A Look Inside the Winter Youth Retreat

A Look Inside the Winter Youth Retreat

​Christ is Risen! “A Look Inside the Winter Youth Retreat” is a short documentary about a retreat experience like none other. Four years ago, the youth department of New Gracanica-Midwest Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church officially created its first Winter Youth Retreat, a spiritual retreat for teens. It started...

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Христос се роди! Ваистину се Христос роди! Christ is Born! Indeed He is Born!

Христос се роди! Ваистину се Христос роди! Christ is Born! Indeed He is Born!

The above words are the first words that Serbian Orthodox Christians use to greet each other during the Old Calendar Christmas. But, before and after those words are said, a lot of tradition must be kept to. On Christmas Eve, the Serbians attend vespers just as everyone else does, but...

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40:Love for God

40:Love for God

After 5 hours and 53 minutes of grueling tennis, a man stops, smiles, and then crosses himself in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He does so to thank the One who is responsible for getting him from the war-torn land of Kosovo to the...

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Yes, you only live once, but…

Yes, you only live once, but…

“Well, those who are now young, will go to Church when they get old, but now, most likely, they want to use and exploit the youth they have, as a song says, ‘Take everything out of life, today you are a flower, tomorrow a dying rose”. Only, they forget that...

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My Not Greek, Not Russian Orthodoxy

My Not Greek, Not Russian Orthodoxy

Usually when people hear the word Orthodox, they either think “Greek” or “Russian,” and some even think Orthodox Jewish. However, my Orthodoxy is known as Serbian Orthodoxy. Orthodoxy itself is the oldest branch of Christianity, and it spread to Serbia from Greece. The Greeks played a great part in converting...

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Chicago, IL: Serbian Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection

About a year ago, I started my third year of college. I had to move to Chicago and change my whole routine, including my church. However, my new parish is simply beyond words. It is the Serbian Orthodox Church of the Holy Resurrection in Chicago, Illinois. It is the oldest...

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“Honey, it’s time to get married!”

“Honey, it’s time to get married!”

For 18 years of my life, my parents have told me that school was my number one priority in life. Personally, I never had a problem with this since school and church were the only things I saw in my life. Relationships and so forth were never of importance to...

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Hey, You! What’s Your Slava?

Hey, You! What’s Your Slava?

So, what is your slava, or are you wondering what in the world a slava is? Well, a slava is a Serbian Orthodox tradition which would translate into a sort of family saint day. Back when the Greeks converted the Serbian people into Orthodoxy, each family got baptized into the...

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Why in the world do we go to school?

Why in the world do we go to school?

I was at my best friend’s house the other night. She had finals that week, and she was telling me how she was stressed, depressed, and just exhausted from studying and from school in general. She asked me a question that stirred my thinking. She asked me why we go...

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Hate to Admit It, But I Procrastinate, too!

Hate to Admit It, But I Procrastinate, too!

The newest best friend of everyone today, especially college students, is procrastination. I usually try to do everything on time. Typically, I am that one student that has her research paper done one month before the due date, but, sometimes, even I slip up. This semester, I just kept putting...

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18 Orthodox, Going on 19 Orthodox

18 Orthodox, Going on 19 Orthodox

I planned on writing this piece about something completely different, but at the last minute, some things have come to my mind. My birthday is in three days, on October 27th, the feast day of blessed Saint Paraskeva. Last year, I was waiting for my birthday with excitement and joy....

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We all have a special saint. Who is yours?

We all have a special saint. Who is yours?

“You chose a silent and solitary life; You followed Christ your Bridegroom. You took his easy yoke in your youth, arming yourself with the sign of the Cross. You contended against spiritual enemies through fasting, tears and labors, O glorious Paraskeva. Now you stand before Christ with the Wise Virgins:...

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