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Maker of Heaven and Earth

Please see this outstanding lecture by Cyril of Jerusalem, written in the mid to late 300's on the words from our Creed, "Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible." Not only is it spirituallyl uplifting, but it serves to counter the vapid notions of evolution with which we are inundated; and which serve to destroy faith in Christ, Christian hope, ...

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St. Ambrose on the Lord's Supper

This writing is from De Sacramentis, written of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan in the last quarter of the 4th century.He is considered one of the greatest doctors of the church. You can read more about him here. This particular chapter is concerning the Holy Eucharist as it was taught to catechumens preparing for baptism. What a wonderful way these early church Fathers had o...

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Psalm 85

The 85th Psalm, assigned for Advent 3, is filled with Christiancomfort, remission for our sins, and the promise that God will displayhis divine favor in our lives. Verses 10ff remind us that we arehemmed in on all sides by the Lord's own love, faithfulness,righteousness, peace, goodness and increase. All of this comes truefor us by the Lord's incarnation at Christmas to be...

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Cyril of Jerusalem - The Greatness of God

Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, 354 A.D. On The Greatness of God.To read more go to http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/310106.htm 1. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Corinthians 1:3 Blessed also be His Only-begotten Son. For with thethought of God let the thought of Father at once be joined, that theascription of glory to the Father and the Son may be ma...

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Article by Chad Bird on: remembrance.

Dear Members, Please enjoy this outstanding article by Chad Bird on: remembrance.http://www.chadbird.com/blog/2016/8/20/the-one-hebrew-word-you-dont-want-to-forget ‚ÄčTom and Charlie remembered their respective wedding anniversaries in two very different ways. Tom's way landed him in his wife's good graces; Charlie's landed him in the doghouse. Here's why. Tom remembere...

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Cyril of Jerusalem

Please see this beautiful biblical teaching on sin, and its forgiveness through Christ, which is our Light and our Life. St. Cyril was Bishop of Jerusalem in the mid 4th century and people still avidly read his writings sixteen and a half centuries later. This particular Lecture is one of 23 given to those about to be baptized. You can read all of his 23 Lectures at this ...

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Theodore Kavouras' Hymn summarizing Sunday's Sermon

This hymn is a good summary of Sunday's sermon. It is composed by Theodore Kavouras and sung to St. Thomas (The Advent of Our King TLH #68). It takes the vague notion of God's blessings that most people hold and locates them on the altar, which is the source of all Christian blessing, and mercy seat of God, since from it we receive the blessed sacrament. The holy altar st...

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The Sacrament (Mystery) of Christian Baptism

By St Cyprian Bishop of Carthage from a Letter written to a new convert, 246 A.D. I promise to share with you the grace God in His great mercy has shown me, and to tell you as simply as I can what I have experienced since I was baptized. Until that time, I was still living in the dark, knowing nothing of my true life. I was completely involved in this world's affairs, in...

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Cyril of Jerusalem

Mystagogic Catechesis On Baptism Prologue, Paragraph 16 Cyril was Bishop of Jerusalem and Doctor of the Church, born about 315; died probably 18 March, 386. In the East his feast is observed on the 18th of March, in the West on the 18th or 20th. Little is known of his life. We gather information concerning him from his younger contemporaries, Epiphanius, Jerome, and Rufin...

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The Offertory: a vital element of Christian worship

Offertory is a vital element of Christian worship. It consists of two parts. First is the gathering of the people's Offerings. From earliest Christian times as the people came together for Holy Communion each Lord's Day they brought Gifts and Offerings to God. They brought bread and wine to be used in the Lord's Supper, as well as other gifts to be used for the support of ...

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