Reflections in Christ

by Fr. Steven Kostoff

The Cross and the Resurrection

In the Orthodox Church, the Cross and Resurrection of the Lord are bound together in a unified mystery, though they remain…

Continuing our lenten journey

O holy and honored Trinity, as we now enter upon the third week of the Fast, keep us safe from harm and condemnation.  Enable…

The power of humility

In the Orthodox Church, the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee [Luke 18:10-14) is the first of a cycle of appointed Gospel readings that…

Sanctifying Time

In the Service of Prayer for the New Year, we offer the following prayerful petitions to God…

Accepting the Lord’s invitation

Within the Orthodox Church, the Sunday between December 11-17 is called, simply enough, the “Second Sunday Before…

Reclaiming Christmas!

Not long ago, I ran across a copy of my granddaughter Nadia’s edition of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”—a book that she had thoroughly enjoyed when she was…

The Remembrance of Death

In the Orthodox Prayer Book under the heading “Before Sleep,” we find “A Prayer of Saint John of Damascus, said pointing at the bed.”  This particular prayer begins…