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 the Spiritual Struggle

The faster you acquire a virtue, the easier it is lost.  The more slowly and laboriously you acquire it, the more steadfastly it remains; just like that squash plant that grew tall and said to the cypress tree:  "See how much I've grown in just a few days!  You've been here for so many years and haven't grown much at all!"  "Yes," said the cypress tree, "but you still haven't seen storms, heat waves, and cold spells!"

And after a little while, the squash plant dried up, while the cypress tree remained where it was!  This is also how a spiritual man is.  Both during a storm and in times of peace he remains the same.  Why? Because the long period of time has created stability.  When he first renounced the world, his spiritual condition was unstable, but with time, the grace of God gradually worked out his salvation and freedom from the passions.  Thus, a person needs to force himself today, and the grace of God will start acting by itself tomorrow.

Elder Ephraim from the Holy Mountain



The Dark Side
17 Jan 2017 at 9:40am

Praying to Saints
16 Jan 2017 at 9:48am

The Ancient Faith
13 Jan 2017 at 1:18pm

The Heart
12 Jan 2017 at 10:31am

Incarnating Christ
10 Jan 2017 at 10:09am

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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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