The Three Best Recordings of Agni Parthene, an Orthodox Christian Hymn from Modern Times

The Three Best Recordings of Agni Parthene, an Orthodox Christian Hymn from Modern Times

Orthodox Christians aren’t known for liturgical innovation. Yet there continue to be new hymns written and new music composed. Perhaps one of the most famous recent hymns comes from the pen of St. Nektarios of Aegina. “Agni Parthene,” or “O Pure Virgin,” is a hymn to the Theotokos. Chanted in...

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NPR: For Iraqi Christians, Return To Captured City Is A Fraught Mandate

NPR: For Iraqi Christians, Return To Captured City Is A Fraught Mandate

For those of us watching the desperate plight of Christians in Iraq, it’s hard to imagine the courage it would take for a Christian to re-enter the city of Mosul. Less than a month ago, there was a mass exodus of Christians from the city as ISIS took control and...

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Οι δύο αφέντες

Οι δύο αφέντες

Ο Δημήτρης Καραβασίλης μεταφέροντας τον λόγο του Ευαγγελίου υπενθυμίζει οτι δεν είναι δυνατόν να δουλεύουμε σε δύο κυρίους. Ο Χριστός το λέει ξεκάθαρα: ή με τον Θεό η με τον μαμωμά. Η επιλογή αυτή έχει υπαρξιακές και οντολογικές επιπτώσεις καθώς αφορά πια σε όλη μας την ύπαρξη, τη ζωή, την...

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The Door of Lovingkindness

The Door of Lovingkindness

Lately my mind has been turning back to the years of my life when I, my husband, and our two small daughters lived in the student housing complex at the University of Notre Dame.  While I sometimes am nostalgic for our time there, I would never wish to go back...

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New York Times – The Spiritual Recession

New York Times – The Spiritual Recession

The New York Times featured an excellent editorial on ‘The Spiritual Recession’ on June 27, 2014. Op-Ed columnist David Brooks writes about the recession of spirituality, religion, capitalism and democracy and the rise of “debauched libertarianism” where “we just go our own separate ways making individual choices.” The article is notable,...

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The Dark Ages: Who Turned Out the Lights?

The Dark Ages: Who Turned Out the Lights?

Among the literature of those who make it their main business to vilify the Christians, perhaps no concept has served a more useful purpose than the idea of “the Dark Ages.” The Dark Ages, according to this reading of history, were those centuries in which the Church was culturally ascendant,...

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Parent Review: St. George and the Dragon

Parent Review: St. George and the Dragon

Brenda Praggastis and her teen-aged daughter Elena both read Michael Lotti’s new book, St. George and the Dragon. They agreed to read the book separately and write separate reviews, so that we could share with you both parent and teen perspectives on the book.  Here’s Brenda’s response to the book....

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Teen Review: St. George and the Dragon

Teen Review: St. George and the Dragon

Elena Praggastis and her mother Brenda both read Michael Lotti’s new book, St. George and the Dragon. They agreed to read the book separately and write separate reviews, so that we could share with you both parent and teen perspectives on the book.  Here’s Elena’s response to the book. Click...

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Again and Again

Again and Again

She’d just turned three and I found her sitting in the middle of a bedroom floor, carefully building a tower of wooden blocks. She didn’t notice my gaze, me just taking her in, wondering at her. Her attention was fixed on stacking another piece and I held my breath as...

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A Grammy-Winning Composer Saving the World through Beauty

A Grammy-Winning Composer Saving the World through Beauty

Prince Myskin, a character in Dostoevsky’s novel The Idiot, is famous for claiming that “beauty will save the world.” The prince would have loved Arvo Pärt, a Grammy-winning artist and Orthodox Christian from Estonia, who is currently the most performed choral composer in the world. Fr John Behr, Dean of...

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