From Thief to Belief: Orthodox Feasts in September I

From Thief to Belief: Orthodox Feasts in September I

The Church’s new year arrives right after the commemoration of the Beheading of the Forerunner on August 29. Summer ends with the harvest of a godly seed that testifies to the truth of the Gospel, sealing its witness with the blood of the righteous. Fruit of...

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St Mary of Egypt, the Repentant Desert Dweller

St Mary of Egypt, the Repentant Desert Dweller

If the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent points us to the peak of the love of God, as we ascend the Divine Ladder as presented by St. John Climacus, then the Fifth Sunday of Lent, which commemorates St. Mary of Egypt, leads us to understand her embodiment within the pit of...

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The Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos

The Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos

It's been said that God performs no miracle until all human resources have been exhausted. Both church history and our own lives are filled with examples of God's strength made perfect in our weakness (2Cor. 12:9), and when His providential care produces miraculous...

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Missives from the Underground is a ministry of Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church (OCA) in Culver City, CA, under the direction of Archpriest John Tomasi, who regularly ministers to inmates in Southern California. Read More