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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

SPIRITUAL READING DURING QUARANTINE SUMMER

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If the threat of coronavirus has made you think about your own mortality, you are not alone. What is this temporal life for? Our eternal salvation! What things are important in this life for that end? We may have concentrated much of our time and energy on worldly things, but hopefully we have learned from this pandemic to concentrate more on eternal things. “Brethren, it is later than you think. Hasten, therefore, to do the work of God.” -Father Seraphim Rose

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification TOPIC OF THE WEEK: If the threat of coronavirus has made you think about your own mortality, you are not alone. What is this temporal life for? Our eternal salvation! What things are important in this life for that end? We may have concentrated much of our time and energy on worldly things, but hopefully we have learned from this pandemic to concentrate more on

Observing the Apostles’ Fast

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Observing the Apostles’ Fast “…For faithful Orthodox today, the Fast of the Apostles can be an occasion for reflection upon the lives and example of the Holy Apostles. On the Sunday of All Saints (June 14), we remember and celebrate the lives of all those who have gone before us in the faith: our fathers, forefathers, the apostles, preachers, evangelists, teachers, hierarchs

While wearing a physical mask now may be necessary to protect us from contagion, what other ‘masks’ might we be ‘wearing’ that are NOT good for us? How can we strip these away and be authentic to God, ourselves and others? Watch the video Wearing Masks

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification TOPIC OF THE WEEK: While wearing a physical mask now may be necessary to protect us from contagion, what other ‘masks’ might we be ‘wearing’ that are NOT good for us? How can we strip these away and be authentic to God, ourselves and others? Watch the video Wearing Masks Spiritual Resources for the Pandemic Coping with COVID-19 for Orthodox Christians  “The COVID crisis causes us

“… In this challenging moment, let’s move beyond “how are you doing?” and get more serious about the questions we’re asking our colleagues, friends, and family.  Fundamentally, learning how to ask questions of ourselves and of the ones who we love can help us to embrace, rather than avoid, the uncertainty that envelopes our lives….”

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Christos Anesti!  Christ is Risen!  TOPIC OF THE WEEK: “… In this challenging moment, let’s move beyond “how are you doing?” and get more serious about the questions we’re asking our colleagues, friends, and family.  Fundamentally, learning how to ask questions of ourselves and of the ones who we love can help us to embrace, rather than avoid, the uncertainty that envelopes our lives….” [Click HERE to read

Is the “greatest threat” in this time the coronavirus and quarantine, or is it the comforts and the temptations of the world that draw us away from commending ourselves and our whole life to Christ our God?

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Christos Anesti!  Christ is Risen!  TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Is the “greatest threat” in this time the coronavirus and quarantine, or is it the comforts and the temptations of the world that draw us away from commending ourselves and our whole life to Christ our God? What are we doing with our time in isolation to remain close to God and what can we learn

“God gives us what we need ALWAYS, but not necessarily what we want… In Orthodox countries, when people aren’t afflicted, they feel abandoned by God.”

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Christos Anesti!  Christ is Risen!  TOPIC OF THE WEEK: “God gives us what we need ALWAYS, but not necessarily what we want… In Orthodox countries, when people aren’t afflicted, they feel abandoned by God.” Spiritual Resources for the Pandemic Coping with COVID-19 for Orthodox Christians  For Everyone:  In the Saint Emmelia Podcast, Noah Bushelli mentions his parishioner, a little boy, who had a bone marrow transplant last year and

Life Under Quarantine Did Not End With Pascha; Where Does That Leave Us?

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Christos Anesti!  Christ is Risen!  TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Life Under Quarantine Did Not End With Pascha; Where Does That Leave Us? Spiritual Resources for the Pandemic Coping with COVID-19 for Orthodox Christians  Adult/Family Steven Christoforou recently wrote: “A friend shared something powerful. And troubling… He told me that, as we got into Holy Week, he finally realized something. Life under quarantine isn’t going to end with Pascha. It