St. Michael's Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
512 Summer St. Old Forge, PA 18518 / (570)-457-3703
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On Thoughts, Fantasies, and Distraction

Pay not attention to whatever the enemy says to you.  As soon as he is about to whisper something in your ear, immediately say, "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me," or "Save me," rapidly and without stopping, and soon you will see that the thought - or rather the pressure to accept the thought - has weakened, and you will not remember what exactly he was trying to say.

This method is simpler and more effective than rebuttal- that is, to contradict the thoughts suggested - because after the demon has left and finished everything he had to say, there is nothing left behind as a remnant or shadow.  Whereas with rebuttal, when he is defeated and departs, he leaves behind remants and shadows of whatever he suggested to the soul, that is, faint memories of what one fought against.  The first method - i.e., to take refuge immediately in the prayer - is relaxing, and the soul is quickly calmed.  On the other hand, the second method - rebuttal - is labrorious, and if the soul does not succeed with rebuttal, one is likely to be wounded in proportion to the demon's skill of persuasion.

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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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