Saturday, April 30, 2016


     Many people who claim to believe in God and say: “Of course I believe in God!” But to believe in God is not what God expects from man, for it is apparent that all of His creation bears witnesses to the Creator of all who is the God who made everything that exists.” So to believe in God is natural and is declared by His works. For anyone to have a genuine belief in God, he must first have a desire for whatever is good, then he will realize that God is good and will then seek to know Him.

     It is apparent that God having created all that exists, finally created man to utilize and rule over everything. Man is the only earthly creature to be granted the extremely wonderful ability to think, to understand and to love or hate. Man is the only one to be endowed with body soul and spirit; with a mind that thinks, a heart that loves and a will that makes decisions. Men use these wonderful faculties but not always for their right purpose and the result is sin. But it is Pascha now and time to rejoice in who we are, images of God.

     Pascha is about God who became man, the Godman Jesus Christ who came into the world with a distinct purpose. We repeatedly are edified by examining and entering into his life to understand why the perfect God and perfect man exists. This is especially so when we remember His passion and voluntary suffering where He is betrayed by Judas Iscariot, taken into custody and put on trial by the wicked Jews, who maliciously  condemn the innocent Christ to death as a common criminal. Remembering that He is almighty God and in a instant could destroy His persecutors, we can fully realize that they have custody over him as a prisoner, because He voluntarily wills that these things should be accomplished. Everything is that takes place is in  accordance with His divine plan. Therefore He submits to insults, mockery, blasphemy, spitting, being struck and whipped, undergoing severe the most severe punishment not which He but we all deserve. His punishment is not describable, for it is the severe suffering deserved by all humanity. After His terrible suffering He is then nailed to the Cross and maliciously given vinegar to drink when he said: “I thirst!”

    He dies on the Cross and yet is not dead, for something wonderful happened he died. He is life itself and the source of life being God. The source of life cannot be destroyed thus His death is a life-filled death which renders all life to all creatures. His death puts to death to death  and the devil’s authority and kingdom are destroyed. Also Christ descended into Hades and freed the captives who awaited Him.  On the third day He triumphantly arose from the dead as the victor.

     The glorious  third day resurrection showed the wonder and glory of Pascha, Pascha of our Lord who as the Godman is risen from the dead. His glorious Pascha is our Pascha for He did these things, not for himself but only out of His great love for us lowly and sinful creatures. Pascha is about us and the one who was put to death and arose from the dead for our sake.

     In celebrating Pascha, we should bring to mind the love of our Lord and Savior the Godman, and realize that there is so much more to celebrate. For Jesus Christ is the man which we must all become. How do we accomplish this task? By learning from Christ and following His commandments, also and from the examples of His holy Apostles and the Holy Fathers of the Church. These men were filled with faith, hope and love for Christ and they successfully struggled and obtained the victory over sin and evil and became like Him. Filled with Holy Spirit they became deified men and women, adorned with every virtue, especially faith, hope and love, humility, meekness and holiness. This is what Pascha brings to the human race, the ability to be  transformed into the image of the Godman.

      This is the beauty and glory of Pascha and is best when celebrated by our firm decision to be transformed into images of the Godman. At Pascha Christ says to us: Look at me I am God it is true, but I am also a man like you. I am the new Adam and you are my children who I invite into my kingdom. Especially on my glorious Pascha I call to you for I am the Christ who is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Hymn sung during Holy Week:

     “All creation was transformed by awe as it saw you hanging on the Cross. The sun went dark and the earth was shaken to its foundations. All things suffered with Him who is the Maker of everything. Lord, you suffered willingly for us. Glory to You!”

      Pascha is our celebration and it is always new and holy and did not appear until Christ rose from the dead! It is the fulfillment of the ancient pascha of the Jews. It is mystical and hidden but known to those who approach Christ with fear and faith. Pascha is joyfully adored and glorified by the faithful. Pascha is Christ himself our King and God, who redeems us. For He is our holy, spotless, and great Pascha and belongs to all of us who are faithful and by it we are sanctified. Pascha is Christ who has opened the door of Paradise to those who love Him and celebrate Pascha glorifying the risen Lord. Pascha is filled with divine jubilance and gives us a taste of Paradise where we will be with Him and live in Him forever in the life that has no end!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016




     "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death, and was not found because God had translated him, for without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:5).
The son of Zebedee, Elias the Prophet, did not die but ascended alive into heaven in a fiery chariot.

     To the glory of the Holy Trinity a third man was translated without death, John the Evangelist and Theologian. 

