St. Michael's Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
512 Summer St. Old Forge, PA 18518 / (570)-457-3703
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On Pride, Self-Reproach, and Humility

One father was going to bring another brother to trial, or, rather, prosecute him.  So he went to Abba Sisoes and said to him: "Father, I am going to bring charges against my brother because he has done such and such an evil to me."

"Forgive him, pardon him."  "No, he answered, "if I pardon him he will do it to me again.  This man must be punished."  "Eh, fine, my child.  Let us say a prayer and then go."

So they knelt, and Abba Sisoes began praying: "Our Father.. and do not forgive us our debts, as we do not forgive our debtors..."  "That's not right, father," he said, "you made a mistake."  "Since you want to take your brother to the judge, this is how we will pray."  Then the brother realized his mistake, repented and did not go to denounce his brother.

So there is one great truth: that just as our heart is disposed towards our brother, in the same way the heart of God will be disposed towards us.  Do you want God to forgive your errors?  Do you want Him to love you with all your heart?  Then you too should love and forgive with all your heart.

Elder Ephraim from the Holy Mountain



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St. Michael's Orthodox Church
512 Summer St.; Old Forge, PA 18518
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The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

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St. Michael Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon), Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Old Forge and the local area. 

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The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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