Orthodox Church of the Mother of God

Joy of all the Sorrowful - Mays Landing, NJ (f. 1966)

Orthodox Christian Meditations

from Fr. Steven Kostoff
  1. Closing Thoughts on our 2021 Fall Adult Education Class

     

    Dear Parish Faithful,

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  2. 'Metaphysically Unsettling' - A Brief Reflection on Black Friday

     

    Dear Parish Faithful, 

    There is something almost "metaphysically unsettling" about "Black Friday." Not sure of the status of Black Friday this year, but I will assume that it has many a consumer excited and raring to go. Since there is "nothing new under the sun" in our fallen world, here is an older reflection on this cultural/social phenomenon. 

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  3. Special Guest Meditation: Reflections of a First-Time Pilgrim to a Monastery

     

    Dear Parish Faithful and Friends in Christ,

    Our parishioner, Jenny Harkins, spent a weekend in pilgrimage at the Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI, over November 12-14. I asked Jenny to please "write up" her experience, and she graciously agreed to do so. It is very lively and filled with many insights into the purpose and practice of the monastic life. Please spend the time to read it as we journey together towards the Lord's Nativity in the flesh.

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  4. The Abundance of Our Possessions

     

    Dear Parish Faithful,

     

    "Take heed and beware of all covetousness; for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possession." (LK. 12:15)


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  5. Forty Shopping (and Fasting) Days Until Christmas


    Dear Parish Faithful,

    The meditation presented here is found in my book in a somewhat longer version, but with the certainty that in some areas of life "there is nothing new under the sun" (and that shopping sprees before Christmas will assuredly be with us until the universe either burns or freezes), I thought it remains timely enough, especially for those who may not familiar with it.

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