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9.3.2014.

Divine Liturgy in Stoke-on-Trent, 09. march 2014.

SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY (First  Sunday of  Easter Lent)

In the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit !

Dear brothers and sisters,

The first Sunday of great Easter Lent is called the “SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY” in our Church. It is a day when we take a long and deep look at our Orthodox Faith, the ancient Faith of our fathers.

It is obvious to all that we live in a day of tremendous change. Life today is vastly different from what it was fifty years ago. But in all this world of change, there is one thing that has never changed. The beliefs of the Orthodox Church have not changed. The Orthodox faith is one and the same today as it was a two thousand years ago. On this day, the “SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY”, we are proud to raise our heads and proclaim  to the world of change, that we hold the “UNCHANGED CHRISTIAN – ORTHODOX FAITH”, that we belong to the “MOTHER OF ALL CHRISTIAN CHURCHES”!

We live in a land of many religions, scholars estimate there are over 2,600 groups who lay claim to being the ,,CHURCH”. Among them is our own, the Faith of ancient Christianity, the Faith of the Apostles, the Faith of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, the Faith of the undivided Christian Church. We can trace our religious heritage back through the ages, back to the first Church, back to the Lord Himself.

On this day of “ORTHODOXY”, we must rededicate ourselves to Christ and to the Orthodox Faith. It is not enough for us to glory in the past; we have the present to consider, and the future to be concerned about.

After accepting Christ’s call to follow Him, Philip went and found Nathaniel and told him about the Lord. His first act was to tell someone else about Christ.

“COME AND SEE”, he told Nathaniel. His friend did come, and soon he, to, became a follower of “THE WAY”.

We say we love Christ with all our hearts, we claim He is our Lord and Master and Saviour, yet we will not speak of Him to others. We will speak of the great heroes of sports and science and politics, but, for some reason, our lips are sealed when it comes to mention the “NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES”!

THE  STORY OF KING GEORGE OF ENGLAND

The scene is a theather in England. Suddenly, the orchestra was interrupted in the middle of a musical phrase. The stage manager and the director run from actor to actor whispering to them; “GIVE IT ALL YOU HAVE GOT TONIGHT! PLAY AS YOU HAVE NEVER PLAYED BEFORE”. WHY? someone asked. “BECAUSE”, comes the answer, “KING GEORGE HAS JUST COME IN, THE KING IS IN THE AUDIENCE” !

The King of Kings, and the Lord of Lord is always in the audience of our lives. Because of this, we must give life all we have got; the best we have got. We must “PLAY AS WE HAVE NEVER PLAYED BEFORE”!

As we are playing on this stage of life, it is very important to now to Whom we are playing, for Whom life is being lived, Who placed us on this stage of life, and Who is the Director? If we don’t,  we shall be very surprise when the play is over, and we apper before that King for final judgment.

May we, brothers and sisters, be fully aware of our religious treasure of Faith, and may we solemnly rededicate oursalves to believe in Christ and serve Him, as we have promised the day we were baptized into God’s Family,  in our “HOLY ORTHODOX CHURCH” !

A  M  E  N  !!!

 


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