The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas

Archimandrite Iakovos Kanakis   At this time of year, people often talk about the ‘spirit of Christmas’. But are we all talking about the same thing? I think not. It seems to me that if the ‘spirit of Christmas’ is only the presents, shopping in general, family meals, gatherings and...

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God reveals his Son to us!

God reveals his Son to us!

Have you ever found a word in the Bible that you don’t understand? Sometimes grown-ups even have to find out what a word means. In the epistle reading today, Saint Paul tells us where the gospel, the good news, came from. “For I did not receive it from man, nor...

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1st Discourse on Fasting [5]

1st Discourse on Fasting [5]

Saint Basil the Great   Fasting in the Old Testament But let’s tie our words to history, examining the antiquity of the fast. It was passed down as a paternal bequest and thus preserved, from one generation to the next, until it came down to us, as our own possession....

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On the Nativity

On the Nativity

Saint Gregory the Theologian   Discourse 38 I. Christ is born, glorify Him. Christ is from heaven, receive Him. Christ is on earth, be lifted up; sing to the Lord, all the earth and, joining both in one, I say: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad that...

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Carols from Kastoria

Carols from Kastoria

What we call ‘kalanda’ (carols) are the songs of praise and goodwill which are sung on the eve of the great Christian feasts and which belong, in anthropological terms, to what we call good luck rituals. The carols for the Twelve Days of Christmas are still remembered, though those for...

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LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

Sponsored by St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD.  These are not classes on high theology that are intimidating or difficult to understand. We focus on the “down to earth” and practical ways we should understand and live our faith. In His parables to the masses, Christ always used practical...

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Christmas can be approached only through faith

Christmas can be approached only through faith

Athanasios Moustakis     ‘When Abraham was called, by faith…’ As is the case every year, the Epistle reading for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ focuses on faith. It consists of two excerpts from chapter 11 of Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews (verses 9-10 and 32-40) in which...

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Orthodox Voices of America: Old Christmas vs. New Christmas & Epiphany

Orthodox Voices of America: Old Christmas vs. New Christmas & Epiphany

Watch Now.  Partners at Pan Orthodox United has shared this video from Orthodox Voices of America on the topic of  “Old Christmas vs. New Christmas & Epiphany.” ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United...

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Waiting in Joyful Hope

Waiting in Joyful Hope

As we come closer to the commemoration of the birth of Christ, we would do well to consider exactly what it is that we celebrate. By in large, the Christian world marks the birth of Jesus in the cave at Bethlehem, the “en-fleshing” of the Divine Word, “full of grace...

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Doxastiko at Lauds on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ (plagal tone four) – Thrasyvoulos Stanitsas

Doxastiko at Lauds on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ (plagal tone four) – Thrasyvoulos Stanitsas

Watch now  The Doxastiko at Lauds on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ in plagal tone four (Των νομικών διδαγμάτων ) by the late Thrasyvoulos Stanitsas, Archon Protopsaltis of the Great Church of Christ, performed by himself and his choir at the lectern. Recorded...

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