Getting Started on a Healthy Self-Care Journey- Part 1 of 6

Getting Started on a Healthy Self-Care Journey- Part 1 of 6

Body and Soul: Orthodox Christian Lent as a Self-Care Journey  “Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:38-39 What does healthy self-care mean? Why...

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Why Don’t We Pay Our Church Musicians?

Why Don’t We Pay Our Church Musicians?

When, as an eighteen-year-old music student, I took my first paid choir directing job in an Orthodox church, I initially felt a little uneasy about accepting a paycheck. Not because I was overly modest—nobody who knew me then would have accused me of that—but because I thought that, since singing...

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Loving to Fast, and Fasting to Love

Loving to Fast, and Fasting to Love

And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not...

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An Orthodox Photographer and Therapist

An Orthodox Photographer and Therapist

In this episode of Moving Icon, Chris Vlahonasios interviews Finnish Orthodox photographer and ​therapist Juha Roisko, who is a trustee of the Uspenski Cathedral in Helsinki, the largest Orthodox Cathedral in Western Europe. Mr. Roisko describes how all the various layers of his life – artist, therapist, and Orthodox Christian...

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Entering the Arena–Great Lent Begins… Again!

Entering the Arena–Great Lent Begins… Again!

I see Your Bridal Chamber adorned, O my Savior, and I have no wedding garment that I may enter therein. O Giver of Light, make radiant the garment of my soul, and save me. It’s that time of year again that most of us fear and love at the same...

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