Recently, I attended the wake and Trisagion service for His Grace, Bishop Athanasius (Akunda), of blessed memory. In that first sentence are at least four items of Orthodox Christian etiquette and protocol that, if you’ve been an Orthodox Christian for a long time, you may not notice, or, if you haven’t, may trip you up….
Today, we celebrate Joseph for listening to God’s instructions and keeping Jesus and His mother safe. That was his job. Our job is to keep Jesus safe in our heart. So, what can we learn from what Joseph did?
This is a great time of year. We have Christmas and New Years, and we get time off school and work, and we get presents. But do you know what I like best about this time of year? We get to see family members who we don’t see a lot. We get to see our cousins, and our aunts and uncles, and grandparents, and maybe even our great grandparents.
Tomorrow, we celebrate the birth of Jesus—the Nativity—and today, the Sunday before Nativity, we learn about Jesus’ ancestors—His family. That’s right. Jesus has a family, just like you have a family.
The source of this information is the website of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in McKinney, Texas. Somewhere in the process of copying and pasting the text onto the page, the formatting got messed up, and no one has noticed yet. Here, I present the same information in a more readable format. Much of the…