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Orthodox Father Raphael: pure Orthodox faith


Saint Spiridon was a disciple of the Apostles He was a simple man He didn’t read many books He, as written in his Holy Hagiography, believed in Christ, crucified Christ. He didn’t have any other knowledge dear brothers and sisters He only believed in Apostolic preaching He was thought by those that God sent And through that faith…and which faith is that? Orthodox faith Simple, humble Apostolic faith Not with our attributions, expansions and additions Because of these expansions and additions we lost the power We lost mightiness We lost the faith brothers and sisters Many today don’t believe the right way They don’t believe the Orthodox way Only God’s patience is protecting us, but our faith will be tested Today, tomorrow-everyone’s faith will be tested St. Spiridon, receiving that (Orthodox) faith The one that the Apostles had taught him He started showing his might That God gave the Apostles All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28: 18) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19) And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you (Matthew 28:20) What do we know what God had commanded the Apostles? Very little Or nothing And what do we know about everything He had commanded us? Better not to mention it Therefore, we are in the state of great ignorance We are in the state of great disobedience And what is happening then… Then we don’t have the power And we began to doubt To doubt a lot and to lose the faith To “sell the faith for dinner” (Genesis 25:34) We started denouncing Christ The gold started shining with the demonic glow And St. Spiridon, the powers that he had dear brothers and sisters Mother brings him her dead daughter Sobing, doesn’t speak his language Crying in front of him He looks at the mother, examines, and sees thatit’s God’s will He then kneels, and starts praying the Lord: Lord, everything You say becomes, You make everything you say. Please console the mother, bring the daughter back to life And at that moment the child raises from the dead What a power brothers and sisters Let’s see someone today consoling the mother like this Not possible Why? There is no faith And what further happened Mother falls down and dies from too much excitement Daugher had risen, mother died What to do now? The same thing He (St. Spiridon) prays and raises the mother from dead All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18) Go and resurrect mothers, children… We have financial problems All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth The things that we do today brothers and sisters because of the cursed covetousness The things we are capable of doing And what St. Spiridon had done? Catches the snake(meter and a half long) and makes the golden bar out of the snake Troparion says it, believe it or not All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. He made the snake into gold St John the Apostle turned haystack into gold Was able to call the rain St. Spiridon was, dear brothers and sisters, and still is, great miraclewroker We can’t even have time to list all St. Spiridon’s miracles but you be diligent and read his Hagiography and you will see Why do we tell you all this? Not because we want to applaud St. Spiridon He is celebrated by all Heavenly powers And everything in the Church that is sanctified by the pure faith We celebrate him so that we, through St. Spiridon’s holiday, through open Heavens, can hear his Lord And St. Spiridon is here to testify that the word of God is truthful And until this day life giving What do we have to do? And where to we have to improve? We have to improve our faith To align our weak faith with the faith of our Church fathers To align our faith with the Orthodox tradition To adopt it and live that faith And through that adoption and believing life, God’s power will be possible brothers and sisters Great power of God Potentially, we are all miracleworkers Truly We don’t have to be miracleworkers of St. Spiridon’s magnitude He is a great miracleworker He is one of the great Church fathers His place is in the Holy altars With John Chrysostom, Basil the Great, Athanasius of Alexandria St. Sava is behind St. Spiridon These are the great Church fathers And they want to tell us Be a miracleworker in your space, in your church, in your family, in your ambiance Receive the pure faith and teach the people the pure faith Your family, your children, whoever God gave you If we don’t teach them And if we are not being taught pure faith Without any compromises, any expansions, additions We would then, brothers and sisters, receive the power The kind of power that Lord gave to His Church That He gave to the Apostles Holy Fathers and us if we are united with the Church the right way

Otis Rodgers

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