I Was in Prison and You Visited Me

I Was in Prison and You Visited Me

James Blackstock of the St. Seraphim Prison Ministry in Florida talks about his experience working with inmates in a maximum security prison. Questions include: * Tell us about your experience witnessing the Chrismation of a man who had been on death row for 17 years. * What is your opinion...

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Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow on Ecumenism

Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow on Ecumenism

The recent meeting of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis in Jerusalem has met with many responses and has led to several very spirited discussions on OCN’s increasingly dynamic Facebook page. Central to these debates is the question of ecumenical relations in general: what should the Orthodox Church’s approach be...

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My Not Greek, Not Russian Orthodoxy

My Not Greek, Not Russian Orthodoxy

Usually when people hear the word Orthodox, they either think “Greek” or “Russian,” and some even think Orthodox Jewish. However, my Orthodoxy is known as Serbian Orthodoxy. Orthodoxy itself is the oldest branch of Christianity, and it spread to Serbia from Greece. The Greeks played a great part in converting...

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Meditation on Modern Christian Art

Meditation on Modern Christian Art

One sunny afternoon, I was among a group of clergy invited to view a series of art pieces in St. David’s Anglican Church in Vancouver, a series of Stations of the Cross displayed throughout the nave of the church, the work of local artist Chris Woods. A sample of them,...

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The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

“There is only one salvation for you: take yourself up, and make yourself responsible for all the sins of men. For indeed it is so, my friend, and the moment you make yourself sincerely responsible for everything and everyone, you will see at once that it is really so, that...

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Monastic Prayers and Sleep

Monastic Prayers and Sleep

From an NPR program: One particularly fascinating sleep fact that Randall reports is that the sleep rhythms of the human brain have fundamentally changed over the centuries. Medieval literary texts, medical manuscripts and tales make reference to a mysterious “first sleep” and “second sleep.” The “first sleep” began shortly after...

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