Monday, January 16, 2023



Monday, January 9, 2023

This Website Is Now Closed

Dear Readers:

As I announced a few weeks ago, this website is now closed.

This website currently has over 16,200 posts from 2009, and it is not designed to contain that much information. For this reason, nothing new will be added to this website. It will only serve as an archive of what I have already posted.

From now on, the primary website of the Mystagogy Resource Center with daily updates will be:
Please go there and subscribe and bookmark this site for your daily visitations. I have provided a LinkTree on that site with all the links you need for social media subscriptions.

The new website is a work in progress I will be working on all this week, adding some new features.

Besides the new website and the LinkTree account, I have also added a new YouTube channel. There are two videos there now, one I just upladed a few days ago. It is a fascinating 1987 documentary starring Sir Steven Runciman called "Bridge to the East". Please go take a look, and subscribe to be notified about new upcoming content.

There are many new and exciting things in store for the Mystagogy Resource Center in 2023.

Please support this ministry and thank you for keeping it going and thriving since 2009.

With love in Christ,

John Sanidopoulos

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Homily on the Sunday After Theophany (St. Luke of Simferopol)

By St. Luke, Archbishop of Simferopol and All Crimea

At Vespers of Great Feasts, the so-called narratives (paremoias) are read, which are usually excerpts from the books of the Old Testament. They set out the events of former times, reminiscent and even explaining what the Holy Church celebrates on a given day. On the greatest feasts, the number of narratives, usually not exceeding three, greatly increases, and on the day of the Resurrection of Christ it reaches fifteen, and on the day of Theophany - thirteen.

When considering the narratives of Theophany, it is immediately evident that they deal with miraculous changes in the properties of water under the direct influence of the commands of God Himself or the actions of the great Saints inspired by Him.

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Homily Two on the Feast of the Lord’s Theophany (St. John Maximovitch)

By St. John Maximovitch

"Today You appeared to the world, and Your light, O Lord, has left its mark upon us."

The feast of the Baptism of the Lord was called in ancient times "the Day of Lights".

The Baptism of Christ is the beginning of our enlightenment - the appearance of Christ to the world, the revelation of the Holy Trinity to people.

“Why,” the Golden-mouthed Teacher asks, “not the day on which He was born, but the day on which He was baptized, is it called the Theophany? Because now He has manifested to the world.”

Friday, January 6, 2023

Homily One on the Theophany of the Lord (St. Luke of Simferopol)

 By St. Luke, Archbishop of Simferopol and All Crimea

(Delivered in 1954)

All of you know that the people of Israel were the chosen people of God, but not everyone knows that this people in Holy Scripture is called the people with necks unbending as iron and foreheads as hard as bronze.

The brass-foreheaded people took the ardent calls of the great prophets for the correction of their ways and the great predictions about their Savior and the Messiah very hard and did not listen to them. They held their proud head high and did not bend their iron neck in repentance and humility.

The Son of God Himself descended to earth and incarnated in humble human nature. From His mouth the stiff-necked people of Israel heard the Divine message and the revelation of the mysteries of God; they saw many of His miracles.

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