Guided by the Mother of God

Guided by the Mother of God

The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God holds a place in my life and in my heart that will take me a lifetime to unpack. It has touched me personally on three significant occasions in my ministry. As an Episcopalian, a newly ordained deacon, actually, I had...

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Great Lent: Spiritual Reform School

Great Lent: Spiritual Reform School

I still hear, from time to time (though less frequently), “What are you giving up for Lent”? I’m glad that it is still ‘out there’—the idea that there is a season during which someone might actually abstain from something. Abstinence of any sort is usually trampled upon in our day....

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Super Bowl Ads—Can I Change the Music?

Super Bowl Ads—Can I Change the Music?

I hope you shouted out loud, “really!?” and covered your children’s eyes and ears in the Super Bowl Commercials this year. Well, I guess that is true every year, but wow, this year was insidious and persistent! I confess that I only watched the last quarter of the game—great game!—so...

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The Apostolic Example: Coming and Going, Gathering and Sending

The Apostolic Example: Coming and Going, Gathering and Sending

Words are wonderful. One June 29 we celebrated the Synaxis of the Holy Apostles. But what does that celebration mean? What is a Synaxis? Interestingly, synaxis is a Greek word directly related to synagogue, which both mean “gathering.  On June 28, we celebrate the memory of the Chief Apostles, Peter and Paul, martyred at Rome,...

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Will I See My Relatives in Heaven: A Paschal Contemplation

Will I See My Relatives in Heaven: A Paschal Contemplation

The joy of Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, is a marvelous wonder. Because it is a Spring Feast (dated with the Spring equinox, as light overtakes darkness on the Earth, Easter is associated with new life, green grass, fresh flowers, warm days—the end, the death one...

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A Most-Profitable Vacation in Great Lent?

A Most-Profitable Vacation in Great Lent?

I have a sweet and dear parishioner who comes from an Old Rite background. She was describing to me the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete–that beautiful hymned dialogue between the self and the soul—as it is served in the Old Believer parish where she is from. “Father, we...

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The Time for Orthodoxy in America?

The Time for Orthodoxy in America?

Circles of young women crying on one another’s shoulders—you’ve seen the pictures. As if a Tsunami had just struck the coast and wiped away every living person they knew, demolishing every personal possession they had. Young men aghast, photographed staring blankly at the TV screen, frightfully covering their noses with...

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Weathering the Political Season with Fatih

Weathering the Political Season with Fatih

“Lord, send revival, and start with me!” This was a bumper sticker on many cars in Charleston, South Carolina, long ago. The little quip packed three important foundational points: “Lord”, “revival”, and “start with me.” First, the call on the Lord Jesus Christ indicated that the source of what we...

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The Interior and Exterior Evangelism of Great Lent

The Interior and Exterior Evangelism of Great Lent

The Great 40 Days are generally considered to be a time of introspection and repentance. The very first words of the Great Canon of St Andrew indicate the way, “Where shall I begin to lament the deeds of my wretched life? What first-fruit shall I offer, O Christ, for my...

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Wealth, Greed, and the American Gospel

Wealth, Greed, and the American Gospel

When Martin Shkreli, American Entrepreneur and Pharmaceutical Executive, recently acquired the rights to a drug used to fight AIDS and increased its price from $13.50 to $750 per pill, there were incredible cries of outrage.  In recent weeks, at least according to photos chosen by media outlets, that outrage increased,...

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What to Give to the One who Made Everything?

What to Give to the One who Made Everything?

    So here is a twist on the usual question:  what do you get for that someone who *made* everything?  I confess to you, dear reader,  that the question comes a bit crassly off my fingertips.  But the truth is, here we are, at the inauguration of the Christmas...

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What Is a Saint?

What Is a Saint?

Our primary goal at the  Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is to share the truth of Orthodoxy with the world. Our secondary goal is to generate fruitful conversations that strengthen us in our own faith and increase our ability to share it in meaningful ways with our fellow human beings. This is why...

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