Hope and Preparation

Hope and Preparation


Christmas is the season of hope.  But for many who have been caught up in the surge of human trafficking, this seems like an impossible dream. Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Sister Theonymphi, one of the nuns at All Saints Greek Orthodox Monastery in Calverton, NY. The Sisterhood has established a service for women who are suffering due to human trafficking and they call it the HOPE Project. HOPE stands for Housing, Occupation, Potential and Empowerment.

To learn more about HOPE Project NY, go to www.hopeprojectny.org or to support this project, you can go to their online store White Field Farm.

But first, Rev. Dn. Irenaios Anderson, Associate Dean of Academics for and Instructor of Old Testament for St. Herman Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska speaks with Fr. Chris on the upcoming feasts for Prophets Nahum (Dec 1) and Habakkuk (Dec 2.)

And finally, a little Nativity Reflection by Fr. Stephen Freeman. Listen as he encourages us to look to the Nativity Fast this Christmas Season to truly be prepared for the holiday.


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Fr. Chris Metropulos

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher lives in Brookline, MA and is the President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.