The Nativity

The Nativity

Those of us who observe the Julian Calendar are now about to complete the Nativity Fast. Having abstained from meat, eggs, dairy products, anger, envy and other habits, for the sake of promoting the discipline of the soul,

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not of the flesh

Not of the Flesh

In both the Gospels of St. Luke and St. Matthew, we’re presented with the genealogy of Christ, that long list of names, giving the ancestors leading all the way up to St. Joseph and St. Mary the Theotokos.

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Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

Merry Christmas from All Merciful Savior Monastery on Vashon Island. I have to tell you that this season, everywhere I go I hear “Happy Holidays”. And sometimes I’m just so tempted to scream out “It’s not holidays! It’s

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