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The Children's Word

The Children’s Word: Playing By the Rules

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

Oct 22, 2014
Orthodox News

AINA: Christians in Iraq Face Uncertain Future

By John Burger Tens of thousands of refugees in northern Iraq are facing a winter living in tents or unfinished concrete buildings. Humanitarian aid organizations,…

Oct 21, 2014
The Sounding

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today, Part 6

One of the more crucial components of our spiritual life is proper training in the development of good spiritual habits. Habit is a second nature. This…

Oct 21, 2014
The Sounding

The Walking Dead

Every year at Halloween, Americans entertain themselves with television shows, movies and weird stories about the walking dead. It is a strange fascination,…

Oct 21, 2014
The Sounding

Ancient Christianity Confronts Death and Halloween

I remember well walking the streets of our cozy steel-mill suburb of Pittsburgh with our two- and four-year-old sons in a wagon, flanked by our neighbors…

Oct 18, 2014
Orthodox News

Ground Blessing for St. Nicholas at WTC on Oct. 18 LIVE on Satellite Feed, Antenna TV, and Internet

NEW YORK – The Ground Blessing ceremony for the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center, on Saturday October 18, 2014 at 12:00 noon,…

Oct 17, 2014
The Sounding

The Hidden Treasure

The monk Herman had lived on Spruce Island, for over five years. (Spruce Island is a tiny island near Kodiak Island, just off the peninsula at the south…

Oct 16, 2014
Orthodox News

Ground Blessing of Saint Nicholas National Shrine – Parish Resources

On Saturday, October 18th the historic ground blessing for the rebuilding of the new Saint Nicholas National Shrine will take place. To help you promote…

Oct 16, 2014
The Sounding

“The World” – Is it Good or Bad?

One of the most confusing words in the Christian vocabulary is the “world.” Sometimes it seems to have good meanings, sometimes neutral and sometimes…

Oct 16, 2014
The Sounding

On Grief and Providing Care

Two related, but separate, topics come up when someone we know dies. The first topic is the person who has died: the circumstances around his death, what…

Oct 15, 2014
The Children's Word

The Children’s Word: God Doesn’t Want Sadness

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

Oct 15, 2014
The Sounding

Houston, We Have a Problem

From my happy home safely north of the forty-ninth parallel, I regularly receive news from my American brothers and sisters down south, and most of it…

Oct 15, 2014