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The Sounding

Wisdom and the Constancy of Light: Sermon on Psalm 103 (Vespers)

As we give blessing to God for the end of one day and the beginning of another, the words of Psalm 103 in our Vespers service bid us turn our thoughts…

Sep 18, 2014
The Sounding

Leaving the Church

I was recently asked to reflect on the question, “Why do people leave the church?”, a question which was inspired by an article in the Christian Post….

Sep 18, 2014
Orthodox News

RT: Agafia’s Story: Old hermit lives alone deep in Siberian forest, seeks help

Russian babushka Agafia, whose family fled civilization nearly a century ago, was born in the wilderness of the deep Siberian taiga. RT visited Agafia,…

Sep 18, 2014
The Sounding

On Following Christ

In mid-September, the Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of the Elevation of the Cross. This feast commemorates the re-discovery of the True Cross by…

Sep 18, 2014
Orthodox News

Ecumenical Patriarch: Time to Move Beyond Words to Actions

VIDEO MESSAGE By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew To the Assembly of Bishops (Dallas, September 16-18, 2014) Venerable brother hierarchs…

Sep 17, 2014
The Sounding

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 1

It is interesting to observe the increasing interest in spiritual life among many people around the world. Many people are seeking a personal experience…

Sep 17, 2014
Orthodox News

Annual Assembly Progresses with Constructive Dialogue

Dallas, TX – More than 35 members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America joined in celebrating the Divine Liturgy…

Sep 17, 2014
The Children's Word

The Children’s Word: Are You Ashamed?

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres….

Sep 17, 2014
Orthodox News

Flash Floods in Serbia

Flash floods swept across eastern Serbia Tuesday afternoon, leaving behind widespread destruction. This video, uploaded yesterday, shows a violent force…

Sep 17, 2014
The Sounding

Father Nicholas Triantafilou Retires

I heard yesterday of the retirement of a man who many call a “priest’s priest.” The Reverend Father Nicholas Triantafilou, President of Hellenic…

Sep 17, 2014
Orthodox News

Greek Reporter: Church of Greece Revenues Drop

By Nikoleta Kalmouki During the last five years, Church of Greece revenues have decreased by 70%. Βelievers offer fewer donations, while the number of…

Sep 17, 2014
The Sounding

Let light shine in the darkness: Jim Foley

These are dark times. Christians in the Middle East are being slaughtered, crucified, raped, marked, and driven out of their homes. Russia and the Ukraine…

Sep 16, 2014
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