     Concerning St. John not dying was apparent in the celebration of His Feast Day, for we do not commemorate his falling asleep or death, but we celebrate his translation without death. Supporting this also are the words of Christ addressed in an exchange with Apostle Peter.  “Peter seeing him (John) said to Jesus, Lord and what shall this man do? Jesus said unto him, if I will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?  (John 21:21-22). Also the three men’s translations without death by God the author of our life is to the glory of the Holy Trinity. 

     In these present days of unbelief it is good to call to mind that the true God is necessarily a trinity. We believe and know this is so because God is self- knowing and does not know himself through another as we do. We know ourselves through our fathers, mothers doctors, etc. God knows himself through himself and not through another, because He is self-knowing  and all knowing, ,and uncaused for He is the cause and source of everything that exists. 

     God has a perfect idea of himself and the Father eternally gives forth a Logos and a Spirit and there is no ignorance in Him.  He is the Creator and the Source of all that exists, and as He continually possesses the perfect idea and spirit of himself, so He has a perfect idea of himself and everything that He brought into existence. God is one and has one nature and one essence. God is uncaused and has uncaused existence and is also eternal, everlasting and timeless. He is also simple and indivisible, and eternally remains the same. God is one, and is perfect and being the source of all knowledge thus there is no  ignorance in Him.

     We can also understand about God and His nature by a comparison with imperfect man whom God created in His image. We also have an idea of ourselves but this idea is extremely limited and imperfect, but the Idea of God is complete and perfect. Christ says that no one has seen the Father. The Son and Logos declares the will of the Father and his nature is known through the Logos. Man the image also has a mind which no man has seen and his logos communicating through his body declares him to others. 

     It is impossible for God to exist if He were not a trinity, nor could anything else exist, In God are three persons, the Father is the cause of the existence of the other two, the Logos and the Holy Spirit who come from the Father. Man could not exist if he were not a unity in the image of God.

     Man in the image of God is both a unity and trinity, having a mind, logos and spirit. Man’s mind is present but remains unseen, but man has thoughts in his mind which he understands through the spirit within him, and he expresses these thoughts through his logos in speech and gestures to God and Saints and Angels in prayer and to other men. They understand because they have the same faculties. 

     We think and communicate at all times but if we stop for a moment and examine  the process within ourselves we will see that repeatedly thoughts are flowing through our minds most of which we understand. When we are with another person, even more thoughts develop, and we speak to the other with a greeting or question or some other remark and a conversation may take place. But what is a conversation? If man were not triune he would not be man. For in his mind which is unseen are thoughts which are expressed to others through his body, by speaking and gestures. 

    Man being the image of God is not just a body and soul but also has a spirit through which he has life and understanding, thoughts, ideas and memories. So when the thought of what God is like comes to our minds, we should remember that we are an image of Him, a trinity in unity, having understanding and the  ability to communicate with others in love and peace. What a glorious and wonderful creature is every man reflecting the image of God, for every man is like God a trinity in unity.

     When we pray, we purge our thoughts, then gather them together in our minds thoughts of God, the Theotokos, Saints and heavenlky powers. Then with our logos and body we sign ourselves with the Cross and address God saying: Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is a holy and living communication between thss almighty Go d and us humble creatures. When we have something to say and speak to Him, He always listens attentively. Among the  words and ideas which God loves to hear from the cries of u sinners is: “Lord, have mercy upon me a sinner.” For God descended into the world not to save those who are righteous but to save sinners of whom I am the first.

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Being great members of the Kingdom
             Martyrdom for them is the door to leading to eternal life.

Andrew the first call was crucified.
Bartholomew was crucified, skinned, beheaded.
James, son of Zebedee was beheaded.
John the Theologian translated without death.                                                                                                                         
Matthew the Evangelist was burned by fire.
Matthias, replaced Judas Iscariot he was stoned;
then after death he was beheaded with an axe.
Peter (Simon), Andrew’s brother was crucified                                 upside down.
Philip was crucified.
Simon the Zealot of Canna was crucified.    
Thaddeus was crucified.
Thomas was pierced with five spears.

Pre-eternal, no such word or no such place
for only God is eternal and nothing precedes Him
Mistranslation of the Greek (pro-aionion) meaning                           before the ages
Lust; There us no such word in the original Greek                             Bible;
It is a mistranslation of the Greek word (epithimyou)                       “desire”
Righteous, no such word in Greek Bible. This
      eroneously translates the original dikeosyni the                                 correct word is justice
This is found in the phrase: This is my beloved son                          in whom I am well pleased (evdokisa) should read:in                        whom I have well-decided or in whom I approve
You are a loving God, (philanthropos) correctly                                 translated is the lover of man.
In the Lord’s Prayer; Give us this day our daily                                 Bread;
Correct translation of (ton arton imon, ton                                          epiousion) is Give us this day our essential bread,