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 Setting a Good Beginning

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week – Setting a Good Beginning “…The person that has Christ entering in his heart turns the course of his life towards the source of his life that is found only in God. This is what “setting a good beginning” truly means, to always look towards God and direct one’s life towards him, step by step.” “Why do so many people fail in

Christmas Hope

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification TOPIC OF THE WEEK – Christmas Hope “Perhaps this year you can relate to “… the experience of another Family who also had been separated from family activities that first Christmas… “   In a grotto under the altar of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem lies the spot where Tradition says Christ was born, marked by a 14-point silver star. Adults/Family: “…Far from their

The Great Reset

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification TOPIC OF THE WEEK – The Great Reset You have probably heard about the “the Great Reset” and it might be worrying you. What is an Orthodox Christian perspective about this concept? “There is and has been a Great Reset… and it belongs to God. It doesn’t belong to politicians, it doesn’t belong to rich elites who think they know what’s best for the world and who

Preparation During the Nativity Fast

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification TOPIC OF THE WEEK – Preparation During the Nativity Fast The Nativity Fast began on November 15th and lasts through December 24th. “…The meaning of this [Nativity Feast is the incarnation and birth of God, the Savior of the world. When we think about the meaning of God’s incarnation and the coming of Jesus Christ into the world, we should think of how Jesus can become

Christmas Traditions and Our Time of Glad Tidings and Joy

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification TOPIC OF THE WEEK – Christmas Traditions and Our Time of Glad Tidings and Joy   “When people ask me what my family Christmas traditions are, and how we are supposed to feel during this season, I take pause. Are we supposed to have some special family traditions? If I don’t, am I somehow deficient or wanting? What are we supposed to feel, and what

SSCORRE – Special Feast Day Edition

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Special Feast Day Edition We celebrate the feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple on November 21st. In addition to attending Liturgy (in-person or virtually this year!) what else can we do to honor the Theotokos and celebrate this feast day? Below are some ideas: Read about the feast and learn about its icon here. Find ways to celebrate the feast with your family here at Orthodox Motherhood and

More important than worrying about current politics and global events is …

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week: More important than worrying about current politics and global events is … “the beautiful miracle that took place Tuesday [November 3rd] by our holy Geronda Ephraim of blessed memory. One of his photographs began to weep and he appeared to one of his spiritual children.” “…Tuesday, November 3, the icon of Saint Elder Ephraim Arizona-Philotheitis was crying.  The icon of Saint Elder Ephraim of Arizona-Philotheitis is in tears. The elder

A Primer of Spiritual Life

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week:  A Primer of Spiritual Life “Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, most of us are far from even beginning to fulfill these precepts… nevertheless accept from me, sinful Aleksander,  this Primer of Spiritual Life.” What follows are some excerpts from the Primer of Spiritual Life, by Father Aleksander Orlov of Omsk. The entire Primer was recently published here Sept 22-Oct 19, 2020 Daily Meditations by Papa

Is God Really Indifferent to Our Suffering?

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification Topic of the Week: Is God Really Indifferent to Our Suffering? “Since my teens I had been familiar with the common atheist argument that God either does not exist or He must be utterly indifferent to our suffering and therefore not good…” “The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.“ (Romans 8:18).

An Impression of God

SSCORRE! Saint Sophia Cathedral Online Resources for our Religious Edification TOPIC OF THE WEEK: An Impression of God “If a person wants to get an idea about the pyramids of Egypt, he must either trust those who have been in immediate proximity to the pyramids, or he must get next to them himself. There is no third option. In the same way a person can get an impression of God: He must either trust those who