REVIEW: The Legend of the Cross

REVIEW: The Legend of the Cross

A lot of stories have grown up around the Cross over the course of Christian history, and in a beautiful new picture book for young readers, Chrissi Hart has gathered some of these and woven them into an eon-spanning tale, from Adam’s death through to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of...

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Leaving Christ’s Tomb and the Holy Land, and Becoming Guardians of the Tomb

Leaving Christ’s Tomb and the Holy Land, and Becoming Guardians of the Tomb

This past Friday (March 14, 2014), our group of 50 OCN pilgrims departed from the Holy Land and returned to our homes in the United States. I had the opportunity to interview many of the pilgrims and ask them their reflections from the trip. Their insights are reflected below, together...

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Blessings Beyond Bars

Blessings Beyond Bars

The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) has recently launched its first Lenten Youth Project, Blessings Beyond Bars, which engages children and young adults to learn about prison ministry. OCPM provides an interactive lesson plan, hands-on craft activity and fundraising ideas for youth. The lesson plan can be done with youth...

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Metropolitan Philip in the Eyes of Others

Metropolitan Philip in the Eyes of Others

I did not personally know Metropolitan PHILIP (Saliba). Oh, of course, I have met him. After all, I am an Antiochian priest, and I have attended clergy conferences. Realistically, other than greeting him in passing, I never knew him. But, I know people who knew him, and, more important, I...

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Teaching the Annunciation

Teaching the Annunciation

The feast of the Annunciation is a glorious respite in the middle of Great Lent. For adults, there are numerous church services and fasting to prepare us for Pascha. Since children aren’t fasting and most are probably not paying attention completely when they are in church, it is important to...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 25

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 25

The Gospel of Matthew 11:12-30 John and Jesus are Rejected Jesus praises John as a man who is not an insubstantial reed, blown about by the winds of popularity, but a man of principle, moved by no one’s threats. John the Baptist is pivotal to the closing of the Old...

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Sunday of the Holy Cross

Sunday of the Holy Cross

This is the day of the veneration of the Precious Cross. Now it is placed before us and shines with the brightness of Christ’s Resurrection. Let us all draw near and kiss it with great rejoicing in our souls. Let heaven and earth give praise with one accord, for the...

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Απαρνούμαι τον εαυτό μου

Απαρνούμαι τον εαυτό μου

Ο Δημήτρης Καραβασίλης με αφορμή τα λόγια του Κυρίου ” «Όποιος θέλει να με ακολουθήσει, ας απαρνηθεί τον εαυτό του, ας σηκώσει τον σταυρό του κι ας με ακολουθεί».εστιάζει το ενδιαφέρον της εκπομπής στην ανάλυση της φράσης “ας απαρνηθεί τον εαυτό του”. Τι σημαίνει; Τι επιπτώσεις έχει στην σημερινή μας...

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Archbishop Demetrios of America Issues Letter of Condolences for the Passing of Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Archdiocese

Archbishop Demetrios of America Issues Letter of Condolences for the Passing of Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Archdiocese

NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, as Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, upon the falling asleep in the Lord of Metropolitan Philip (March 19, 2014), issued a letter of condolences to the faithful of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, which...

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Stewardship and Faith

Stewardship and Faith

In this video, Fr. Chris speaks with Bill Marianes, an archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, attorney, and expert on mobilizing Church Stewardship. Mr. Marianes defines Stewardship as “What you do with the gifts God gave you.”  In this interview, he describes how Orthodox Christians should approach the topic in their...

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We’ve Gotten Stewardship All Wrong

We’ve Gotten Stewardship All Wrong

This kickoff podcast explains why our current Parish approaches to stewardship completely miss the mark and introduces a series of podcasts that will explore a new stewardship, Parish and personal paradigm.

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How to Read the Bible Like Saint Andrew of Crete

How to Read the Bible Like Saint Andrew of Crete

Lent has begun. You finish the work day exhausted, stumbling into your darkened church. As you struggle to clear your mind of the worries of the work day, and the troubles that will meet you tomorrow, strange sounds enter your head: “The place of bodily Eve has been taken for...

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