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 WEEKLY DIOCESAN BULLETIN

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost:
The Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils;
The Holy Martyrs Emilian and Hyacinth

RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE FIVE:
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit; born for our salvation from the Virgin.  For He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.

TROPARION TO THE FATHERS OF THE ECUMENICAL COUNCILS - TONE EIGHT:
You are most glorious, O Christ our God.  You have established the Holy Fathers as lights on the earth.  Through them You have guided us to the true faith.  O greatly Compassionate One, glory to You!

RESURRECTIONAL KONTAKION - TONE FIVE:
You descended into hell, O my Savior, shattering its gates as Almighty; resurrecting the dead as Creator, and destroying the sting of death.  You have delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Mankind, and we all cry to You: O Lord, save us!

KONTAKION TO THE FATHERS OF THE ECUMENICAL COUNCILS - TONE EIGHT:
The apostles’ preaching and the fathers’ doctrines have established one faith for the Church.  Adorned with the robe of truth, woven from heavenly theology, it defines and glorifies the great mystery of piety.

HYMN TO THE MOTHER OF GOD - TONE SIX:
Steadfast Protectress of Christians and constant advocate before the Creator, do not despise the cry of us sinners; but in your goodness come speedily to help us who call on you in faith.  Hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for you always protect those who honor you!

EPISTLE READING

The Prokimenon in the 4th Tone:
Blessed are You, O Lord God of our Fathers and praised and glorified is Your Name forever.

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Romans 12: 6-14 
Brethren, having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:  if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.  Let love be without hypocrisy.  Abhor what is evil.  Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

For the Fathers of the Councils: Hebrews 13:7-16
Brethren, remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines.  For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.  We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.  For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp.  Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.  For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.  Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.  But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 

The Alleluia Verses:
The God of gods, the Lord, has spoken and He has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.  Gather together unto Him His holy ones who have established His covenant upon sacrifices.

GOSPEL READINGS

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Matthew 9: 1-8
At that time, Jesus got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.  Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed.  When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”  And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”  But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?  For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?  But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” - then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”  And he arose and departed to his house.  Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

For the Fathers of the Councils: John 17: 1-13
At that time, Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come.  Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  I have glorified You on the earth.  I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.  And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had before the world was.  I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world.  They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.  Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.  For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.  I pray for them.  I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.  And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.  Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You.  Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name.  Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.  But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves."   

From The Prologue
For July 18/31 by St. Nikolai Velimirovic:

The Holy Martyr Emilian
During the reign of Julian the Apostate, in the Thracian town of Dorostolon, there lived a young man, Emilian, a servant of the local eparch. When the apostate emperor attempted to destroy Christianity throughout the Roman Empire by fire and sword, his representative came to Dorostolon to kill the Christians, but he did not find a single one. Rejoicing at this, he sponsored a great banquet for the citizens of Dorostolon, and ordered sacrifices to be offered to the idols. The pagan revelry ensued, day and night, throughout the town. That night, St. Emilian roamed the pagan temples, markets and streets of the town, and smashed all of the idols with a sledgehammer. The next day there was great fear in the city. Everyone sought the destroyer of their gods. A peasant passing by the temple that morning was seized. Emilian, seeing that an innocent man would suffer, said to himself: “If I conceal my works, what benefit would I receive from that which I did? Would I not be found before God to be the murderer of that innocent man?” Therefore, he appeared before the emperor’s legate and admitted all. The enraged legate questioned Emilian, asking who had prompted him to do what he had done. The martyr of Christ replied: “God and my soul ordered me to destroy those lifeless pillars that you call gods.” The judge then ordered that Emilian be flogged—and, after flogging and other tortures, ordered him to be burned with fire. Thus ended the earthly life of St. Emilian. He was received into the heavenly life on July 18, 362.

