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The Sounding

Tree Change Dolls – Why We Care

Four days ago, I discovered Tree Change Dolls. When I discovered them, the Facebook page had 23,000+ likes. I checked again at intervals, during the day,…

Feb 16, 2015
Orthodox News

Statement by Bishop Angaelos on Brutal Murder of Coptic Christians in Libya

Coptic Orthodox Church (Europe) Media and Communications Office Statement by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in…

Feb 16, 2015
Orthodox News

ISIS Beheads 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians for Being “People of the Cross”

ISIS released a video on Sunday of the beheading of a group of Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya. According to a spokesman from the Coptic Orthodox…

Feb 16, 2015
The Sounding

Fifty Shades of Horror

There’s been a lot of hype about 50 Shades of Grey, mostly centering around the steamy, explicit and kinky sex that goes on in the book. There’s been…

Feb 13, 2015
The Sounding

Introducing St. Ephrem the Syrian (II): Images and Themes from His Hymns on Paradise

The fifteen poems which comprise Ephrem’s Hymns on Paradise revolve around the poetic figure suggested in their title, taking as their starting point…

Feb 13, 2015
The Sounding

Introducing St. Ephrem the Syrian (I)

St. Ephrem the Syrian, who is remembered on Jan 28th on the Orthodox calendar, is one of the greatest of Christian poet-theologians, as well the most important…

Feb 13, 2015
The Sounding

The Diakonia Center Changes Lives

The Orthodox Christian Network’s headquarters are at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Every year, we watch as kids…

Feb 13, 2015
The Sounding

Albania: A Case for Long-Term Missions

My first visit to Albania was in 2012. The full impact of the global economic crisis was beginning to hit hard as scores of Albanians who made their livings…

Feb 12, 2015
The Sounding

Men in Black: Video about Orthodox Clergy and Monastic Attire

Why do Orthodox clergy and monastics dress like they do? In this short documentary, Abbot Tryphon explains that the clothing worn by Orthodox clergy and…

Feb 11, 2015
The Children's Word

The Children’s Word: Mine, Mine, Mine!

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

Feb 11, 2015
The Sounding

The Grace of Incorruption: The Selected Essays of Donald Sheehan on Orthodox Faith and Poetics

As I chanted, the fifth verse struck me like a blow: “Weeping shall endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Although my eyes were brimming…

Feb 11, 2015
Orthodox News

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Is There a Future for Ecumenism?

Below is a lecture by the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, at…

Feb 11, 2015

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