This Week in Orthodoxy- March 7, 2014

This Week in Orthodoxy- March 7, 2014

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. Segment 1: News from around the Globe Representatives of all canonical Orthodox Churches to meet in Istanbul March 6 to 9 Our top story this week: Primates and...

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Sunday of Orthodoxy: Message from the Assembly of Bishops

Sunday of Orthodoxy: Message from the Assembly of Bishops

The grace of truth has shone out; the things prefigured in shadows in times of old have now been openly fulfilled in words…in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, and in icons. (From the Vespers of the Sunday of Orthodoxy) To the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and...

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Day 2: Living Words

Day 2: Living Words

Today, Friday, is coming to a close, and if I had to sum up remarks from the group, it was about bringing the words of the Bible to life. We visited Capernaum and walked into the temple where Christ preached, walked, and performed miracles. We noted the milestone markers that date...

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The Pilgrimage Begins

The Pilgrimage Begins

The Orthodox Christian Network pilgrims arrived safely in Tel Aviv yesterday afternoon – – a group of 50 attendees of a wide range of ages and backgrounds.  Led by Father Chris (Ft. Lauderdale and Executive Director of the OCN) and Father Steve (Washington, DC) – – and the group is evenly split...

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Ambling: Reflections of a First-Time Pilgrim

Ambling: Reflections of a First-Time Pilgrim

Apprehension was one of the primary feelings that filled me as I traveled from Boston to Newark, where I would join nearly 50 other OCN pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. It surprised me and, frankly, unsettled me. Why should I feel apprehensive? Three reasons, perhaps: 1) at home, all...

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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: Fasting

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: Fasting

In the first installment of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s 4-part Lenten series, His Excellency talks about fasting. Questions include: It can sometimes feel like “Lent” and “fasting” are synonymous. Should fasting be our primary focus during Lent? What is the connection between fasting and confession? Why is it so important to...

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A Visit to the Jordan River

A Visit to the Jordan River

In this video, viewers can learn more about the Jordan River, the life-blood of the Holy Land, and the site of Our Lord’s Baptism.

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Fasting from the Darkness

Fasting from the Darkness

Dear Friends of OCN, During this sacred season of Lent, we are invited to participate in Christ’s suffering and Resurrection. This year, many of us are wondering how much more suffering we can handle. We’re faced with our personal struggles and feel bombarded by global conflicts and a seemingly endless...

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“Unsolicited Advice”

“Unsolicited Advice”

I’m going to make the bold claim that this may be the most important post I’ve ever written. So pay attention to it. I have an unsolicited word of advice and it goes out to three categories of people. If you’re in a new relationship, if you’ve been in a...

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An Iconographer Travels to the Holy Land

An Iconographer Travels to the Holy Land

Iconographer and artist Brian Whirledge shares about his pilgrimage to the Holy Land and its lasting impact on his spiritual journey.

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The Tomb of Lazarus

The Tomb of Lazarus

It is easy to find the Tomb of Lazarus depressing. For one thing, it lies behind a formidable thirty-foot-high barrier, separating Palestinian Bethany from Israeli Jerusalem. Until recently, Bethany was an easy one-and-a-half-mile direct walk from Jerusalem, so that after our Lord left Bethany to enter Jerusalem in triumph and...

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Nazareth

Nazareth

The worst thing, I thought, was the traffic. That and a sign we passed in our taxi announcing “Nazareth Baptist Church,” for these things loudly proclaimed that we were in a modern city, which like any modern city of my acquaintance had traffic jams and Baptist churches. Intellectually, of course,...

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