“Man of Steel, Man of Faith?” – Part 1

“Man of Steel, Man of Faith?” – Part 1

I was never that kid. I was never that kid who wore Superman pajamas to bed or a big red cape draped over his shoulders when he went with his mom to the grocery store. I never jumped off the top bunk in an effort to fly, never tried punching my...

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Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Resurrecting Positive Themes in the Rite for the Dead

Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Resurrecting Positive Themes in the Rite for the Dead

THE ISSUE AT HAND Within the corpus of liturgical services in the Eastern Church, no one rite would be expected to draw as thoroughly and vividly the stark contrast between death and resurrection as the funeral. This thematology of opposites, however, and their related sub-themes (e.g. despair and hope, darkness...

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When God Says No….and My Mother’s Death

When God Says No….and My Mother’s Death

The past year or so has given me many occasions to prove my faith. It has been difficult at times, but I held on. I gave my worries over to God. I asked Him to help me carry these burdens. I held onto the hope that things would improve, and...

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The Children’s Word: In One Ear…and Out the Other!

The Children’s Word: In One Ear…and Out the Other!

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres. Alexandra talks about a problem we all have sometimes – we hear something good, but we forget it right away! Jesus knew about this problem too, and...

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LIVE Bible Study: The Church of the Holy Apostles, Session 5

LIVE Bible Study: The Church of the Holy Apostles, Session 5

Welcome to our online Bible study!  The title for this session is “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 watch the live stream here on...

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VIDEO: Archbishop Demetrios’ Invitation to Ground Blessing of Saint Nicholas Church

VIDEO: Archbishop Demetrios’ Invitation to Ground Blessing of Saint Nicholas Church

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America extends an invitation to all of the faithful of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to join him along with the Holy Eparchial Synod in New York on October 18, 2014 to bless the hallowed and sacred ground upon which St. Nicholas National Shrine at the...

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Understanding Struggle

Understanding Struggle

Editor’s Note: This article was originally written as an entry for the 2014 St. Nikolaj Velimirovich Oratorical Festival. Your Eminences, Your Graces, Very Reverend and Reverend Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I stand here before you to share my understanding of struggle as an Orthodox Christian. So what does...

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