The 12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas

It’s Christmas! The day we’ve all been waiting for. For many, December 26 will look like a regular day. For Orthodox Christians, the arrival of December 26 means it’s time to celebrate! Not just for one glorious day, but for twelve. So don’t put your decorations away just yet. Listen...

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Saint Stephen:  The Death of a Revolutionary

Saint Stephen: The Death of a Revolutionary

Saint Stephen is usually hailed as the first Christian martyr, but he is more than that. His death was also a boundary, and the blood which flowed from his body as the stones hit him became a river, one which separated the faith of the Christians from the religion of...

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Ecumenical Patriarch’s Christmas Message: Christ Conquers Violence and Evil through Love

Ecumenical Patriarch’s Christmas Message: Christ Conquers Violence and Evil through Love

+ BARTHOLOMEW By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church: Grace, mercy, and peace from the Savior Christ, born in Bethlehem Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord, “Christ is descending from the heavens; let us meet Him!” God has appeared on earth...

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A Christmas Song that Blends East and West

A Christmas Song that Blends East and West

Fr. Ivan Moody is a composer, conductor, and Orthodox priest. Currently Professor of Church Music at the University of Eastern Finland, his compositions have been performed by leading ensembles throughout Europe and the world. One of Fr. Ivan’s more popular Christmas compositions is “The Manger,” which blends Western and Eastern...

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St. Ephraim the Syrian: On the Night of the Nativity

St. Ephraim the Syrian: On the Night of the Nativity

As we celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord, I’d like to share this beautiful poem by St. Ephraim the Syrian. ON THE NIGHT OF THE NATIVITY by St. Ephraim the Syrian “Pure is the present night, in which the Pure One appeared, Who came to purify us! Let our hearing...

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