to explain to the people of God who have been redeemed by the...

August 19, 2001

We human beings are stubborn. We may understand, or at least we may have heard, that we are God's people and that our promise of salvation, of redemption, was purchased at great price. A price that was so great, God's sacrifice of his...

June 10, 2001

Trinity Sunday celebrates the union for all time of God and God's people. It is the day when the fullness of God's presence in all aspects of the life of God's people is recognized and lifted up. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition of...

April 1, 2001

Everything that is read in today's liturgy contains, in some ways, a warning and a promise. We certainly know that all of Lent has been a preparation for the momentous events of Holy Week and Easter. But when the date of Easter--and the...

January 7, 2001

[This year, the First Sunday after Epiphany (Epiphany 1) falls on the day after the official feast of the Epiphany (Saturday, January 6). Many parishes will choose to celebrate Epiphany on Sunday. Lessons cited here are those specified...