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This section contains the writtings and articles by Bishop Paul Peter Jessep.
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The world around us seems to stand still, as the pageantry of the Master's saving work unfolds in the church services. For a short time in the year, the clock of the liturgy becomes stronger than the clock of secularism. And then we reach "the hour" of Jesus and we become enfolded in all that it means for us as believers.
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We begin Great Lent with a special prayer, found in the Slavonic Trebnyks, that sums up all of the journey that we are about to embark on. It concludes by mentioning the goal and destination of this season - the confession of sins and communion in the Divine Mysteries of Christ. A similar prayer is also found in our books, to be recited at Lent's conclusion and destination - before the Life-giving Tomb of our Savior. This prayer lists the various wonders we have witnessed during this sacred time and once again mentions the practices of the Paschal confession and communion.
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We realize that in our times, many may find it difficult to keep the complete traditional Lenten fasting rules. Therefore, out of pastoral sensitivity, we offer the following minimal requirements to be observed by all the faithful of our Metropolia. Those of a stronger discipline are encouraged to follow the traditional observance to the best of their abilities, according to their state in life..
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God's reign - the Christian life is one that breaks down the barriers of diversity, oppression and marginalization, to reflect that unity of God's saving presence among us. With Christ in our midst - among us and between us, there is no room for division, prejudice or alienation of one to another. There is no place in God, for exclusion, self-righteousness or judgment of our neighbor. In Jesus' presence, there is only to be peace, acceptance, tranquility and solidarity among those who claim to be his disciples.
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President Ford, a long time member of the US Congress, did not have ambitions to ascend the the office of president, but humbly accepted the responsibility when called upon to serve his country. Through his gentle spirit, unassuming character and wisdom when faced with difficult decisions, the President was able to restore unity to the nation and respect during one of the most divisive times in the country's history. For this effort, he is remembered by historians as the "great healer."
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On the Sunday before Christmas, we read at the Divine Liturgy, the Gospel account from St. Matthew, relating the "genealogy of Christ." The names of many persons of the Old Testament are mentioned, from the patriarch Abraham up until the time of Jesus. Matthew had specific reasons for mentioning all of these names, in order to show that, in accordance with prophesies from the Hebrew Scriptures, the Messiah would descend from the tribe of David. All of these people of long ago pointed the way to Christ, and played a significant role in the person that he would be in salvation history.
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Саме слово «релігія» походить від латинського religare – «возз’єднувати», в сенсі відновлення обірваного зв’язку.  Отож, кожна релігійна традиція свідчить, що сенс нашого життя – це возз’єднання з Абсолютом. З іншого боку, майже всі релігійні традиції свідчать про те, що найкраще слово, яке може якимось чином висловити Невимовного – це «любов». Однак лише християнство до кінця відкриває таїну Любові. Бог є любов, свідчить християнське Одкровення, і ця любов настільки абсолютна та несамовита, що Бог стає людиною
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In later times, the church has attempted to place a dual spirit of "joyful expectation" on the celebration of Advent or the Christmas Lent. These weeks remind us not only of the first coming of Christ, over 2000 years ago, but call us to look forward towards the second coming of our Savior, at the consummation of the world. This future coming of Christ will be quite different from the birth celebrated on the 25th. of December. It reminds us to always be vigilant, prepared and to continually anticipate the "time and the hour" of Our Lord's triumphant return.
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We are disheartened to learn of the ordination of priests and deacons in Western Ukraine, who follow the "Society of St. Pius X," a movement which seperated itself from the Catholic Church following the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, under the leadership of the late excommunicated French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. This movement, which until the last decade was confined to the Roman Rite, has now attempted to make inroads among the Greek Catholic faithful in Ukraine, who have always followed the Byzantine-Orthodox rituals and traditions.
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