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How can we begin the new year with a focus on Christ?

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week: Beginning of the Church Year (Commemorated September 1st) How can we begin the new year with a focus on Christ? “Do you know why the first day of September marks the beginning of the Church year? We are accustomed to think of January 1st as the beginning of the year. But the tradition of computing the start of a new year with autumn was

If We Want to See God, Where Do We Begin?

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – If We Want to See God, Where Do We Begin? “…the basic human problem is that we do not see God. In fact, most people cannot see God but can only seek Him. This is because our eyes (both physical and the eyes of our souls) are earthly, they are trained to see, to think about and to contemplate only physical things and

The Importance of the Lives of the Saints for our Spiritual Lives 

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – The Importance of the Lives of the Saints for our Spiritual Lives  “…I spoke recently to an Orthodox priest who had converted to Orthodoxy from Protestantism. He told me that, when he was received into the Church, the officiating priest told him: “You will never be truly Orthodox without reading the Lives of the Saints.” Later, when he himself became a

How to Survive and Remain Yourself in “A Brave New World”

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week: How to Survive and Remain Yourself in “A Brave New World” “…Truly now the revision of our lives is necessary as never before, and the most important things should come to the foreground or maybe become the only thing that matters most. Noah built the Ark at the command of God and his family was saved from the Flood in it. Now we

What is this memory of God? It is the very thing of which Saint Gregory the Theologian said: “It is more important to remember God than to breathe…” Archimandrite Athanasios Mitilinaios

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week: What is this memory of God? It is the very thing of which Saint Gregory the Theologian said: “It is more important to remember God than to breathe…” Archimandrite Athanasios Mitilinaios “So the remembrance of God strengthens our belief in His providence and in His guidance. God is our infallible guide through life…. “   Adults/Family: “Since we breathe unceasingly, our remembrance of

As we prepare our hearts for and then commemorate the Feast of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God, let us take some time to think about Mary, the Theotokos. 

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week: “As we prepare our hearts for and then commemorate the Feast of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God, let us take some time to think about Mary, the Theotokos. What can we learn from her love for God and her submission to His will?  How did her choices and the way that she lived her earthly life affect ours?  How

Simple But Profound Miracles of Our Faith

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Simple But Profound Miracles of Our Faith “Today, increased knowledge and trust in logic has, unfortunately, shaken our faith to its foundations and filled our souls with question marks and doubts. This is why we don’t have miracles anymore, because a miracle cannot be explained logically, it can only be experienced. But faith in God will bring down divine power and overturn all

St. Paisios of Holy Mount Athos (†7/12/94) is perhaps the greatest and most revered saint of the Orthodox Church of our time. 

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification TOPIC OF THE WEEK: St. Paisios of Holy Mount Athos (†7/12/94) is perhaps the greatest and most revered saint of the Orthodox Church of our time.  Thousands of people around the world have eponymously witnessed and reported first-hand miracles performed by the saint during his lifetime. The officially recorded and verified miracles performed by the saint after his repose at his resting place at the Monastery

How are Saints considered for canonization?

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification TOPIC OF THE WEEK: The Recent Canonization of Metropolitan Kallinikos of Edessa on June 23, 2020; Who was he? How are Saints considered for canonization? How blessed we are that in today’s modern world there are still holy people we can learn from, who lived saintly lives! These are the stories we should be reading about; what the Saints said and how they lived so

“Philotimo is the reverent distillation of goodness,  the love shown by humble people,  from which every trace of self has been filtered out. 

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification TOPIC OF THE WEEK: “Philotimo is the reverent distillation of goodness, the love shown by humble people, from which every trace of self has been filtered out. Their hearts are full of gratitude toward God and to their fellow men, and out of spiritual sensitivity, they try to repay the slightest good which others do to them.” – Saint Paisios Adult/Family: Elder Paisios on Philotimo and Leventia“…Those who have philotimo, because they move within the heavenly sphere of doxology, joyfully accept their trials as well