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Demonic Possession or Mental Illness: How Can You Tell?

Rawan from Australia asks about demonic possession: “I am completely dumbfounded when it comes to topics like demonic possession. In the Bible, those…

Feb 20, 2015
Orthodox News

Archbishop Demetrios: Lent Is Not a Journey of Despair

Holy and Great Lent Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…. Matthew 3:8                                     To the Most Reverend…

Feb 20, 2015
Orthodox News

St. Katherine Film Series Highlights Smyrna Documentary & ISIS Threat

  ST. KATHERINE FILM SERIES HIGHLIGHTS SMYRNA DOCUMENTARY & ISIS THREAT “SMYRNA:  DESTRUCTION OF A COSMOPOLITAN CITY,” a documentary film…

Feb 20, 2015
Orthodox News

St. Katherine ‘I Too Am a Nazarene’ Pin Sales to Benefit Persecuted Christians

ST KATHERINE ‘I TOO AM A NAZARENE’ PIN SALES TO BENEFIT PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS & REFUGEES IN MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT St. Katherine Greek Orthodox…

Feb 20, 2015
The Sounding

Man of Steel, Man of Faith? Part 5: “And the American Way”

How does one define “Americana?” Anything that represents American culture? Baseball, apple pie, and the Fourth of July? Whatever’s decorating the…

Feb 19, 2015
Orthodox News

Archbishop Demetrios Offers Condolences and Special Prayer Service for Slain Coptic Orthodox Christians in Libya

NEW YORK – After learning about the recent brutal slaying of twenty-one Coptic Orthodox Christians from Egypt by the members of ISIS, Archbishop Demetrios…

Feb 19, 2015
The Sounding

Enter into the Spirit of Great Lent

Great Lent is about stepping out of the busyness of life and intentionally entering an arena to battle the passions. We are called to live simply and in…

Feb 19, 2015
The Children's Word

The Children’s Word: Treasures in Heaven

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 18, 2015
The Sounding

What Is the Relationship between Faith and Science?

During a question and answer time after a lecture, His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos Ware was asked about the relationship between faith and science—particularly…

Feb 18, 2015
The Sounding

Kisses are Better than Ashes

My first year as an Orthodox Christian I missed Ash Wednesday. I don’t mean forgot to attend or didn’t notice it on the calendar, but literally missed….

Feb 18, 2015
The Sounding

Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part 2)

Read Part 1 here. I ran across a compelling quote from the pen of St. John Chrysostom, which I believe is very telling of the spiritual poverty people…

Feb 17, 2015
The Sounding

Holy Lent: It’s All About the Joy, No Sadness (Part I)

I still recall the excitement I felt as a youth growing up in Boston (and even now as an adult!) when attending a professional sports event. Wearing the…

Feb 17, 2015

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