Those Who Serve During Christmas

Those Who Serve During Christmas

When we think of Christmas, we think of our families, of the Liturgies, yes, of the gifts, of the reunions, etc. Often we forget about those who serve us this day. No, I am not simply talking about the priests, deacons, subdeacons, chanters, etc., who serve in the various Liturgies....

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Metropolitan Anthony: Doubt and Questioning Part of Christian Life

Metropolitan Anthony: Doubt and Questioning Part of Christian Life

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom was the archbishop of the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sourozh in Great Britain and Ireland from 1957 to shortly before his death in 2003. A popular author of several books on prayer and a regular guest on radio and television broadcasts, Metropolitan Anthony became well known in...

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OCMC News – Dr. William Black: Newest OCMC Missionary Candidate to Kenya

OCMC News – Dr. William Black: Newest OCMC Missionary Candidate to Kenya

The Orthodox Christian Mission Center is pleased to announce Dr. William Black as the latest candidate for long-term missionary service from the United States. With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios, Dr. Black will be serving in Kenya where he will work as a lecturer at the Makarios III...

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Patriarch of Romania: 25 Years After the Revolution, What Have We Done with our Freedom?

Patriarch of Romania: 25 Years After the Revolution, What Have We Done with our Freedom?

December 17 marked the 25th anniversary of the Romanian revolt against Communist oppression. During church services commemorating the event, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel remarked: Today we remember from a national point of view the young people who sacrificed themselves on 17 December 1989, at Timisoara, where from the revolution for...

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How Does Christmas Work?

How Does Christmas Work?

For many people, Christmas comes every year as surely as the sun comes up. It’s like death and taxes – nothing could prevent it…or could it? When you look closely at the real story of Christmas, you will discover what a miracle it was. Fr. Chris Metropulos draws our attention...

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What is Christmas without Christ?

What is Christmas without Christ?

Noted Orthodox scholar Fr. John McGuckin offers a fresh perspective on the chronic problem of celebrating an Orthodox feast amidst powerful secular influences. Hear his surprising interpretation of “Happy Holidays,” a phrase which is often criticized in Christian circles. Fr. John confronts the temptation to judge those who are not...

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A Year of Filming on Three Continents to Produce This Documentary on Byzantium

A Year of Filming on Three Continents to Produce This Documentary on Byzantium

Even though the city of Rome fell in the fifth century, the Roman Empire continued in its Eastern lands for hundreds of years. Nowadays, historians call this Eastern Roman Empire by another name — Byzantium or the Byzantine Empire — as an easy means of distinguishing the pagan, Latin-speaking Empire...

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The Children’s Word: Who is Jesus’ Family?

The Children’s Word: Who is Jesus’ Family?

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 tells about the people who were part of Jesus’ family when He was born here on earth. You can also learn something special about the people...

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Nativity and Theophany Message from the Assembly Chairman

Nativity and Theophany Message from the Assembly Chairman

Be glad, you just, heavens rejoice, mountains leap for joy; Christ is born and the Virgin sits like the Cherubim throne carrying in her bosom God the Word made flesh. Shepherds glorify the one that is born; Magi offer gifts to the Master; Angels sing praises, saying: Lord beyond understanding,...

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The Most Important Christmas Tradition

The Most Important Christmas Tradition

It seems that Christmas more than any other time of year is a time for traditions.  Our traditions connect us to the past, to those we love.  They are familiar, comforting, and they give us a sense of belonging.  There are those traditions that we cling to from our earliest...

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Deification and Sonship According to St Athanasius of Alexandria: Part III 

Deification and Sonship According to St Athanasius of Alexandria: Part III 

This is the third and final part of Fr. Matthew’s series on Deification and Sonship. Read part I and part II Indwelling through the Spirit of sonship Athanasius’ account of deification (theopoiesis) and adoptive sonship (huiothesia) is not limited only to the work of Christ, but also accords a central place to the...

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Deification and Sonship According to St Athanasius of Alexandria: Part II

Deification and Sonship According to St Athanasius of Alexandria: Part II

This is the second part of Fr. Matthew’s series. Click here to read Part I and Part III. If in De Incarnatione the goal and purpose of the incarnation is identified with deification (theopoiesis), in his later works Athanasius more frequently links it specifically with adoptive sonship (huiothesia). Athanasius’ earliest exposition of this doctrine of...

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