The World’s Oldest Christmas Carol

The World’s Oldest Christmas Carol

Published in the middle of the 19th century, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has captivated the English-speaking world. Hundreds of years before Dickens, a famous musician named Romanos the Melodist lived in 6th century Constantinople, the most important city in the Christian world at that time. Among many compositions, he...

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A Christmas Festival in Ethiopia

A Christmas Festival in Ethiopia

David Adams is an Australian explorer and documentarian who travels the world. In a series called “Journeys to the Ends of the Earth” he spends one episode in Ethiopia, investigating its ancient Christian culture and liturgical practices. In the segment embedded above, he has made his way to Lalibela, one...

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Santa Claus vs Saint Nicholas

Santa Claus vs Saint Nicholas

Have you been good?  Is Santa coming to your house? Or do you favor St. Nicholas over the jolly man in red?  Listen as Fr. Chris Metropulos speaks with Kristine Kallimani, a licensed Mental Health Counselor and an associate of the Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute (OCCI,) as they discuss the...

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A New $10k Challenge Will Multiply Your Gift This Christmas

A New $10k Challenge Will Multiply Your Gift This Christmas

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The end of the year — and the Advent of our Lord in the Flesh — is fast approaching. It’s been a banner year for the ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network. Please consider joining us in our mission by becoming a financial supporter....

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Wide-Ranging Interview on the Ecumenical Patriarchate Published in English

Wide-Ranging Interview on the Ecumenical Patriarchate Published in English

Recently, the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate published a translation of a wide-ranging interview on the Ecumenical Patriarchate between a Turkish journalist and Dn. John Chryssavgis, one of the Patriarchate’s preeminent theologians and the director of the press office during the recent visit of Pope Francis to the Phanar. The...

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Psenica: A Serbian Christmas Custom

Psenica: A Serbian Christmas Custom

On the feastday of St Nicholas, which occurs on December 19th in the Old Calendar, wheat grains (žito) are planted in a small bowl or plate for this Serbian Christmas custom. After the Lord’s Prayer is recited, the seeds are watered and left to grow for the remainder of Advent....

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