The Venerable Pambo
Pambo was an Egyptian and an ascetic on Mount Nitria. He was a contemporary of St. Anthony the Great, and was himself great in monastic asceticism. He was known particularly for two characteristics: through long training he sealed his lips so that he did not speak one unnecessary word; and he never ate bread except that which he earned with his own hands by weaving reeds. He was like an angel of God and, in later years, his face shone like the face of Moses once did—so much so that the monks were unable to look him in the face. He never gave a quick reply, even to a simple question, without first praying about it and contemplating it in his heart. Patriarch Theophilus of Alexandria once visited the monks in Nitria. The monks begged Pambo, saying: “Give the patriarch an edifying word, which would be of benefit to him.” The quiet Pambo replied: “If he does not benefit by my silence, he will not benefit by my word.” Once, St. Pambo traveled throughout Egypt with his monks. They came upon a group of men who remained seated as the monks passed by. St. Pambo addressed them and said: “Arise and greet the monks, that you may receive a blessing from them; for they continually converse with God and their lips are holy.” This glorious saint was able to clearly discern the destiny of both the living and the dead. He reposed in the Lord in the year 386.

The Venerable Paisius and Isaiah
Paisius and Isaiah were brothers of a wealthy family, and were both monks. One became a saint because of his asceticism in the wilderness, and the other because of his works of mercy toward men. St. Pambo saw them both in Paradise. This settled a dispute among the monks concerning the question: Which is better—asceticism and a life of rigorous self-denial, or corporal works of mercy? Both of them lead to Paradise, when performed in the name of Christ.

The Venerable John the Much-suffering
John was a recluse in St. Anthony’s Monastery of the Kiev Caves. For thirty years he was tormented by lustful passions, which he ceaselessly struggled against—until finally he conquered them with God’s help, through touching the relics of St. Moses the Ugrian (July 26). Having conquered impure passion, St. John was infused with an inward heavenly light by which he could see at night as though it were day.

HYMN OF PRAISE: Saint Pambo
The monks asked Pambo the Blessed:
“Is it good, Father, to praise your neighbor?”
Pambo was silent, then to the brethren replied:
“It is good to praise but it is better to remain silent.”
And again they asked Pambo: “And who is perfect?”
“One who denies his own will, for the sake of God’s will.”
The monks were silent, until one spoke:
“Do not deny us one more reply:
What kind of garment should a monk have?”
“The kind you throw away and no one takes—”
Thus spoke the saint, then closed his mouth;
He guarded his tongue so as not to speak needlessly.
Pambo, all radiant at the hour of his death,
When asked about his life, uttered this:
“I never ate bread I did not earn,
Nor has my soul repented of a single word.”

REFLECTION
Which is more pleasing to God: a life of asceticism in the wilderness, or works of mercy? Men of prayer in the wilderness think that a man, living among men, will find it difficult to safeguard the purity of the heart and to direct his mind toward God—no matter how many good works he performs. Yet those who do good works among men say that the man in the wilderness is totally occupied with his own salvation, and does not help in the salvation of others. Two Egyptian brothers, Paisius and Isaiah, inherited a great estate from their parents. They sold the estate, and each took his share of the money. One of them immediately distributed his money to the poor, became a monk, and withdrew into the desert to lead a life of strict asceticism—that through patience, fasting, prayer and purifying his mind from all evil thoughts, he might save his soul. The other brother also became a monk, but did not go to the desert. Instead, he built a small monastery near the town, with a hospital for the sick, a public refectory for the needy and a resting place for the sorrowful. He dedicated himself entirely to the service of his fellow men. When both brothers died, a dispute ensued among the monks of Egypt: which of the two fulfilled the Law of Christ? Unable to agree among themselves, they came to St. Pambo and questioned him about this. St. Pambo replied: “Both are perfect before God: the hospitable one is like the hospitable Abraham, and the ascetic is like Elias the Prophet—both of whom were equally pleasing to God.” Yet not all the monks were satisfied with this response. Then St. Pambo prayed to God to reveal the truth to him. After praying for several days, he said to the monks: “Before God I tell you that I saw both brothers, Paisius and Isaiah, together in Paradise.” With this, the dispute was settled and all were satisfied.

