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

198.  The one who keeps untarnished the way of virtue with religious and upright knowledge and does not fall away will discover the presence of God in him through detachment.  "I will sing and be wise in a blameless path when you come to me."  The psalm means a virtuous way of asceticism; being wise in the gnostic understanding which comes from virtue whereby one who waits for the Lord in the watchfulness of the virtues experiences the divine presence.

199.  It is not necessary that the beginner in devotion be led to the practice of the commandments by goodness alone, but also that he struggle more often in severe trials by keeping in mind the divine judgments.  In this way he not only loves by longing for the divine but also resists our of fear and wickedness.  "I will sing to you, Lord of mercy and judgment" - so that gladdened by longing he might address God, and being furnished a mouth by fear he might make bold to sing.

200.  The one who has joined the body to the soul through virtue and knowledge has become a lyre and a flute and a temple.  A lyre, firstly, because he beautifully maintains the harmony of the virtues; next, a flute because through the divine experiences he receives the Spirit's inspiration; finally, a temple because through purity of his mind he has become the Word's dwelling place.

St. Maximus the Confessor



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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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