St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, A Pan-Orthodox Christian Mission Parish, Murphy, North Carolina

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

A Molieben of Thanksgiving Priest: Blessed is our God, + always, now and ever and forever People: Amen. Priest: +Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One: have mercy on us. People: +Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One: have mercy on us. Priest: +Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One: have mercy […]

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Invariably, I find myself after the fast thinking of things I should have thought of during the fast. For the forty days of the Nativity Fast, I was so busy with one thing or another that I failed to focus on the important things. Things like, say, love and how it is expressed. Just like […]

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Christ is born! Glorify Him! The Discourse on the Nativity of Christ by Our Father among the Saints Gregory Thaumaturgus the Wonderworker Christ is Born! The Nativity Discourse of St. Gregory Thaumaturgus Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus, who lived from about 213 AD until about 270 AD, was the Bishop of Neo-Caesarea. We behold now a great […]

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

We are on the very brink of the feast! The fast is almost at an end, and our joy will be complete in only a few days. Our schedule for the Nativity will be as follows: December 24, 9:00 a.m. — Royal Hours of the Nativity. If you have never experienced the Royal Hours, you […]

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

On March 3, Fr. James was invited to deliver a homily at a Community Lenten Service at St. William’s Catholic Church. The text he was asked to speak from was Matthew 20:17-28. What follows is that homily. Many thanks to St. William’s and its pastor, Fr. George Kloster, for their gracious invitation and hospitality. When […]

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

We are at the midpoint, more or less, of a deeply festive season. We have welcomed the Infant Jesus into the world, in the cold silence of a Bethlehem night. We have joined the shepherds and the angels, the Magi and the beasts of the field, in adoration of God made flesh. In the joy […]

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The last Divine Liturgy celebrated by Fr. Alexander Schmemann was on the morning of Thanksgiving in 1983. He fell asleep in the Lord not long after, on December 13. That his final liturgy should occur on Thanksgiving Day was particularly appropriate since Father Alexander had devoted his whole life to teaching, writing and preaching about […]

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Here in the church there is the one thing needful: Here is a refuge from the vanity and the storms of life. Here is the calm harbor for souls seeking after salvation. Here is incorruptible food and drink for the soul. Here is the light that enlightens all men existing upon earth. Here is the […]

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

To believe that God exists is one thing, to know God another. — St. Silouan the Athonite

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

The same field shown in our header photograph A slightly different perspective The pasture where we walk the dogs