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. The Real 'Stairway to Heaven'

    Dear Parish Faithful & Friends in Christ,

    A pop-culture awareness that has staying power over about a forty-five year period is an immediate recognition of the song titled "Stairway to Heaven."

  2. Connecting the Cross with our Lives

    Dear Parish Faithful,

    Over the years I have accumulated a group of meditations centered on the meaning and purpose of the Cross, attempting to connect the Cross of the Lord with
  3. 'This is the great work of a human being...'

    Dear Parish Faithful,

    GREAT LENT:  The Twenty-Fifth Day

    "In time of religious peace, we take up our cross and follow Christ by putting our evil passions and desires to death through
  4. An Orthodox Christian perspective on the Cross of Christ

    Dear Parish Faithful & Friends in Christ,

    The issue of "atonement" was raised and discussed at Sunday's post-Liturgy discussion, and we could only touch on it briefly. That discussion, though, has led me to once again share a meditation from the past (2013) on that theme worked out with an eye on briefly explaining our Orthodox perspective - turning to the Scriptures and the Fathers - within the wider context of how we react to other theories of the atonement that seem problematic to us.

  5. At the Midpoint: The Opportunity to be Strengthened and Begin Anew

    Dear Parish Faithful,

    "Before Thy Cross, we bow down in worship, O Master; and Thy holy Resurrection, we glorify."

    The Third Sunday of

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