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Flights of Faith: Embracing the Spiritual Side-Effects of Fear

Flying didn’t used to bother me. For years, I reveled in taking off from one city and ending up in another. I didn’t think twice about crossing oceans…

Aug 04, 2014
The Sounding

Persecution and Thanksgiving

The Orthodox writer Rod Dreher has popularized the Law of Merited Impossibility, as applied to Christians: “It’s absurd to say Christians are…

Aug 03, 2014
The Sounding

The Theotokos: God’s Mother, Our Mother

“Be the Bee” is a video podcast series produced by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Department of Youth and Young Adult ministries….

Aug 02, 2014
Orthodox News

Iraqi Christians in Lebanon Tell of ISIL’s Brutal Rule

By Nohad Topalian Al-Shofra.com Though the apartment lacks basic furniture and they must sit and sleep on the floor, Iraqi brothers Fadi and Samir Bayous…

Aug 02, 2014
Orthodox News

Crisis in the Middle East: A Video Newscast

Do you know what’s going in the Middle East right now? Ancient Christian communities are being driven from their homes, churches desecrated and destroyed,…

Aug 02, 2014
Orthodox News

Metropolitan Hilarion: World on Brink of World War III

(Moscow, July 31, Interfax) – Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, has…

Aug 01, 2014
The Sounding

Supplications to the Theotokos on Mt. Athos

Beginning on August 1, the Orthodox Church enters a special fasting period, known popularly as the fifteen days. Leading up to the great feast day of the…

Aug 01, 2014
The Sounding

Why the Divine Liturgy is Truly Heaven on Earth

St. Germanos of Constantinople said: “The Church is the Earthly Heaven, in which the Heavenly God dwells and moves.” Find out why the Church…

Aug 01, 2014
The Sounding

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on the Meaning of the Word “Liturgy”

Metropolitan Kallisos Ware is one of the leading Orthodox theologians of the last several generations. He is a sought-after speaker, appearing at scholarly…

Aug 01, 2014
Orthodox News

Obama administration to Turkey: Reopen Halki Seminary

Editor’s note: Part of a blog post by Hannah Gais at the Foreign Policy Association In an annual report released by the Department of State this…

Aug 01, 2014
Orthodox News

Orthodox countries should reject Western legal, political, and moral values, says Russian Orthodox official

Moscow (November 29, Interfax) – The Moscow Patriarchate has called on Orthodox countries, including Russia, not to change in dialogue with the European…

Jul 31, 2014
Orthodox News

Syriac Orthodox bishop: Muslims enemies of Christ

BEIRUT (The Daily Star): The Syriac Orthodox bishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli George Saliba Wednesday denounced Muslims as enemies of Jesus, accusing…

Jul 31, 2014
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