'St. Mary’s Indian Orthodox Church of Northern Virginia' tagged posts

Dormition of Theotokos (Κοιμήσεως της Θεοτόκου)

Each year on August 15, the Feast of the Dormition of the Holy Virgin Mary (Theotokos) is celebrated. It is also known as the “falling asleep,” repose or kimisis of the Virgin Mary, mother of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Feast also commemorates the Assumption of the body of the Theotokos into heaven. The Epitaph…

Merry Christmas!

Mary’s Magnificent Song “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.  For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And…

Nativity Fast – A Message of – “Fear Not”

Baby Jesus Brings the Message of “Not to Be Afraid” Let us enter the “Nativity Fast” with a message for this Christmas!  St. Luke 2:10-11 says, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city…

Has Jesus forgiven your sins?

Has Jesus forgiven your sins? The Story of the Paralytic in Mark 2:1-12 The Lord placed this event in Scripture to assure us that Jesus has the authority and divine power to forgive sins. Jesus is able to forgive because He became a man, lived a perfect life, and taking our sins upon Himself, He…

Farewell to Billy Graham – An Honest Evangelist

Farewell to an honest Evangelist who was so true to God’s word! Today, the world mourns as Billy Graham passed away at his home in North Carolina at the age of 99. Billy Graham said that “My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes…

His Holiness Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II

I am very blessed and extremely honored to be standing next to His Holiness Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the East & Malankara Metropolitan, holding his blessed Crosier.  These are the cherished precious moments of a lifetime! .

Jesus Cleanses and Accepts Everyone

The man in today’s story (St. Luke 5:12-16) was unclean, repulsive, unfeeling, alienated, with an incurable disease. He came to Jesus – You will never be saved until you are willing to do anything you have to do to get to Jesus. In order to come to Christ, you are going to have to turn…

Memorial of Late Metropolitan Osthathios of Niranam

I was blessed beyond human imagination to have late His Grace Geeverghese Mar Osthathios with me at St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church of Greater Washington DC and St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church of Baltimore for 1993 Holy Week where we conducted services at the Catholic University Chapel. I am proud to say that, as a…

Wishing you a Great Lent!

Remember -“God forgives.” Great Lent is an opportunity to maximize our Easter gladness. Religious fanatics put on a big show during the Great Lent, missing the whole intent. This discipline is not intended to draw us away from others. Moreover, the Church is very clear that fasting per se is not a virtue, nor is…

A Christmas to Remember!

Let us refocus the purpose of our lives during this Christmas: 1. Slow down to be with God – Make prayer and meditation a priority as we go about our days! God is the same powerful, just, holy God he has always been. True prayer changes us and allows us to participate in God’s work…

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