St. Michael's Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
512 Summer St. Old Forge, PA 18518 / (570)-457-3703
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Quotes from the Saints

On Forecefullness, Courage, and Self-Denial

We should not postpone correcting ourselves, lest death finds us.  Then we shall weep and lament inconsolably - and I, first of all - without a single ray of hope that the tribulation will change. 

Compel yoursleves.  Behold, Great Lent has come.  However, it is not the fasting of the body as much as the fasting of the tongue, of the mind, of the heart, and of the senses that should preoccupy us especially now during Great Lent.  Let us purify ourselves with this kind of fasting internally, where spiritual snakes are lurking that poison the life of our soul and deaden our spiritual strenght, leaving it unable to correct and transfigure our soul.

Now, during Lent, compel yourselves even more.  Become sutbborn in your resolve; this stubbornness is holy and not egotistical.  You will see how much you will profit spiritually.  Merely for the promise that the passions will be suppressed and that we will avoid certain sins corresponding to our efforts, we have good reason to become stubborn with the devil, who continually throws us into the same old sins.

Elder Ephraim from the Holy Mountain



Guarding Our Attitude
27 Mar 2017 at 12:56pm

Good Works
24 Mar 2017 at 9:26am

The Struggle
23 Mar 2017 at 11:03am

Keeping Unrest at Bay
22 Mar 2017 at 9:40am

The Quest for Humility
21 Mar 2017 at 10:58am

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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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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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