The Mystagogy Resource Center is currently in a fundraising campaign to continue and expand its service. Your financial support is very much appreciated. Read more about it here. Whatever contribution you make, will be matched by an anonymous supporter, thus doubling your gift.

In an effort to reach our financial goal of $10,000 we will be absent from posting and working behind the scenes until the goal is met.

Currently, as of Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 8:00am est., we are at 53% of our goal.

I hope you will help us reach our goal quickly. If everyone that visited this site today contributed just a few dollars, the goal would be reached in a matter of hours. Thank you!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Week 3 Update on the Paschal Appeal


Dear friends and readers:

Christ is Risen!

Though contributions had slowed down in the second week, it is my hope that in this third week things will pick up again to reach our goal. Currently we are about half way to our goal, at 49%, and for this I extend my great appreciation to all who have thus far contributed.

To help along in reaching our $10,000 goal, I was informed this morning of some exciting news by someone who wishes to remain anonymous that they would be willing to offer a matching contribution if another $2500 is raised. Therefore, if we can raise another $2500, which would bring us at 75% of our goal, he would match that amount to bring it automatically to 100%. Thus whatever gift you contribute, will be doubled! What a great opportunity for this ministry!

To raise the incentive to contribute to this ministry, and to prove that it is making an impact, it was brought to my attention last week that the Mystagogy Resource Center, or specifically this site, is currently the 14th most popular blog in religion on the internet, and the only Orthodox blog on the list of the fifty most popular. It is also 3rd in unique monthly visitors, 10th in number of pages indexed by Google, 10th in number of incoming links, 14th in Google PR, 4th in Alexa site rank, and 3rd in compete rank.

Thank you all for visiting and taking advantage of the unique resources provided by the Mystagogy Resource Center!

Please take advantage of the offer for a matching contribution by sending along your gift today!

With love in the Risen Lord,

John Sanidopoulos

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Week 2 Update on the Paschal Appeal


Dear friends and readers:

Christ is Risen!

First of all, a big thank you to all those who have thus far responded to the fund raiser/appeal that began a week ago in support of this ministry (see the previous post for details). Your generosity is much appreciated. We have so far reached 33% of our goal of $10,000. For those who have not yet contributed, please do so today to help us reach our goal.

Secondly, every contribution counts. As I've said in the past, if you value this ministry yet are unable to contribute, even if each of my readers gave $1 the goal would be met within a few days. No one has ever taken me up on this offer, since the lowest contribution I have ever received is $5. So if you feel like only a large contribution will count, and you are unable to make such a contribution, please consider giving whatever you can afford. This is one of the reasons I included a $2.50 subscription offer as well.

Third, regular posting will continue when the goal is met. Meanwhile I am working on projects behind the scenes which this fundraiser will help bring to fruition. If the goal is met this week, this will be the final update.

Fourth, for those wanting to keep up with the daily feasts and saints of the day till my return, you can read about the Saints and Feasts of May here and about the Pentecostarion period we are in here. On our Facebook and Twitter pages, we have also made occasional posts from the past, including the top ten most read posts of all time, and will continue making occasional posts.

Lastly, three times a day or so I update where we are at with reaching the goal at the top of this page. As I said above, we are currently as of the writing of this update at 10:00 am, at 33% of our goal.

With much appreciation for your help and support,

John Sanidopoulos

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Paschal Appeal from the Mystagogy Resource Center


Dear friends:

Christ is Risen!

I hope this past Great Lent and Holy Week were spiritually fruitful for you, and the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord was filled with joy and a fulfillment of all your expectations and anticipations.

Every year during the second week of Pascha I make it a point to take some time off away from posting to catch up on other business matters. And probably the most important of these matters is a fund-raising campaign for this ministry, since without the financial support of my readers, this ministry cannot move forward. Your generosity over the past three years has kept this ministry alive allowing it to be a blessing to thousands of people around the world. Please continue to lend your financial support, increase it if possible, and if this ministry is somewhat of a blessing in your day and you don't financially support this ministry please consider doing so today.

This year the Mystagogy Resource Center is committed to growth in new and exciting ways. The only thing standing in its way is the financial ability to do so. Though many people have been a blessing to this ministry with their support, financially it is still far from the goal. 2016 was supposed to be the year of publishing some new important Orthodox books, expanding and unifying and developing our online presence (which covers many things), and hoping to hire some people that will help me to get this all done. There's only so much one person can do in a day, unfortunately. It also has placed a financial burden on myself, which can't continue for too much longer.

