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Psalm 104—The Psalm of Creation

Thu, 2020/09/17 - 11:30pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. O Lord, how manifold are Thy works! In wisdom has Thou made them all! Psalm 104:24 Psalm 104 can rightly be called “The...

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Do Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives?

Thu, 2020/09/17 - 6:28pm

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Follow Me

Thu, 2020/09/17 - 5:56pm

If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Have you ever had to say “no” to something? Maybe you can think of a time when you really wanted to do something, but you knew you shouldn’t. So, you said,...

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Legitimate Exercise

Thu, 2020/09/17 - 8:30am

Elder Iosif  Vatopaidinos   Whatever movement you make, starting with its conception and following through to the implementation, you have to examine all the time what God will take from it. Because that’s all that’ll remain; all the rest will be done away with. This is why we’re always telling...

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Psalm 102—A Prayer for Help, and an Answer that Sometimes Comes Through the Voice of Others

Wed, 2020/09/16 - 2:30pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to Thee! Do not hide Thy face from me in the day of my...

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In a strange manner

Wed, 2020/09/16 - 8:30am

Elder Efraim Vatopaidinos   Abbas Pimen had a wonderful saying: ‘Bind yourself to a man who fears God and you will have fear of God’. Who is it who really fears God? People who are without passions, are virtuous, sanctified, and constantly repenting. And how beneficial it is for us...

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Psalm 100—We are the Sheep of His Pasture

Tue, 2020/09/15 - 1:23pm

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Know that the Lord is God! It is He that made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep...

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The Exaltation of the Son of Man

Tue, 2020/09/15 - 8:30am

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   ‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up’. On the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Precious Cross, the Gospel reading is concerned, in the most realistic way, with eternal life. It contains a...

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Sermon on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy and Life-giving Cross

Mon, 2020/09/14 - 8:30am

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   On September 14, the whole of the Orthodox world rejoices as we celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: “Behold, through the cross joy has come to the world!” (Paschal prayer) Three historical events contributed to the establishment of this holiday: 1st.  The discovery of the wood...

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross

Mon, 2020/09/14 - 4:52am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. When the chief priests and the officers saw Him, they cried out, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves...

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Christ’s Discussion with Nicodemus – Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross

Sun, 2020/09/13 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Ioïl Yiannakopoulos   The Work of Redemption As were the Jews when they gazed upon the bronze serpent, so we, too, are cured when we see Christ crucified. Let’s investigate what this cross of Christ’s is, what its benefits are and what it teaches us. A) The cross. In...

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A Short Reading, a Succinct Summary

Sun, 2020/09/13 - 8:00am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Jesus said, “No one has ascended into heaven but He who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up...

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…so must the Son of Man be lifted up (John, 3, 14-16)

Sat, 2020/09/12 - 8:30am

Archimandrite Ioïl Yiannakopoulos   After His dialogue with Nicodemus, Christ embarks on a monologue on His own work of redemption, under three headings: revelation, redemption and judgement. In the Gospel of Saint John (3, 11), the Lord says: ‘In all truth, I say to you, we speak of what we...

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This is What Really Counts

Sat, 2020/09/12 - 8:00am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Saturday Before the Holy Cross See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who...

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The Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ Be With Your Spirit

Fri, 2020/09/11 - 3:11pm

Have you ever heard somebody say, “I wish you well” or “Take care”? Or maybe you have heard “Be well” or even “Have a nice day!” Sometimes we might give somebody a greeting when we say goodbye. In today’s epistle reading, we read a greeting that Saint Paul writes to...

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The Cook in Paradise

Fri, 2020/09/11 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   The lack of simplicity, sincerity and authenticity in relations between people leads to social hypocrisy, meretricious morality and formality and, at the same time, provokes adverse reactions among younger people. The problem is worse when there’s no simplicity even among so-called spiritual people. “When spiritual people...

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GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Fri, 2020/09/11 - 7:04am

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. GOD BLESS AMERICA!  And cause Thy whole nation and every tribe to know and understand that Thou art God, the God of all...

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It provoked a schism

Thu, 2020/09/10 - 8:30am

Elder Tadej Vitovničk   Humanity was united, but sin caused a breach among us and we no longer have this unity. This is why the Lord became human: in order to reconnect what had been broken asunder by sin. The angels in the Kingdom of God think alike and agree...

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Psalm 99—Praise to God

Thu, 2020/09/10 - 5:19am

Extol the Lord our God; worship at His footstool! Holy is He! Psalm 99:5 Today’s Scripture verse is chanted every Sunday morning during Orthros, another example of how we quote the Scriptures frequently in our services, particularly the Old Testament. Even though praise of God seems like a pretty basic part...

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How to pray

Wed, 2020/09/09 - 8:30am

Saint Cassian the Roman   If we were to ask some prominent citizen, not to save our life but simply to do us some small favor, would we not fix our gaze and our heart on him? Would we not literally ‘hang upon’ the expression of his face, with great...

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