The Easter message centered on the importance of how being back home – as with the return of the prodigal son – leads to a life of joy and gladness.
Orthodox Christian Pascha Week, a time that the Church walks with Christ through each step of His final days in the flesh, is a period of the year that many people experience spiritual renewal and revival. Christians throughout the world take leave from work, spend additional time in prayer and fasting, and go to Church …
In part 2 of HUNGRY FOR GOD, Fr. Michael explores the roots of the Biblical, early Christian understanding of Fasting, while looking at some of the reasons why people fasted.
Why should you bother fasting?
What are some of the negative consequences / benefits of seasonal fasting?
In part 1 of this new series entitled HUNGRY FOR GOD, Fr. Michael Sorial discusses the biblical understanding of fasting and what it our fasting says to God.
What is fasting?
Why did early Christians abstain from eating meat products? What does fasting communicate to God?
When God became Man, it was not with pomp or splendor, there were no grand ballrooms lined with celebrities or huge crowds gathered with parades. Instead our Lord was humbly born in a manger, because there was nowhere else that would accommodate Him. Join the Choir The optics were not the greatest and very few …
How would you describe prayer to a child? Why bother praying? In part 1 of this new series entitled “Work Hard, Pray Hard,” we discussed how prayer is the most remarkable tool God has given to humans.
The past several days have presented me with an opportunity to engage with – and observe – people from all ends of the political spectrum. The emotions have also spanned from one extreme to the other. Some people have been celebrating, as if the Messiah Himself has come to save us. Others have mourned as if …
What can you do to not allow your words to divide the body of Christ? How does communion serve as a model for us on unity in spite of our differences?
What are the dangers of political idolatry? In what ways should Christians be “political”?
11 years ago today I was ordained as a Priest in the Coptic Orthodox Church. For the first 8 years, I served at a large parish in urban Queens with approximately 1,000 families, two locations, 4 priests, and about 50% of the community having immigrated from Egypt over the previous 10 years. Since leaving NYC and …