Three Lessons from Three Outstanding Orthodox Priests, Part 1

Three Lessons from Three Outstanding Orthodox Priests, Part 1

It seems as if we are losing so many outstanding Orthodox priests. Less than two months ago, a young priest with six children, Fr. Matthew Baker, died in a tragic car accident as he drove home from church in wintry weather. Weeks later, Fr. Thomas Hopko, dean emeritus of St....

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Let the Little Children Come

Let the Little Children Come

This picture brings tears to my eyes. If I have one wish for my children, it is that they grow to love Christ and His church. How can they not? The services are so beautiful, and Christ is love, after all. Sometimes, though, when the services are extra long and...

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The Potential of Religious Education, even Sunday School

The Potential of Religious Education, even Sunday School

On any given Sunday from about September to May, I conservatively estimate that at least 10,500 young people attend a parish religious education program, with at least 2,625 adult volunteer teachers, with the support of the 600 clergy in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (You can do the math:...

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“Sideways Cross” Jewelry

“Sideways Cross” Jewelry

Christ is Risen! I missed you all!  After a small Paschal recess, I have returned to try and answer your questions.  The next question I will try and answer is from Stephanie. Question: I am not sure if you have seen jewelry with crosses on them like a necklace/bracelet but...

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Conversations with Abba Isaac: Spiritual Neurosis

Conversations with Abba Isaac: Spiritual Neurosis

About a month ago, returning from a funeral in northern Alabama, I decided to turn on the radio.  Driving down a very rural country road, I began to listen to a local broadcast where people would call in and speak with the host/Pastor of the show about the Bible.  I...

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Archimandrite Roman Braga, Spiritual Elder and Confessor for the Faith, Reposes in the Lord

Archimandrite Roman Braga, Spiritual Elder and Confessor for the Faith, Reposes in the Lord

Archimandrite Roman Braga April 2, 1922 – April 28, 2015 Father Roman Braga was born on April 2, 1922 in Bessarabia in a village named Condrita. He was the last of the seven children of Cosma and Maria Braga. He grew up in an Orthodox environment, raised by a devout...

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IOCC Calls For Prayer, Offers Aid To Baltimore

IOCC Calls For Prayer, Offers Aid To Baltimore

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is monitoring the emerging needs of the community following the outbreak of civil unrest and looting in Baltimore where it is headquartered. IOCC staff are in contact with community and faith leaders in the Baltimore area to offer assistance and support, especially...

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Joining the OCF Student Leadership Board

Joining the OCF Student Leadership Board

Joining the OCF Student Leadership Board has undoubtedly been the greatest experience of my college career. I have found no greater joy in college than serving Christ and His Church through OCF. This year I have served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Student Leader, and in June, I will have the...

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