How Does Christmas Work?

How Does Christmas Work?

For many people, Christmas comes every year as surely as the sun comes up. It’s like death and taxes – nothing could prevent it…or could it? When you look closely at the real story of Christmas, you will discover what a miracle it was. Fr. Chris Metropulos draws our attention...

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Let’s Go Clubbing

Let’s Go Clubbing

What is the purpose of the church? Why do we have it or need it? Join Chuck Powell, who has since become Fr. Barnabas Powell, as he asks the question: what’s the primary task of a Christian Church? Some say it’s just a religious club, some say it’s meant to...

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Orthodoxy in Romania

Orthodoxy in Romania

On Special Moments in Orthodox, Dr. Keith Massey presents a video podcast report from Romania. Many Americans hear “Romania” and immediately think of Dracula. In fact, you’ll learn that Romania is a thriving Orthodox country. It suffered under Communist oppression for many years, but the Church survived and now is...

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Comparing Married Life and Monastic Life

Comparing Married Life and Monastic Life

In Orthodox Christianity, both marriage and monasticism are understood to be vocations. Each of these two great callings can be a pathway to God, and both are holy and sacred. Listen now as Fr. Nicholas Apostola draws on his memories of Romanian monastics in exile during the Communist period to...

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Truth Telling

Truth Telling

Truth telling can be life-changing, dangerous, liberating. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us that we will know the truth, and “the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32). Listen in as Aristotle Papanikolaou talks with us about truth telling and how it influences our understanding of ourselves, sin,...

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What do you know about the Nicene Creed?

What do you know about the Nicene Creed?

Fr. Thomas Hopko joins us to talk about the Creed we Orthodox recite every Sunday in church. Although most of us have memorized it, there is always more to learn about its origins and its meaning, both in church history and in our life of faith. For example, did you...

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In a New York State of Mind

In a New York State of Mind

Jessie Beddoe, one of our teen contributors at OCN, shares the story of a special experience she had during a visit to New York City. What started out as a day of vacation adventure became a chance to explore the deepest instincts of her living faith. Posted by the Orthodox...

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The Story of Saint Basil

The Story of Saint Basil

On Special Moments in Orthodoxy, Fr. Spiro Bobotas tells the story and significance of St. Basil, whose Feast Day is January 1st.

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318 Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

318 Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

In honor of the Sunday of the First Council Fathers, Fr. William Chiganos will discuss the 318 Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council on Special Moments in Orthodoxy.

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Mary and Martha Feast

Mary and Martha Feast

On Special Moments in Orthodoxy, Fr. Chris and Frederica Matthewes Greene discuss Mary and Martha, whose feast day is celebrated on June 4th.

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Wedding Liturgy and Scripture

Wedding Liturgy and Scripture

On Special Moments in Orthodoxy, we recall that Jesus hallowed the intimate bond between man and woman by his ministry and miracle at the Wedding of Cana. Fr. William Chiganos explores the Church’s esteem for marriage in the words of the Wedding Liturgy and Scripture.

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Dealing with Immorality in the Church at Corinth

Dealing with Immorality in the Church at Corinth

Following our Theme of “Let’s Talk About Sex,” we sometimes assume that attention to this topic is only something modern. But the Early Church also grappled with how to balance an appropriate esteem for marriage with speaking out against abuses of our God-given sexual faculties. On Special Moments in Orthodoxy,...

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