Foxholes and Bird Nests

Foxholes and Bird Nests

“Welcome to Canada.” The immigration official stapled a visitor record into my passport and waved the three of us on into the arms of awaiting family. Our six-month-old son met his maternal grandparents for the first time. We had our first bite of sushi in a year. And we slept...

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving Day here in Canada, and while we, as Orthodox Christians are supposed to be thankful for everything we have, and give glory to God for everything always, it’s good to be reminded that we’re supposed to do that. One thing I struggle with is the notion that we’re...

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Fourth Sunday of Luke

Fourth Sunday of Luke

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to...

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A Modern Debate in Ancient Times

A Modern Debate in Ancient Times

The more things change, the more they stay the same! On Harmony of Thunder, we face the question: “What was the Evolution vs. Creationism debate like in the fourth century? Was there even a debate happening at the time?” You bet there was, and St. Basil the Great put himself...

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Body Image: Plastic Surgery to Piercings

Body Image: Plastic Surgery to Piercings

The modern world is obsessed with a shallow view of beauty. On Orthodox Teen Talk Online, listen in as Fr. Chris and a group of young people discuss body image relating to plastic surgery, piercings, and the Temple of the Holy Spirit.

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Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Sower

Ο Δημήτρης Καραβασίλης παρουσιάζει μια ομιλία του Αγίου Κοσμά του Αιτωλού πάνω στην παραβολή του Σπορέα. Ο Άγιος Κοσμάς προσπαθεί να αποκωδικοποιήσει την παραβολή, τα πρόσωπα και πράγματα που εξελίσσονται σ αυτήν σε μια προσπάθεια να προσελκύσει τους ακροατές του κάθε εποχής να την ακούσουν και με την καρδιά τους.

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La Muerte y El Funeral

La Muerte y El Funeral

En este episodio de Vengan a Recibir la Luz, los presentadores Padre Aristidis Arizi y Padre David Wooten empiezan un serie de dos partes acerca de la muerte y el servicio funerario de la Iglesia Ortodoxa — ¿Qué es la muerte para nosotros, y qué nos enseña un funeral ortodoxo?...

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Oriental Orthodox or Eastern Orthodox?

Oriental Orthodox or Eastern Orthodox?

This week on CRTL, we hear from Fr. John Morris about something that many of us may not really know about: the historic and theological differences between the Oriental Orthodox Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. But first, all of us know at least one person who is older and...

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What Happened to the Family Dinner?

What Happened to the Family Dinner?

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” –Ronald Reagan So many families rarely have dinner together anymore. Dinner has become a grab-and-go, run out the door, stuff it down your throat ritual. We don’t sit down to be in the moment with our closest loved ones, to...

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Executive Director Meets Listeners on the Road

Executive Director Meets Listeners on the Road

During the course of the year, Fr. Christopher Metropulos, the Executive Director of OCN, travels to parishes and events around the country, sharing the story of OCN and its mission to bring Orthodoxy to all who long for it. He is pictured here delivering a message to the faithful of...

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Abraham’s Call, Our Call, Christ’s Call

Abraham’s Call, Our Call, Christ’s Call

In my last post, we examined part of Abraham’s story from a typical perspective of taking it as history and looking for applicable lessons. There remains at least one level of deeper interpretation called typology. Typology asks how the shape of a story echoes that of Pascha and salvation, and...

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Third Sunday of Luke

Third Sunday of Luke

Christ’s Apostle, who was filled with God’s divine grace, he who was His genuine and faithful servant in all truth, all-lauded Thomas exclaimed aloud in deep repentance: Thou art both my God and Lord. +Kontakion in the Fourth Tone +Thomas the Apostle– October 6

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