Virtual Choir of 90 Voices Sings Paschal Communion Hymn

Virtual Choir of 90 Voices Sings Paschal Communion Hymn

Last year, a group called AXIOS Music initiated an outstanding video project. Ninety choir members from 40 different Greek Orthodox churches in the United States recorded themselves singing the Paschal communion hymn, “Receive ye the Body of Christ. Taste the fountain of immortality. Alleluia” AXIOS mixed all of these voices...

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Fr. Roman Braga’s Spirituality of Joy

Fr. Roman Braga’s Spirituality of Joy

Two days ago, I saw various reports online that Fr. Roman Braga is ill. He was the definitive influence on my life as a teen, and my confessor for many years. So, I went to YouTube to hear his voice again. There’s one documentary about his suffering for 11 years...

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55 Maxims for Christian Living by Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko

55 Maxims for Christian Living by Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko fell asleep in the Lord yesterday. In addition to his many books, articles, and sermons, Fr. Thomas published a simple but powerful set of spiritual maxims, which have circulated widely throughout the Internet for years. Here they are, for your edification and reflection: 1. Be always with...

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Fr. Matthew Baker Leaves Behind Wife and Six Children: How You Can Help

Fr. Matthew Baker Leaves Behind Wife and Six Children: How You Can Help

Last night, an outstanding Orthodox priest died in a tragic car accident on his way home from Vespers. Fr. Matthew Baker leaves behind his wife, Katherine, and six young children: Isaac, 12; Elias, 10; George, 8; Ellie (Eleftheria), 6; Cyril, 4; and Matthew Baker Jr, 2. Please pray for them,...

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A Romanian Church Made Entirely of Ice

A Romanian Church Made Entirely of Ice

It’s become something of a tradition. For the last several years, Romanians in the remote Fagaras mountains have built a church entirely out of ice. Modeled after an old church in Transylvania, the “Ice Church” is about 46 feet long and 23 feet wide, constructed out of ice blocks taken...

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Chanting the Psalms at One of Romania’s Most Famous Monasteries

Chanting the Psalms at One of Romania’s Most Famous Monasteries

Putna Monastery is one of the most important religious, cultural, and artistic centers of medieval Moldavia, now a region of Romania. Founded by the famous prince St. Stephen the Great in the 15th century, the monastery houses St. Stephen’s tomb and some of the finest examples of late medieval Romanian...

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Man Who Murdered Orthodox Priest Being Considered for Parole in California

Man Who Murdered Orthodox Priest Being Considered for Parole in California

Edward Lee Bowman brutally murdered Father John Karastamatis, an Orthodox priest, at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Cruz, California in 1985. Bowman, who received a prison sentence of 25 years to life, is up for parole in February — and Fr. Karastamatis’ family is once again collecting signatures...

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The Feast of Theophany at Vatopedi Monastery, Holy Mount Athos, 2015

The Feast of Theophany at Vatopedi Monastery, Holy Mount Athos, 2015

Our partners at Pemptousia have produced an excellent video, showing scenes of the liturgical festivities for the feast of the Theophany, held just days ago on Mt. Athos at the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi. Check it out below, and be sure to watch for more co-produced content and new initiatives...

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BBC Features Santiago Calatrava’s Design for St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero

BBC Features Santiago Calatrava’s Design for St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero

The BBC just published a video and brief article about c’s design for the St. Nicholas National Shrine, a Greek Orthodox church currently under construction at Ground Zero in Manhattan. The article begins: Many Orthodox believers around the world celebrate Christmas today. The Orthodox Greek community in downtown Manhattan, New...

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St. John Chrysostom on the Feast of Theophany

St. John Chrysostom on the Feast of Theophany

We shall now say something about the present feast.  Many celebrate the feastdays and know their designations, but the cause for which they were established they know not. Thus concerning this, everyone knows that the present feast is called Theophany; but what this is, and whether it be one thing...

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An Award-Winning Russian Animated Film about Christmas

An Award-Winning Russian Animated Film about Christmas

Mikhail Aldashin, a Russian filmmaker, produced “Rozhdestvo” (Christmas) in 1996, winning several awards that year at various Russian and international festivals. Set to the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, the film is an otherwise silent portrayal of the Christmas story, told with child-like simplicity and occasional fantastical whimsy....

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5 Things You Didn’t Know about Orthodox Christmas

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Orthodox Christmas

A recent article from CBC/Radio-Canada, titled “5 Things You Didn’t Know about Orthodox Christmas,” highlighted the Christmas traditions of a Ukrainian Orthodox Christian family in Canada. The article’s list of five traditions provides a succinct overview of some of Orthodoxy’s most popular ecclesial and cultural practices for Christmastide. The article...

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