The best way to support the Mystagogy Resource Center is by giving a one-time financial gift of what you are able to give, and continuing that support with a monthly subscription of what you can financially afford, thus becoming a partner and team member of this ministry. Up until recently I used to buy a small cup of iced coffee around five days a week for about $2.00, which totaled around $40.00 to $50.00 a month, an amount way beyond my financial capabilities these days. It's pretty insane when you think about how much something like that adds up. Because of my recent health issues that I recently wrote about elsewhere, I had to give up coffee altogether, allowing me to use that money for something more important. Coffee was more a pleasure than important to me, but perhaps you also can somewhat decrease something pleasurable in your life to allow you to give financially to something more important, like to your parish, to a charity, and even to a ministry like the Mystagogy Resource Center that has been a blessing in your life and in the lives of thousands around the world, literally in every nation, city and even remote places.

Having said that, if you are able to contribute a gift of $60 or more today, I will send you at no extra cost a copy of a booklet I wrote a while ago at the request of a former Protestant professor of mine titled Ten Reasons I Believe in the Holy Light of Jerusalem, with some updated information. For a gift of $50 or more, or at least a $10 a month subscription, I will also sign you up to have access to a private website that will feature updated information and excerpts from the future publications of this ministry. This website will be launched, due to certain technical issues over the past few months when it should have been launched, within a week or two. And all who donate will also be signed up for a monthly email personal newsletter which will begin in June, and your names as well as the names you submit for both your living and departed loved ones will be included in a list of names I submit to six monasteries. I have a goal of raising at least $10,000 with this campaign, and this appeal will determine the direction of this ministry for the coming year. To reach this goal, everyone's help is needed. Never has this ministry raised such an amount in the past.

Thank you for your prayers and support!

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John Sanidopoulos
PO Box 320284
West Roxbury, MA 02132


With love in the Risen Christ,

John Sanidopoulos,

Director of the Mystagogy Resource Center

The True Pascha of the Church


There is a paschal homily circulating online by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos that is titled in English "Pascha in the West and the East". I'm not sure who translated it, but it contains some errors in translation and it edits out certain sentences and paragraphs that places certain expressions out of context, albeit they are somewhat controversial. Even the given title is a bit misleading and covers only a small portion of the text, which is originally titled by the author as "Our Pascha", but I have expanded to "The True Pascha of the Church". Below I have translated the entire text to put it in its proper context, though I have kept as much of the previous translation as possible.

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou

Pascha is a feast of spring, but also a feast of the Christian who lives in the sphere of the Church. Spring is the festival of nature, which awakens from the slumber of winter and is preparing for fruition. And Christian Pascha is the spring of our life, that awakens from the darkness of death and prepares for its transcendence. "Pascha, the Lord’s Pascha; for Christ God has brought us from death to life."

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Pan-Orthodox Synod and Saint Porphyrios


By Kostas Nousis

The voices against the future Pan-Orthodox Synod do not seem to cease. Freedom of expression is a given. Besides, the disclosure of the pre-synodal texts gives and indirectly solicits the use of this right.

On the other hand, however, we should consider soberly and seriously whether the objecting voices are essential and not affected by fundamentalism, and not necessarily produced by malicious pens. As I write the above I have in mind the recent document of the Bulgarian Church and letters from certain monasteries of Mount Athos. I will begin with the Bulgarian text, which of course in its substance is relevant to the texts of the protests and disagreements produced in the letters from Mount Athos.[1] One thing that seems to strongly annoy is the term "Church", when it is attributed to the heterodox. According to dogmatic precision, this is a proper objection. The Church is one and single, the Body of Christ. It is undivided and unpartitioned. It is identified without fail with the Orthodox Canonical Dioceses. Beyond this however there should be a flexibility in dialogue and in the terminological uses with those we are in dialogue with. Moreover, the ecclesiastical and patristic tradition testifies to the freedom of the Church against words and names and in the persistence of seeking the substance, the truth of things: "Truth and piety is not in words, but in reality," says Gregory the Theologian. "We make our struggle on behalf of doctrine and reality. In matters of reality we are unanimous, though we differ in words" (Synodal Tome of 1351).

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