CONTEMPLATION
Contemplate the miraculous experience of Balaam (Numbers 22):

1. How Balaam came to prophesy to Balak, the prince of the Moabites;
2. How an angel appeared on the road with a sword and prevented Balaam from advancing;
3. How the ass saw the angel before Balaam did, and spoke to his master.

HOMILY on the remembrance of the imminent putting off of the body
Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me (II Peter 1:13–14).
Here is a good reminder to lovers of the body who, because of their bodies, forget their souls. The body must be cast off from us. No matter how dear we hold it to be, no matter how many precious adornments we hang upon it, no matter how much we caress and pamper it, we must cast it off one day. Oh, how powerful and truthful are the words “cast it off!” When the soul is separated from the body, the soul casts the body off as something no longer necessary. When shipwrecked men reach the shore on a board, they step onto the shore and cast away the board. When spring blossoms, the serpent sheds its skin and casts it off. When a butterfly wings its way out of the cocoon, the cocoon is cast off. In the same manner, the body is cast off when the soul departs from it. No longer of use and without benefit, and even harmful to other men, it is cast out of the house, cast out of the city, cast from the sight of the sun, and is buried deep in the ground. Think about this, you who live in luxury and adorn your bodies; you who are haughty and gluttonous!
As long as the soul is in the body, it should utilize the body for its salvation, submitting to the Law of God and performing the works of God. Do you see how the apostolic soul is a lover of labor? As long as I am in this tabernacle to stir you up. This task was given to him by God. He wants to conscientiously complete it to the end before he must put off his body. Brethren, let us labor—first to embrace the apostolic warning; and second, to remind others, all others whom we wish well. We are rapidly approaching the shore of the other world; and the hour swiftly approaches when we must cast off our bodies and, with a naked soul, appear before the Judgment of God. What will we say at the Dread Judgment Seat of God? For what goals will we have used that thing of the earth, the body?
O Lord Jesus, Righteous Judge, direct our minds to think of death and judgment.
To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.

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WEEKLY DIOCESAN BULLETIN

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost:
Holy Great-martyr Euphemia the All-praised;
Blessed Olga, Princess of Russia


RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE FOUR:
When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of Your Resurrection, they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles: Death is overthrown!  Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy!

TROPARION TO SAINT EUPHEMIA - TONE THREE:
You brought joy to the Orthodox and shame to the defenders of heresy, for you confirmed what the Fathers of the Fourth Council had correctly taught.  Glorious martyr Euphemia, fair virgin of Christ, entreat Christ God to grant us His great mercy.

RESURRECTIONAL KONTAKION - TONE FOUR:
My Savior and Redeemer as God rose from the tomb and delivered the earthborn from their chains.  He has shattered the gates of hell, and as Master, He has risen on the third day!

KONTAKION TO SAINT EUPHEMIA - TONE TWO:
For the sake of Christ your Bridegroom you underwent struggles in both martyrdom and faith.  Now intercede with the Mother of God that heresies and the insolent enemies of the Orthodox be placed underfoot.  You received and guarded that which was defined by the six hundred and thirty God-bearing Fathers, all-praised Euphemia.

HYMN TO THE MOTHER OF GOD - TONE SIX:
Steadfast Protectress of Christians and constant advocate before the Creator, do not despise the cry of us sinners; but in your goodness come speedily to help us who call on you in faith.  Hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for you always protect those who honor you!

EPISTLE READING

The Prokimenon in the 4th Tone:
O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all.

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: Romans 10: 1-10
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.  For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.  For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.  For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.”  But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, “’Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).  But what does it say?  “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

The Alleluia Verses:
Go forth and prosper and reign, because of truth and meekness and righteousness.  You love righteousness and hate iniquity.

GOSPEL READING

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: Matthew 8: 28 – 9: 1
At that time, when Jesus had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.  And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God?  Have You come here to torment us before the time?”  Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding.  So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.”  And He said to them, “Go.”  So when they had come out they went into the herd of swine.  And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water. Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men.  And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus.  And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.  So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.

