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The Sounding

40:Love for God

After 5 hours and 53 minutes of grueling tennis, a man stops, smiles, and then crosses himself in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit….

Oct 14, 2014
The Sounding

Conversations with Abba Isaac: Screen Asceticism

I am not a Luddite. I am sitting in front of a computer screen, I have an iPhone in my pocket, and I watched the news this morning on the television. I…

Oct 13, 2014
Orthodox News

October 19 Designated Orthodox College Student Sunday!

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops has designated October 19 as Orthodox College Student Sunday in support of Orthodox Christian Fellowship in…

Oct 10, 2014
The Sounding

Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Part 3, Final

This is the third article in a 3-part series. Read Part 1 and Part 2 here. The Rite of Anointing the Dead Another vital modification to the rite is the…

Oct 10, 2014
The Sounding

Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Part 2

This is the second article in a 3-part series. Read Part 1 here. SEEKING OUT VIABLE SOLUTIONS In the modern funeral service, the canon for the dead is…

Oct 10, 2014
The Sounding

The Priest’s Supper

I came to the Orthodox Church by way of a high-church Lutheran congregation to which I’d supplemented a private study of Irish history, mythology, and…

Oct 09, 2014
The Sounding

Vampires and Teens – Reinventing the Tale

“The vampire is that glittering, dazzling rule-breaker and outsider who has gained ascendancy over time and place. The vampire is always presented as…

Oct 09, 2014
The Sounding

“Man of Steel, Man of Faith?” – Part 1

I was never that kid. I was never that kid who wore Superman pajamas to bed or a big red cape draped over his shoulders when he went with his mom to the…

Oct 08, 2014
The Sounding

Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Resurrecting Positive Themes in the Rite for the Dead

THE ISSUE AT HAND Within the corpus of liturgical services in the Eastern Church, no one rite would be expected to draw as thoroughly and vividly the stark…

Oct 08, 2014
The Sounding

When God Says No….and My Mother’s Death

The past year or so has given me many occasions to prove my faith. It has been difficult at times, but I held on. I gave my worries over to God. I asked…

Oct 08, 2014
The Children's Word

The Children’s Word: In One Ear…and Out the Other!

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 08, 2014
Orthodox News

VIDEO: Archbishop Demetrios’ Invitation to Ground Blessing of Saint Nicholas Church

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America extends an invitation to all of the faithful of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to join him along with the…

Oct 08, 2014