Hierarchs Renew Support for Assembly Agencies

Hierarchs Renew Support for Assembly Agencies

Dallas, TX — The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America convened for a second day of meetings on Wednesday in Dallas, Texas. The session opened with a special video message from His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the members of the Assembly. “We are addressing...

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Wisdom and the Constancy of Light: Sermon on Psalm 103 (Vespers)

Wisdom and the Constancy of Light: Sermon on Psalm 103 (Vespers)

As we give blessing to God for the end of one day and the beginning of another, the words of Psalm 103 in our Vespers service bid us turn our thoughts to the Lord’s work in creating the world. 1. How magnified are thy works, O Lord! In wisdom hast...

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Leaving the Church

Leaving the Church

I was recently asked to reflect on the question, “Why do people leave the church?”, a question which was inspired by an article in the Christian Post. This particular question, and this particular approach, seem to require an entrance into the Culture Wars category, into which I am not particularly...

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Saints Cyril and Methodius – The Apostles of the Slavs

Saints Cyril and Methodius – The Apostles of the Slavs

Hollywood doesn’t make many big-budget films of holy people, and when they do, it’s usually a dog’s breakfast. However, an exciting docudrama project from the Czech Republic in 2013 has resulted in an excellent series on the lives and historical importance of the two brothers, Saints Cyril and Methodius. Saints...

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RT: Agafia’s Story: Old hermit lives alone deep in Siberian forest, seeks help

RT: Agafia’s Story: Old hermit lives alone deep in Siberian forest, seeks help

Russian babushka Agafia, whose family fled civilization nearly a century ago, was born in the wilderness of the deep Siberian taiga. RT visited Agafia, who is the only living person of a family of the ‘Old Believers’ denomination of the Orthodox church. In the mid-17th century, the leader of Russia’s...

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On Following Christ

On Following Christ

In mid-September, the Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of the Elevation of the Cross. This feast commemorates the re-discovery of the True Cross by St. Helen in Jerusalem in AD 325. In the Gospel reading for the Sunday after the feast, Jesus Christ tells a group of people: “Whoever desires...

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