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The World’s Oldest Christmas Carol

Published in the middle of the 19th century, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has captivated the English-speaking world. Hundreds of years before Dickens, a famous musician named Romanos the Melodist lived in 6th century Constantinople, the most important city in the Christian world at that time. Among many compositions, he is credited with writing the

Dec 19, 2014
The Sounding

A Christmas Festival in Ethiopia

David Adams is an Australian explorer and documentarian who travels the world. In a series called “Journeys to the Ends of the Earth” he spends…

Dec 19, 2014
Come Receive the Light

Santa Claus vs Saint Nicholas

Have you been good?  Is Santa coming to your house? Or do you favor St. Nicholas over the jolly man in red?  Listen as Fr. Chris Metropulos speaks with…

Dec 19, 2014
The Sounding

A New $10k Challenge Will Multiply Your Gift This Christmas

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The end of the year — and the Advent of our Lord in the Flesh — is fast approaching. It’s been a…

Dec 19, 2014
Orthodox News

Wide-Ranging Interview on the Ecumenical Patriarchate Published in English

Recently, the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate published a translation of a wide-ranging interview on the Ecumenical Patriarchate between a Turkish…

Dec 19, 2014
Living Traditions

Psenica: A Serbian Christmas Custom

On the feastday of St Nicholas, which occurs on December 19th in the Old Calendar, wheat grains (žito) are planted in a small bowl or plate for this Serbian…

Dec 19, 2014
The Sounding

A Recent Miracle of St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon

Whenever OCN publishes something about St. Luke the Blessed Surgeon, people are amazed at his life and inspired by his witness. Although a Russian saint,…

Dec 18, 2014
The Sounding

Journey to Bethlehem, Part 3

Click to read Part 1 and Part 2 The Angels are rejoicing and proclaiming the Good News.  The Magi, journeying from afar, bear their gifts foreshadowing…

Dec 18, 2014
Living Traditions

Christmas Bread with Figs

This is another version of the Christopsomo. From the region of Macedonia, Northern Greece, this bread contains figs, symbolic of prosperity, wealth, and…

Dec 18, 2014
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