Russian Rapper: Orthodox Priest Uses Hip Hop to Spread Faith

Russian Rapper: Orthodox Priest Uses Hip Hop to Spread Faith

Fr. Maxim Kurlenko is a Russian Orthodox priest in a small town. But he’s also something of a minor hip hop star, at least amongst a growing number of Russians who prefer their hip hop to blend beats with some churchly exhortation — and some harsh words for the West....

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Telegraph: Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim walks free from prison

Telegraph: Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim walks free from prison

We pray that this time the good news will prove to be true, and that she will be able to return to a safe and peaceful life, together with her husband and children. The Telegraph reports: Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim walks free from prison Meriam Ibrahim, the woman sentenced to...

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WATCH: A New Movie About St. Luke of Crimea, a World Famous Surgeon

WATCH: A New Movie About St. Luke of Crimea, a World Famous Surgeon

“Luka,” a new movie filmed in Ukraine and Belarus, tells the dramatic story of the world famous surgeon who would become St. Luke of Crimea. The film’s synoposis says: The year is 1917. Young doctor Valentin Voyno-Yasenetskyj with his wife and four children moved to Tashkent, beset by civil war...

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Church and Nationality

Church and Nationality

On the Sunday following the Sunday of all Saint, the national Orthodox Churches around the world celebrate their local saints. Greece celebrates its saints, Romania its own, even Mont Athos has its own celebration. The question I am asking myself, is what saints should we celebrate in our Greek Orthodox...

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Pravmir: Greeks Recognized as the Most Religious People in the European Union

Pravmir: Greeks Recognized as the Most Religious People in the European Union

In countries where there is no state religion, one sometimes hears the argument that a state religion makes people less religious, not more. The results of a new survey can raise some questions about that assumption. Greeks Recognized as the Most Religious People in the European Union PRAVMIR. June 20,...

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How to Live in the Jordan

How to Live in the Jordan

In a house full of children, a mother has to wake up early to hear the silence. An hour before sunrise, an alarm set quiet wakes me from sleep. That’s when I open my eyes and I listen. I make sure no one’s stirring, make certain this house lies covered...

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Christians and Guns

Christians and Guns

Consider the following scenario: a man breaks into the house of another man, a Christian. The Christian whose house is broken into is afraid, and gets the gun that he keeps in his house. After shouting at the intruder, he takes aim and shoots him, killing him so that the...

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Vaccinations, Fetal Cell Cultures, and Orthodoxy

Vaccinations, Fetal Cell Cultures, and Orthodoxy

Should a Christian refuse to vaccinate their children with some vaccines because they were cultured on cells extracted from aborted fetuses? Lately, I have begun to be asked that question by young Orthodox couples who wish an Orthodox answer. Many of you may not know the background to that question....

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One in Christ, One in Communion

One in Christ, One in Communion

In my former home parish of Saint Michael, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, I incorporated a stylized wheat and grapevine motif into the walls’ adornment. While they are a lovely choice visually, the real beauty is in their meaning. Grapes and wheat are food plants, but significantly and especially, they produce food which...

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“The Orthodox Contribution to the Ecumenical Discussion on the Church”: An Unpublished Lecture Series by Fr. Georges Florovsky

“The Orthodox Contribution to the Ecumenical Discussion on the Church”: An Unpublished Lecture Series by Fr. Georges Florovsky

Fr. Georges Florovsky (1893-1979) rose to international prominence as an Orthodox theologian at a time when there was great interest in Eastern Orthodoxy but exceedingly few resources to learn about the topic in Western languages. Florovsky’s work filled a tremendous void, introducing countless numbers of Western Christians to the history,...

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