Journey to Bethlehem, Part 1

Journey to Bethlehem, Part 1

About seven hundred years ago, St. Andrei Rublev or one of his disciples painted perhaps the most memorable and beautiful icon of the Nativity of Christ. The 14th century icon is warped and cracked, but is in remarkable shape despite its age and history.  It tells us, in earthen pigments bound to...

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Beyond Ferguson

Beyond Ferguson

Imagine a scenario with me for a second: A 17-year-old black male is walking down the street in downtown Atlanta. He’s wearing a white t-shirt, baggy jeans, a baseball cap, and has an earring in one ear. A 30(ish)-year-old white woman drives up to a stoplight.  Her two children are...

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Cyril and Methodius

Cyril and Methodius

Among the best known saints in the Orthodox calendar are the brothers Cyril and Methodius, who are remembered for devising the Cyrillic alphabet and thus opening the way for the conversion of all the Slavic peoples to the Christian faith. Like all stories about saints, this encapsulation is only partly...

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TODAY’S ZAMAN: Who is the pope, who is the ecumenical patriarch?

TODAY’S ZAMAN: Who is the pope, who is the ecumenical patriarch?

Turkey — Why is the Pope treated with admiration while the Ecumenical Patriarch is not? TODAY’S ZAMAN: Who is the pope, who is the ecumenical patriarch? If you do not know Turkey, you may get the impression that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government have huge admiration for the...

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Your Sins are Forgiven

Your Sins are Forgiven

It goes without saying that the trials of life can weigh a person down. As every day passes, the weight of each small sin and mistake takes its toll on our backs as we feel our burdens heavy upon our shoulders. Bent over under all the pressure, we just can’t...

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Georgian Patriarch: We Give Our Children Everything But Don’t Think About Teaching The True Religion

Georgian Patriarch: We Give Our Children Everything But Don’t Think About Teaching The True Religion

In a recent sermon preached at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, His Holiness Ilia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, emphasized that only spiritual renewal will bring about societal change for the better. Problems such as domestic violence and juvenile delinquency represent a spiritual crisis in family life. “Recently, the government,...

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New Head of Antiochian Church in America Enthroned; Antiochian Patriarch to Meet with Officials on Issues in Syria

New Head of Antiochian Church in America Enthroned; Antiochian Patriarch to Meet with Officials on Issues in Syria

For Immediate Release: December 8, 2014 The second largest Orthodox Christian Church in North America has a new leader, enthroned by the head of one of the oldest churches on earth. On  Sat. Dec. 6, the Patriarch of Antioch and All of the East, Patriarch John X of Damascus, Syria,...

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Rachmaninoff’s Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Rachmaninoff’s Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) is one of the best known Russian composers of the 20th century. His works, especially for piano and orchestra, are regular features in many concert halls. He also composed two major a cappella choral works—the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and the All-Night Vigil—that display...

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