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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
The Sounding

Understanding Struggle

Editor’s Note: This article was originally written as an entry for the 2014 St. Nikolaj Velimirovich Oratorical Festival. Your Eminences, Your Graces,…

Oct 08, 2014
The Sounding

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 5

Logismoi, or these ‘evil thoughts’, may be manipulated to stir up anxiety and anger aimed against those people with whom we are closest. This often…

Oct 07, 2014
Orthodox News

The Arab Source: Orthodox Priest Kidnapped by Syrian Rebels in Idlib, Faces Charges in Shariah Court

By Leith Fadel Yesterday, an Antiochian Orthodox priest was kidnapped by Jabhat Al-Nusra from his monastery outside of the west Idlib city of Jisr Al-Shughour….

Oct 07, 2014
Orthodox News

National Post: With ISIS an hour away, one of the only remaining Christian communities makes its ‘last stand in Iraq’

By Matthew Fisher IRBIL, Iraq — With extremists flying the black flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham less than an hour down the road, the future…

Oct 07, 2014
The Sounding

Recollections of Jerusalem: Interview with Anya Berezina Derrick

I had the pleasure of recently speaking with Anya Berezina Derrick about her new book, Recollections of Jerusalem, published by Holy Trinity Publications….

Oct 06, 2014
Orthodox News

Georgian Patriarch Will Baptize 600 Babies in Mass Ceremony

The religious leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church is preparing to baptize about 600 babies in a mass baptism this Sunday. The occasion will be the 37th…

Oct 06, 2014
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