St. Michael's Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
512 Summer St. Old Forge, PA 18518 / (570)-457-3703
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The Four Hundred Chapters on Love:

159. Keep yourself away from self love, the mother of vices, which is the irrational love of the body.  For from it surely arise the first three passionate and capital thoughts, gluttony, greed, and vainglory, which have their starting point in the seemingly necessary demands of the body and from which the whole catalogue of vices comes about.  Therefore, as was said, one must necessarily keep away from and do battle with this self love with full determination, for when this is overcome then are all its offspring likewise brought into line.

161.  It is said that the supreme state of prayer is when the mind passes outside the flesh and the world and while praying is completely without matter and form.  The one who preserves this state without compromise really "prays without ceasing."

167.  It is said that there are five reasons why we are allowed to be warred upon by the demons.  First, so that in offensive and defensive battle, we come to distinguish virtue and vice.  Second, that in acquiring virtue by struggles and toil we shall hold on to it firmly and steadfastly.  Third, that while advancing in virtue we do not become haughty but learn rather to be humble.  Fourth, that having experienced vice we will hate it with a consummate hate.  Fifth, and most important, that when we become detached we do not forget either our own weakness or the power of the one who has helped us.

St. Maximus the Confessor



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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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