Back in 2009, I started the Mystagogy weblog in...
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Back in 2009, I started the Mystagogy weblog in order to post various things of my own personal interests for Orthodox Christians, not realizing that by the end of 2022 and more than 14,000 posts later, it would become an international ministry with the expanded title of the Mystagogy Resource Center consisting of, as of right now, twelve different websites. Never did I realize I would be doing this as long as I have and produce so much material, to the point where I had to shut down this webpage now titled Orthodox Christianity Then and Now (www.johnsanidopoulos.com), which was my primary ..read more
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NEW WEBSITE FOR DAILY POSTS - THIS WEBSITE IS NO LONGER OFFERING DAILY POSTS
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1y ago
  PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE  FOR DAILY POSTINGS   www.mystagogyresourcecenter.com     ..read more
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This Website Is Now Closed
Mystagogy Resource Center
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1y ago
Dear Readers: As I announced a few weeks ago, this website is now closed. This website currently has over 16,200 posts from 2009, and it is not designed to contain that much information. For this reason, nothing new will be added to this website. It will only serve as an archive of what I have already posted. From now on, the primary website of the Mystagogy Resource Center with daily updates will be www.mystagogyresourcecenter.com . Please go there and subscribe and bookmark this site for your daily visitations. I have provided a LinkTree on that site with all the links you need for soc ..read more
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Homily on the Sunday After Theophany (St. Luke of Simferopol)
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1y ago
By St. Luke, Archbishop of Simferopol and All Crimea At Vespers of Great Feasts, the so-called narratives (paremoias) are read, which are usually excerpts from the books of the Old Testament. They set out the events of former times, reminiscent and even explaining what the Holy Church celebrates on a given day. On the greatest feasts, the number of narratives, usually not exceeding three, greatly increases, and on the day of the Resurrection of Christ it reaches fifteen, and on the day of Theophany - thirteen. When considering the narratives of Theophany, it is immediately evident that th ..read more
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Homily Two on the Feast of the Lord’s Theophany (St. John Maximovitch)
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1y ago
  By St. John Maximovitch "Today You appeared to the world, and Your light, O Lord, has left its mark upon us." The feast of the Baptism of the Lord was called in ancient times "the Day of Lights". The Baptism of Christ is the beginning of our enlightenment - the appearance of Christ to the world, the revelation of the Holy Trinity to people. “Why,” the Golden-mouthed Teacher asks, “not the day on which He was born, but the day on which He was baptized, is it called the Theophany? Because now He has appeared to the world.” Read the complete article ..read more
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Homily One on the Theophany of the Lord (St. Luke of Simferopol)
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 By St. Luke, Archbishop of Simferopol and All Crimea (Delivered in 1954) All of you know that the people of Israel were the chosen people of God, but not everyone knows that this people in Holy Scripture is called the people with necks unbending as iron and foreheads as hard as bronze. The brass-foreheaded people took the ardent calls of the great prophets for the correction of their ways and the great predictions about their Savior and the Messiah very hard and did not listen to them. They held their proud head high and did not bend their iron neck in repentance and humility. The ..read more
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Homily on the Day of the Theophany Before the Blessing of the Waters (St. John Maximovitch)
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By St. John Maximovitch (Delivered in Shanghai in 1947) “The heavens were opened and the Holy Spirit descended bodily like a dove” on the Son of God standing in the Jordan. The voice from heaven of God the Father is heard: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased” (Luke 3:21-22; Mark 1:11; Matt. 3:17). The sky is open now, again the Holy Spirit descends on the waters, and God testifies of His Son. Oh, that our spiritual eyes would be opened! Oh, that our ears could perceive celestial expressions! We would see the heavens open above us. We would have seen the Son of God standing ..read more
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Christ Is Born, Glorify Him! (St. John Maximovitch)
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  By St. John Maximovitch   Christ is born, glorify Him! “You were secretly born in a cave, but the heavens proclaimed You to all, O Savior, using the star as its mouth.” Quietly, silently, the Son of God descended to earth and incarnated. Like a drop of dew falls on the ground, so the Power of the Most High overshadowed the Most Pure Virgin, and the Savior of the world was born from Her. But the world did not notice the great work done by God. People were each busy with their own concerns, their attention was directed to the affairs of life and to high-profile worldly events ..read more
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1963 Nativity Message of St. John Maximovitch
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1963 Christmas Message By St. John Maximovitch “Glory to God in the highest, and on the earth peace among those whom He is pleased” (Luke 2:14). The angels sang in heaven when the Son of God was born in Bethlehem. “Glory to God in the highest” is heard in heaven to this day, in all ages it has not calmed down and never stopped for a moment. The angels are constantly praising Him. “Holy, Holy, Holy,” cry the six-winged seraphim and the many-eyed cherubim, countless hosts of angels worship Him. Soulless creation listens to Him: the sun shines, warming the earth with its rays, the moon disp ..read more
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Homily on the Coming New Year (St. Kallinikos of Edessa)
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1y ago
By the Grace of the Lord, we are at the beginning of the New Year. Behind us is the past and before us is the future. We were thinking a lot. We learn many lessons. It would be incomprehensible and completely unjustified, for reasonable people to arrive at stations in life, without conclusions. Being at the beginning of the new year of the Lord's Goodness, we must carry out a double duty in the most serious way, the duty of Gratitude to God and Trust in Him. Gratitude to our God and Father for the past year. During this year, the goodness of God bestowed upon us many good things. Let's no ..read more
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