Reception into the Catechumenate

Reception into the Catechumenate

We have seen how our present baptismal service is the result of long development, a part of which consisted of joining the rite for making a catechumen with the later baptismal rite proper. In this fusion, certain baptismal elements (such as the renunciation of Satan, the adherence to Christ, and...

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What Does It Mean to Love God?

What Does It Mean to Love God?

Yes, indeed, what does it mean to love God? We understand to love to mean many things. It is, in truth, as the poet says, “a many splendored thing.” The question is very real for Christians because the leader of our Faith, Jesus Christ, commanded us to love God. He...

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Saint Jacob Netsvetov

Saint Jacob Netsvetov

If you look at a map of Alaska, you’ll see it has a kind of tail leading away from the mainland toward Russia and Japan. That tail is made up of a large peninsula and hundreds of islands, some reasonably large, others nothing more than a small bare rock. Those...

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Should You Be a Martyr?

Should You Be a Martyr?

At a time when Christians in the Middle East are suffering and dying for the Faith, contemplate a reading of one of Fr. Stanley Harakas’ essays originally written for the National Herald entitled “Should you be a martyr?” Listen to Fr. Stanley’s words about what it means to be a...

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War and Stewardship

War and Stewardship

This podcast explores how the worldwide war being waged against Christians implicates our stewardship callings. We explore the clear and prophetic guidance by the Apostle Paul in 2nd Timothy that predicts what will happen and how we should live our lives and stewardship callings in response. Moreover, we explore 10...

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Blessed are the Persecuted

Blessed are the Persecuted

We all endure some form of suffering if we are Christian. Martyrdom is one of the most challenging to come to terms with – especially in our modern times. To help us draw closer to those who have been martyred and are being persecuted for the faith in the Middle...

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The Churching

The Churching

The little pew booklet which my church (the OCA) publishes for the baptismal service provides the text of the entire service of Holy Baptism as currently practiced, along with an introduction to the service to explain what it all means. Different jurisdictions have different practices: some practise the rite of...

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