Al Arabiya: After Release, Sudan’s Meriam Ibrahim Speaks Out

Al Arabiya: After Release, Sudan’s Meriam Ibrahim Speaks Out

Meriam Ibrahim is still separated from her family, but she and they are both safe. Now she speaks out about her situation and her concern for her new baby. Al Arabiya’s English edition has this report. After release, Sudan’s Meriam Ibrahim speaks out by Staff Writer, Al Arabiya News Mariam...

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A Spiritual Explanation of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy

A Spiritual Explanation of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgies celebrated in the Orthodox Church have deep roots in the earliest centuries of Christian worship and have formed countless saints. The 30-minute YouTube documentary above, “Fountain of Immortality – A Spiritual Meditation from the Holy Fathers on the Divine Liturgy,” is a peaceful and informative overview of...

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Secular Privilege and Natural Law

Secular Privilege and Natural Law

Two of the best Orthodox Christian commentators on current events today are (in my view) John Kass, the main columnist for the Chicago Tribune, and Rod Dreher, columnist for the online American Conservative. Both are friends (John I have known in person from when I worked as a reporter for...

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Getty Iris: What Did the Byzantine Empire Smell Like?

Getty Iris: What Did the Byzantine Empire Smell Like?

If you lived at the time of the Byzantine Empire, what would your daily life be like? Read about this attempt to recreate the scents of worship, home, and humanity in Constantinople – including instructions for bringing these aromas to your own modern-day home. What Did the Byzantine Empire Smell...

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Encountering Orthodox Christianity for the First Time

Encountering Orthodox Christianity for the First Time

There’s a lot to like in this short YouTube video. It’s produced by SoulPancake, a company founded by actor Rainn Wilson (who plays Dwight on the hit US version of “The Office”). SoulPancake’s purpose is to use media to help people from all walks of life discuss and question what...

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Fr. John Romanides on Life on Other Planets

Fr. John Romanides on Life on Other Planets

In 1965, the Boston Globe ran a series of articles about life on other planets. One article was authored by Fr. John Romanides, who presented an Orthodox perspective on the question of life outside of planet Earth. All Planets the Same: Religion’s Response to Space Life V Rev. John S....

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Slipping

Slipping

One psalm tells me, “He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber” (Psalm 121:3). That’s good news. Why do I feel like I’m slipping anyway? I write this post at 2:00 am, knowing that I need to get up for liturgy in 4...

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Interfax: Number of Orthodox up in Russia but only few go to church, pray regularly – poll

Interfax: Number of Orthodox up in Russia but only few go to church, pray regularly – poll

Many consider Russia to be the largest concentration of Orthodox Christians in the world, and with good reason. But a recent poll shows the situation may be more complex than that. Number of Orthodox up in Russia but only few go to church, pray regularly – poll Moscow, July 4,...

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The Treasure Hunt

The Treasure Hunt

Attending the services is a matter of constant movement. My arms, they’re seldom empty and it’s a rare occasion I find myself ending a service standing in the spot where I began. I’ve long abandoned that naive notion, the one that equates the caring for young children with lost opportunities....

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