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The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas

Archimandrite Iakovos Kanakis   At this time of year, people often talk about the ‘spirit of Christmas’. But are we all talking about the same thing? I think not. It seems to me that if the ‘spirit of Christmas’ is only the presents, shopping in general, family meals, gatherings and...
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Christmas can be approached only through faith

Christmas can be approached only through faith

Athanasios Moustakis     ‘When Abraham was called, by faith…’ As is the case every year, the Epistle reading for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ focuses on faith. It consists of two excerpts from chapter 11 of Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews (verses 9-10 and 32-40) in which...
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Orthodox Voices of America: Old Christmas vs. New Christmas & Epiphany

Orthodox Voices of America: Old Christmas vs. New Christmas & Epiphany

Watch Now.  Partners at Pan Orthodox United has shared this video from Orthodox Voices of America on the topic of  “Old Christmas vs. New Christmas & Epiphany.” ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United...
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The Custom of the Christmas Tree

The Custom of the Christmas Tree

Protopresbyter Panteleïmon Krouskos   For many people with a secular outlook, decorating the Christmas tree is the essence of Christmas. In Greece, this custom was imported from abroad and was introduced by the Bavarians*. The first time a Christmas tree was decorated was in Otto’s palace and thereafter it spread...
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Theophany: A Celebration of Holiness on the 12th Day of Christmas

Theophany: A Celebration of Holiness on the 12th Day of Christmas

Snow is everywhere. Not just in Boston, where my family and I live. If you are anywhere in eastern North America, chances are good that the blizzard hit you on Thursday, and that the landscape around you is white. The first time I saw so much snow was sixteen years...
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Christmas in a Post-Christian Era

Christmas in a Post-Christian Era

Hieromonk Eleftherios Balakos   And while the messiahs are multiplying in this day and age, in the guise of persons, ideologies, policies or religions*, we see a world wallowing in the mud which it has created itself. And you ask yourself: ‘What can I believe?’ ‘Where can I place my...
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Recordings from the Christmas Vigil at the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi

Recordings from the Christmas Vigil at the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi

As the ‘capital of feasts’, Christmas is honoured on the Holy Mountain with a vigil, during the course of which the monks sing hymns and troparia of exceptional poetic and musical beauty. At the Divine Liturgy on the day itself, ‘Those who have been baptized in Christ’ is sung in...
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The Heart of Christmas with Christina Hanegraaff

The Heart of Christmas with Christina Hanegraaff

Listen Now to a conversation between Christian Hanegraff and Hank Hanegraff, in this podcast series of Hank Unplugged. The Bible Answer Man’s podcast brought to your through Christian Research Institute and now showcased on Orthodox Christian Network. ABOUT HANK HANEGRAAFF Hank is the author of more than twenty books, with more than a...
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Christmas Message from Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea

Christmas Message from Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea

My beloved, The redemptive message of the great and joyful Feast of Christmas, which we have been deemed worthy to celebrate again this year, through God’s ineffable love and benevolence, could be summed up in a simple phrase: “God loves you personally.” John, the Evangelist of love, has told us:...
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Father Stavros is Taking Your Prayer Requests for Live Stream Services on Christmas Eve

Father Stavros is Taking Your Prayer Requests for Live Stream Services on Christmas Eve

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa will hold a vigil on Christmas Eve.  If you have any prayer requests, please email them to frstav@gmail.com.  Fr. Stavros, author of the prayer team, will be praying in church from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for all requests sent to him.  There will be a live-stream...
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On the Christmas Season

On the Christmas Season

Listen Now.  Join us as Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. John Anthony McGuckin about the holiday season and reconnecting with the early church in a new and interesting way, and remembering that the season revolves around Christ.  Christ is Born, Glorify Him! Photo credit: Event Brite ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN...
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The “Opportunity Costs” of Christmas

The “Opportunity Costs” of Christmas

When we were kids, Christmas morning was all about the excitement of waking up super early, running down the stairs, and gasping at all the presents that Santa would manage to get through a window (we didn’t have a fireplace) during the night without being heard. We would then run...
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