Reflections in Christ

by Bishop Alexis

The Holy Church, Holy Communion, and an Orthodox Ethos

When believers enter an Orthodox Church, they are passing from this world of sickness, strife, and death into a realm of spiritual health, peace, and life. In a consecrated Orthodox Church, the Kingdom of God is at hand and the King of all is in their midst. Believers can feel the presence of the Godman through the life-giving, uncreated divine…

“The Grace of the Holy Spirit has gathered us together”

In an earlier age, ascetic monks would have spent their days of Lent fasting and praying alone in the desert beyond the Jordan. And on this day of Palm Sunday, they would return to their monastery with their bodies worn from fasting, but their spirits renewed from inner prayer. This was a day of rejoicing, for their hearts were overflowing with the…

Following Live Streaming and Finding the Streams of Living Water

Thirty years ago when I was a young novice at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, I recall being moved while reading an account of the Athonite Elder Callinicus the Hesychast (1853–1930) who went to the austere community of Father Daniel, a community in the Athonite desert always lacking milk, cheese, and eggs. Father Daniel explained to the young…

The Sign of the Prophet Jonah in our days

“For those with eyes to see and ears to hear,” these days of being in the belly of the whale, physically separated not only from one another, but also from our beloved Churches and places of prayer, we have a rare opportunity for spiritual growth. In this crisis that has overcome the entire inhabited world, we are given the sign of Jonah that…

Some Thoughts on the Crisis and the Call of the Corona Virus

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The Bishops of the Holy Orthodox Church love their flocks and ever strive to lead them to well-watered and rich pastures. They care for them, body and soul. In so doing, they are following their Master Christ who not only “cast out unclean spirits,” but also healed “all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” (Matthew…