FROM THE PROLOGUE
For July 11/24 by St. Nikolai Velimirovic:
The Holy Great-martyr Euphemia
St. Euphemia is commemorated on September 16, the day on which she suffered. On this day is commemorated the miracle-working power of her honorable relics, which was manifested at the time of the Fourth Ecumenical Council in Chalcedon. This Council was convened during the reign of Emperor Marcian and Empress Pulcheria in the year 451, after the death of Emperor Theodosius the Younger. The reason for summoning this Council was the heresy of Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria, and Eutyches, an archimandrite from Constantinople who had spread the false teaching that in Christ the Lord there are not two natures, divine and human, but only a Divine Nature. At this Council, the most prominent roles were played by Anatolius, Patriarch of Constantinople, and Juvenal, Patriarch of Jerusalem. Because a decision could not be reached through debates and testimonies from both sides, Patriarch Anatolius proposed that the Orthodox and the heretics each write down their confession of faith, and that they then be placed into the coffin where the relics of St. Euphemia lay. They all agreed to this. Therefore, the two confessions of faith were written and placed on the bosom of the great-martyr. The coffin was closed and sealed with the emperor’s seal, and soldiers were commanded to watch over it. All the members of the Council then spent three days in prayer and fasting. When they opened the coffin on the fourth day, they found the Orthodox Confession of Faith in the right hand of the saint and the heretical one under her feet. Thus, by the power of God, the dispute was decided in favor of Orthodoxy. During the reign of Emperor Heraclius, the relics of St. Euphemia were translated from Chalcedon to Constantinople, to the church dedicated to her near the Hippodrome. The iconoclastic Emperor Leo the Isaurian ordered that these relics be thrown into the sea, but the coffin was miraculously transported to the island of Lemnos and was placed in the Church of the Holy Martyr Glyceria. Then, during the reign of the Empress Irene, the coffin with the relics of St. Euphemia was returned to Constantinople, to its former place. From time to time, blood has flowed from St. Euphemia’s relics, to the help those who are ill or in misery.

Saint Helena [Olga]
Helena was a great Russian princess, the wife of Prince Igor, whose name before baptism was Olga. She was baptized by Patriarch Polyeuctus in Constantinople and was very zealous for the Orthodox Faith in Russia. She entered into eternal rest in the year 969.

The Venerable Martyr Nicodemus
Nicodemus was born in Elbasan [in Albania] and was married and had children. Deceived by the Turks, he embraced Islam and forced his children to do likewise, with the exception of one son who fled to Mount Athos, where he was tonsured a monk. Nicodemus traveled to Mount Athos to retrieve his son, but the Holy Mountain made such an impression on him that he repented and returned to the Christian Faith, and was tonsured a monk. For three years he mourned over his apostasy, then he finally decided to return to Albania to atone for his sin in the place where he had committed it. Thus he returned and declared openly that he was a Christian, and the Turks beheaded him on July 11, 1722. His wonderworking relics lie, even today, intact and incorrupt.

The Venerable Martyr Nectarius
Nectarius was born in Vryoulla, in Asia Minor. At age seventeen he was forced to embrace Islam. His fate was similar to that of St. Nicodemus. When he appeared before his mother as a Moslem, she cried out: “Depart from me! I know you not. I bore you as a Christian, not as a Moslem.” He repented bitterly and went to the Holy Mountain. There, in the Skete of St. Anna, he was tonsured a monk. Deciding to suffer for Christ—and thereby to wash away his sin—he returned to Vryoulla, where he suffered martyrdom. He was beheaded for Christ by the Turks in his place of birth, on July 11, 1820, at the age of twenty-one.

HYMN OF PRAISE: Saint Olga, Saint Nicodemus, and Saint Nectarius

God loves penitents:
He suffered for them.

Even now, He beckons sinners
To repentance.

