Should Orthodox Churches Have Armed Guards?

Should Orthodox Churches Have Armed Guards?

Our family discussed this question after attending liturgy one Sunday. The reason? The parish leadership chose to hire an armed security detail in response to the threats of a mentally ill person. A tense feeling was evident as uniformed guards patrolled the church property openly carrying their guns while a...

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Orthodox Voices of America Travel Series: The Making of Wooden Orthodox Icons

Orthodox Voices of America Travel Series: The Making of Wooden Orthodox Icons

Pan Orthodox United has shares this video about the making of wooden icons, from the Orthodox Voices of America Travel Series, with the OCN.  These icons are delicately carved out of wood – take a moment out of your busy day and watch this peaceful video that is as beautifully...

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ICON OF ST. JOHN MAXIMOVITCH STREAMED MYRRH AS HE WAS CELEBRATED IN SKETE IN HIS HONOR IN HIS HOME VILLAGE

ICON OF ST. JOHN MAXIMOVITCH STREAMED MYRRH AS HE WAS CELEBRATED IN SKETE IN HIS HONOR IN HIS HOME VILLAGE

On July 2, the commemoration day of the holy hierarch and wonderworker St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, the patronal feast of the Svyatogorsk Lavra skete named for St. John in his home village of Adamovka, Donetsk Region, was festively celebrated. An icon of the holy hierarch began to...

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The Fallen Man: How Does the Orthodox Faith View Original Sin

The Fallen Man: How Does the Orthodox Faith View Original Sin

Listen Now.  We start with a conversation between Fr. Chris and Frederica Mathewes-Green about the fallen man.  How does the Orthodox faith view the original sin and what does it mean for us today.  Fr. Chris then talks with Rod Dreher about his latest book, The Benedict Option.  Photo credit:...

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Metropolitan of Lemesos, Athanasios: “Signs of the Times”

Metropolitan of Lemesos, Athanasios: “Signs of the Times”

Athanasios, Metropolitan of Lemesos (Limassol), Cyprus, speaks on the Signs of the Times. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned by SCOBA to create a national, sustainable, and effective...

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An Unconquerable Spirit

An Unconquerable Spirit

Watch as Fr. Michael discusses the Holy Spirit and how the strength that the Holy Spirit might show in us is not given for our own gratification but for the service and indeed the salvation of those around us. ABOUT FATHER MICHAEL MARCANTONI Fr. Michael Marcantoni is the priest at the Greek...

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Transplants and brain death

Transplants and brain death

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Transplants have become part of everyday life in modern society. The positive and negative positions which have been expressed on them in ecclesiastical and theological circles have usually been of a fragmentary nature. The Orthodox Church...

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Words of Affirmation are Important

Words of Affirmation are Important

We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Fruits of the Spirit The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  Galatians 5: 22-23   Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word...

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