Save the Date: New Live-Stream Bible Study Starts Tomorrow!

Save the Date: New Live-Stream Bible Study Starts Tomorrow!

Welcome to our online Bible study!  Fr. Athanasios Haros, host of “Be Transfigured!”, will be leading us in “The Church of the Holy Apostles: A Bible Study on the Book of Acts.” Our class will air each Wednesday night at 7:00 PM Eastern time, and you will be able to...

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Rituals and Sacraments

Rituals and Sacraments

It is difficult to open a book of systematic theology and not find reference to “the seven sacraments,” often capitalized for greater effect: The Seven Sacraments. They take their place in a list of other enumerated realities—the Seven Deadly Sins, the Seven Virtues, the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy, the...

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NewsNow: Romanian Christians Facing Persecution in California

NewsNow: Romanian Christians Facing Persecution in California

By Charlie Butts Romanian Christians are familiar with persecution in their home country but they didn’t expect to encounter it in America. The Holy Resurrection Romanian Orthodox Church struggled to find a place to worship in California. After finding a place in the Rio Linda area of Sacramento, church members...

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Ecumenical Patriarch Declares Day of Prayer for the Environment

Ecumenical Patriarch Declares Day of Prayer for the Environment

Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year Prot. No. 907 + BARTHOLOMEW By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Entire Church: Grace and Peace from the Creator, Sustainer and Governor of all Creation, our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ Blessed brothers, sisters, and children...

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World Bulletin: Turkey’s Erdogan says Greek Orthodox school may reopen

World Bulletin: Turkey’s Erdogan says Greek Orthodox school may reopen

(World Bulletin / News Desk) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday the Halki seminary could be opened, but simultaneous steps should be taken by the Greek side to improve the religious affairs of the Muslim community in Western Thrace. Established in 1844 on the island of Heybeliada in...

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Even Ascetics Need Community

Even Ascetics Need Community

They said of an old man that he went on fasting for seventy weeks, eating a meal only once a week. He asked of God the meaning of a text of the Holy Scriptures and God did not reveal it to him. So he said to himself: “Here I am:...

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Suicide, Hell, and God’s Mercy

Suicide, Hell, and God’s Mercy

As I’ve written before, I have quite recently and for a few years now been struggling through the depression of a loved one. Robin Williams’ tragedy has me thinking more about the consequences of suicide — wondering, worrying, and hoping in God’s Mercy. As someone who grew up Catholic, I...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! On September 1st, Orthodox Christians from around the world who follow the New Calendar ushered in the beginning of yet another ecclesiastical year, a day of joyful celebration and expectation that the Church calls the Indiction. The Indictio, as it is known in Latin, was a Roman...

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