Olga was a penitent,
Born to true life by baptism,
And she liberated the Russian people
From darkness, by the Cross.

And Nicodemus from Elbasan
Turned away from Christ,
But repented and returned—
And paid for sin with blood.

From Asia, Nectarius,
A flower not yet ripened,
In ignorance turned to Islam
And saddened the angels.

But then, repenting and in sorrow,
Gushed forth with streams of tears,
And loved death more than life,
Even a painful death, he loved.

He removed the Moslem turban,
And set it before the terrible judge.

St. Nectarius’s head was taken
For the Honorable Cross.

Christ loves penitents
And will always love them.

Who is so dear to Christ
As a repentant man?

REFLECTION
A change of fortune strikes the hardest when it strikes unexpectedly. But to him who anticipates the blow and guards himself against it beforehand, can it be unexpected? The Emperor Charlemagne ordered his sons to learn a trade and his daughters to learn to spin wool, so that they would be able to earn a living, should their fortunes change. The famous and renowned Belisarius, a great general and a great conqueror, was slandered before the king by envious men, and on the basis of these slanders he was blinded and his estate was taken away from him. The blind Belisarius sat before the gates of Rome and begged for alms, saying to passers-by: “Give alms to Belisarius, whom fortune raised on high but envy struck down, depriving him of his sight!” The righteous Job said: Is not a man’s life on earth a trial? Are not his days as those of a hireling? (Job 7:1). Therefore, one must be as a watchful guard and be prepared for all that may happen. What is there that cannot happen to a man? Yet in every suffering one must have hope in God. Covered with festering sores and seated in his humiliation upon a dunghill, the righteous Job cried out: Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him! (Job 13:15).

CONTEMPLATION
Contemplate the miraculous illumination of the face of Moses (Exodus 34):
1. How, after his conversation with God on Mount Sinai, the face of Moses shone with brilliant light;
2. How the people saw, and dared not approach Moses, and he placed a veil over his face;
3. How, through sincere prayer and communication with God, the face of a God-pleaser is illuminated.

HOMILY on obedience and humility

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility (I Peter 5:5).
Here is the principle of the true conciliarity (sobornost) of Orthodoxy! It is based on the unconditional obedience of the younger toward the older, on reciprocal obedience of equals among themselves, and on the humility of both the older and the younger. “Lowliness” is a good word, but better is the word “humility,” and the best is “humility of wisdom.” Humility of wisdom corresponds exactly to the Greek word which the apostle used in his epistle. Humility of wisdom signifies thinking of oneself as lowly and of God as exalted, constantly acknowledging one’s helplessness, ignorance, wickedness and unworthiness, and constantly acknowledging the power, wisdom, mercy and dignity of God.
God is the only King of mankind. That is why He opposed the wishes of the Israelites that a king be appointed for them from among the people. God rules, and the people serve God. Those who are in authority and those who submit are equally the servants of God. When it is known and recognized that God is King and that all men are servants of God, then the foundation of conciliarity is established—the foundation of the angelic society. Upon this foundation, then, the house of God, the angelic society, is built, with the help of the obedience of the younger toward the elder, the reciprocal obedience of peers among themselves, and the humility of wisdom of all. In this manner, two terrible evils in the world are avoided: tyranny, wherein one rules many by force, and anarchy or mob rule.
The principle of conciliarity is an organic principle, a living principle. It is the principle of mutual service, mutual help, and mutual love. Brethren, may God endow us with wisdom to avail ourselves of this saving principle.
O Lord Jesus, obedient and humble Lover of mankind, plant and confirm in us obedience to Thy law, mutual obedience out of love, and humility of wisdom before Thine unutterable power and wisdom.
To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.



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"Participation in God" in the Theological Anthropology of St Gregory Nazianzen and St Maximus the Confessor
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A three-part slideshow that answers the question, "What is Orthodox Christianity?" by emphasizing the prayer of the heart, watchfulness, and the Holy Mysteries that set Orthodox Christianity apart from other Christian confessions.

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