Reflections in Christ

by Fr. Steven Kostoff

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…

Sitting at the feet of Jesus

Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “legion;” for many demons had entered him.  And they begged Him not to command…

Delighting in God’s creation!

From my personal—and, admittedly, “subjective”—perspective, there is nothing quite like the fall among the four seasons.  For me, this season’s…

Moving beyond mere belief

I recently came across this very intriguing text that I wanted to share:  “I knew you that you existed but did not believe it was so…