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On the 40th day after birth, the mother and child are invited for a prayer service to reunite the mother and unite the child to the church. This practice is based on the ancient Jewish rite and was experienced by Jesus and His mother Mary (recorded in Luke 2:22-40). This way the new mother has […]
Prayer for the dead is an essential component of our faith in Jesus Christ. Praying for those who have died is not merely an expression of mourning – it is a proclamation that Christ has risen from the dead and that, in His love, even death cannot separate us from one another! Forty days (or […]
Death is something that awaits all of us and our loved ones. Yet we often wish to avoid thinking about it. As Orthodox Christians, we know that “Christ is risen from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:20) and understand earthly death both as an encounter with the Risen Christ and the door to what the Lord […]