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Saint Athanasius Lutheran Church in Vienna, Virginia is a parish in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church and a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Worship at St. Athanasius is according to the history Liturgy of the Church. Services at St. Athanasius are not designed for entertainment or sensation, but to prepare broken repentant sinners to receive these gifts of Word and Sacrament, and to know the truth of the incomparable riches of the grace showered on us by our gracious ...
 
A short and rather old fashioned biography a great saint. Don't expect subtlety; it's unapologetic hagiography. The saint is presented as a figure of pristine brilliance, courage and integrity and his persecutors as conniving villains. But to those who appreciate what was at stake in the controversy, Athanasius is indeed a God-sent hero. This is an informative, if quaint, introduction to a fascinating figure in history. (Summary by Pattymarie)
 
For four decades Father Pavlos has guided the spiritual life of Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai. He shares his wisdom with a stream of Orthodox pilgrims visiting the monastery and with others spread throughout the world. Sister Joanna, a spiritual child of Father Pavlos, shares the following interviews with us here.
 
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Have you ever planted a seed and hoped it didn't grow? That's ridiculous, right? So it is with God and His Word. He wants those seeds that are planted by His pastors preaching His Word and by His people speaking His Word to grow and to bear fruit in the hearts and lives of those who hear. But how that happens, and when, and where, and how much, and…
 
In the Roman liturgical calendar, St. Thomas More shares his feast of June 22 with St. Paulinus of Nola and St. John Fisher. Often, he is overlooked or forgotten. But he is one of the most inspiring models for fathers, husbands, and statesmen, indeed for just about anyone living in a society that finds the teaching of Jesus inconvenient and annoyin…
 
In Part 1 of Understanding the Mass, we examined how the Mass relates to the Sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. In this, part 2 of the series, we ask in what way the Eucharist can be said to be our sacrifice, the self-offering of the Church with its head. The New Testament calls Christians “priests” and priests are those who offer sacrifice of praise…
 
Saint John the Baptist was a relative of Jesus Christ, and known as the "forerunner". He was a desert hermit that led a movement shortly before Jesus' ministry, urging people to repent of their sins and turn to God. He was the one the Old Testament prophets predicted would prepare the way for the Messiah. At the beginning of Jesus' ministry, John b…
 
The Fatherhood of God has come under fire with the rise of feminism. If we know that God is pure spirit who transcends male and female, masculine and feminine, why preserve what some believe to be the antiquated, patriarchal practice of referring to the divinity as “Father”? This article uses the occasion of the American observance of Father’s Day …
 
One of the most famous bible stories of all time is Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee. Mark, the evangelist, uses the story to ask the reader a question that elicits a clear answer on the identity of Christ. This approach is often called the Socratic method. Reflection on the gospel for the 12th Sunday in ordinary time, cycle B.…
 
Saint Evelyn Underhill was an English theologian and author, whose most important work was Mysticism, published in 1911. She wrote extensively on the topic of Christian mysticism, and made it a point to write for the common man in accessible language, and thus her works were very popular with the public. She also wrote novels and poetry, was an act…
 
Divide and conquer is the devil's strategy. Unite and conquer is God's way. Divide and conquer. It's what satan has been doing from the beginning. It is said that our nation is more divided than it ever has been before. Perhaps. But it actually goes even further than that, as satan is not satisfied with dividing us from one another, but even within…
 
Saint Ini Kopuria was the founder of the Melanesian Brothers, and Anglican order. He was born in Guadalcanal, and island in the South Pacific, part of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate around the early 20th century. He was a police sergeant, but after suffering an injury that left him hospitalized, he reevaluated his life, took vows of chast…
 
In this 7 minute podcast, Anna Mitchell of the Sonrise Morning show interviews Dr. Italy on the profound meaning of the Magnificat, Mary's canticle uttered on the occasion of the Visitation, and how it manifests her as the Queen of Humility and the Queen of Praise. Also discussed is the beautiful place where this event took place, Ein Karem and the…
 
We worship the trinity in unity and the unity in trinity. That's what we just confessed in the Athanasian Creed. We worship this God. This God that cannot be explained, only proclaimed. All attempts to explain the mystery of God the Holy Trinity have failed. How God can be one yet three, three yet one. So we are left with a God we cannot fully unde…
 
The famous American author and humorist, Mark Twain, is best known for his best-selling, classic novels Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. But of all his books, Twain most loved the historical novel he wrote on St. Joan of Arc. Though he was himself not a Catholic, he saw Joan to be one of the most amazing and inspiring figures of human history. From…
 
Saint Joan of Arc, the "Maid of Orleans" was a French hero of the Hundred Years' war. She emerged in the 15th century at a time when the war was going badly for the French, and the English controlled large portions of France. Saint Joan was a teenage peasant girl who, starting at age 13, heard visions from God and the saints telling her to liberate…
 
Athanasius here describes the orthodox and Catholic teaching on God as Trinity, three persons in one divine nature, a wholly creative and energizing reality. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are an inseparable unity, always acting together. It will not be out of place to consider the ancient tradition, teaching and faith of the Catholic Church, whic…
 
You want me to preach to bones. Lord, Ezekiel must have thought, you've asked me to do a lot of weird and unusual things in my prophetic career, but this! But at least bones won't hurt you or strike back at you. But for Peter and the other apostles, their congregation was dangerous. The Jews in Jerusalem, just 50-some days ago, had turned their fru…
 
Saint Euphrosyne was a 12th century princess of Polotsk. Polotsk was a medieval principality in Eastern Europe, located in what is today Belarus. At 12 years old she gave up her riches and royal privileges to become a nun, perceiving that heavenly glory is greater than earthly prestige. Saint Euphrosyne founded two monasteries, was known for her lo…
 
Without the Pentecost, the gospel is not really "Good News." Many people actually experience Christianity as bad news. The Ten Commandments were impossible for even King David to keep. Though Christians are justified by grace through faith and receive friendship with God as a pure gift, they are still called to live the gospel lifestyle, as portray…
 
I wonder how Joseph felt. Yes, you heard me right -- Joseph, not Matthias. We often focus on Matthias, 'cause he won. He's the one who replaced Judas. But I wonder how Joseph, called Barsabbas, also called Justus, felt. You know, the loser. Was he sad? Or was he relieved? Was he happy for Matthias, or jealous? Was he really hoping to be chosen -- a…
 
May 2021 marks the start of the "Ignatian Year", as the Jesuit order celebrates the 500th anniversary of their founder, Saint Ignatius getting struck by a cannonball and turning his life towards Christ. To commemorate this event, we reflect on the life of Saint Ignatius, a Spanish soldier who gave up his pursuit of worldly glory to seek Christ inst…
 
In this 7 minute podcast, Dr. Italy tells why no visit to Assisi is complete without a visit to the secred hideout of Francis and the friars, the Carceri hermitage. To visit the Carceri, it is actually necessary to leave the town of Assisi, which is located about 1/3 of the way up the slope of Mt. Subasio, and ascend much higher, away from the hust…
 
Jesus calls His disciples friends. Marvel at that, please. The government does not call you friend. You are a taxpayer, citizen, subject, voter, but not friend. You may be friends with your boss, but at work, he is the boss and you are the employee. Pontius Pilate, you may remember, wanted to be in the exclusive "friend of Caesar" club, but that wa…
 
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