The power of prayer and fasting (Mk. 9, 17-31)

The power of prayer and fasting (Mk. 9, 17-31)

As Christians, thoughtfully done prayers and fasts can help us realize our impact on the salvation of the world; Jesus has made it clear that believers can achieve anything they want.  In these times when the certainties and great world theories have all failed, it just may be time to...

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Euthanasia: Turning your back on the opportunity for glorification

Euthanasia: Turning your back on the opportunity for glorification

With euthanasia, people aren’t making use of the right for a dignified death. Instead of making the most of this extremely trying time in the life of the patient as an opportunity for glorification, the ‘easy choice’ of a painless departure is taken. This is a eudaimonistic approach, by which people choose...

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Is there spiritual life and sanctity today?

Is there spiritual life and sanctity today?

My immediate answer to both parts of this question is a very affirmative ‘Yes’. God does not change. Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and for ever. And the nature of human beings has not changed either. Since Adam, humans are dignified with such a power over their own...

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Nature and City in the Greek East

Nature and City in the Greek East

The beauty of the city is not as heretofore scattered over it in patches, but covers the whole area like a robe woven to the fringe. The city gleams with gold and porphyry. Were Constantine to see the city he founded, he would find it fair, not with apparent but...

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Lest We Forget: Keeping Traditions

Lest We Forget: Keeping Traditions

To hear Mother Victoria of the St. Barbara’s Monastery tell it, growing up in the Ukranian Orthodox Church was a rich and memorable experience at special times of year. On Christmas Eve, for instance, she remembers looking for the first star in the sky, which would signal the start of...

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Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta: ‘St Porphyrios, a Great Figure of Orthodoxy’

Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta: ‘St Porphyrios, a Great Figure of Orthodoxy’

In this video Father Alexis speaks of his wonderful and God-sent relationship with St. Pophyrios. Some of the many things he mentions are the Saint’s inexplicable ability to represent divine providence, and how St. Pophyrios in fact saved the Metropolitain’s life when he was shot. Metropolitain Alexios stated, “So today...

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Meet Dr. Bill Black, OCMC Missionary to Kenya

Meet Dr. Bill Black, OCMC Missionary to Kenya

Inspired by the OCMC, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring the outstanding missionary outreach of this organization who, in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers the Gospel worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond to the missionary calling.  Please join us in raising awareness for...

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Bruce Chatwin: a Reflection on a Nomad’s Journey to Orthodoxy

Bruce Chatwin: a Reflection on a Nomad’s Journey to Orthodoxy

It seems to me that nomads have often had a different perspective on life and what they seek. “The search for nomads is a search for God,” Bruce Chatwin wrote in a notebook during his first visit on Mount Athos. During his visit to the Holy Mountain he had come...

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St. Telemachus, Peacemaker

St. Telemachus, Peacemaker

In our world today, think of all the bizarre customs that are so very contrary to the morals of Christianity. We must constantly struggle against the vain and lustful presentations of the media. It has become common practice to endorse and idolize fame and even certain violent sports. In the...

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Absent for good reason

Absent for good reason

Lord, I heard Your celebrant today praying for our brothers and sisters ‘who are absent for good reason’. And they stuck in my mind. I want to find them, to discover them and then send up fervent supplications for them. Who are they, Lord? Who are they who are far...

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The Sanctity and Miracles of Blessed Paisios the Athonite

The Sanctity and Miracles of Blessed Paisios the Athonite

Saint Paisios died on the feast of the Holy Apostles Saints Peter and Paul according to the Old Calendar, which is certainly no coincidence. Since his death in 1994, word of his name and his reputation have grown globally. St. Paisios is all over the world. In this video a...

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True Fasting Means Loosing the Bonds of Injustice

True Fasting Means Loosing the Bonds of Injustice

It is a great blessing to be provided ecclesiastical occasions in which we can delve deeper into our Orthodoxy Christian spirituality.  This time of the year we experience the Nativity Fast, and not only the fast but the pure starting ground it provides us for spiritual work.  “Fasting isn’t an...

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