It’s Too Soon for Christmas!

It’s Too Soon for Christmas!

As we kick-off the Advent season, forty days before Christmas, we are sharing an archived program with Terry Mattingly.  Terry writes the nationally syndicated “On Religion” column for the Universal Uclick Syndicate and is Senior Fellow for Media and Religion at The King’s College in New York City.  Listen as he and Fr. Chris Metropulos, Founding...

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Nativity Devotion, November 13:  Our Advent Journey Begins 

Nativity Devotion, November 13:  Our Advent Journey Begins 

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1   Good morning Prayer Team! We are about to take a journey.  Whether one is a devout Christian or doesn’t know Christ at all, we are all about to take a journey that...

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The Children’s Word: How to Get Ready for Christmas

The Children’s Word: How to Get Ready for Christmas

  How to get ready for Christmas Have you noticed any signs of Christmas? Some stores have had decorations out for weeks. Maybe your neighbors even have Christmas lights or a tree! Did you know that Christmas is 40 days from today? Are you getting ready, too? Every year our...

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Τα δώρα μας προς τον Χριστό

Τα δώρα μας προς τον Χριστό

“Τι δώρα μπορούμε να προσφέρουμε εμείς, οι σημερινοί άνθρωποι στον νεογέννητο Χριστό; Μα φυσικά τις αμαρτίες μας!”   Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network. You can find the Orthodox Christian Network on Google+

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Journey to Bethlehem, Part 4

Journey to Bethlehem, Part 4

Read part 1, part 2, and part 3.  Our journey to Bethlehem through the images in St. Andrei Rublev’s Nativity finishes at the center—a center which has two foci: Mary, the Virgin Mother, and the somewhat less obvious (because of His size) newborn Christ (who, biblically speaking, is not “Jesus”...

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Drawing Closer to the Mother of God During Advent, Part 3

Drawing Closer to the Mother of God During Advent, Part 3

As she continues her exploration of Spiritual Writers on the topic of the Mother of God, Veronica begins to transition her reflection from Mary to the Birth of the Word of God with the hauntingly beautiful melody and words of the hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” She shares passages...

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Psenica: A Serbian Christmas Custom

Psenica: A Serbian Christmas Custom

On the feastday of St Nicholas, which occurs on December 19th in the Old Calendar, wheat grains (žito) are planted in a small bowl or plate for this Serbian Christmas custom. After the Lord’s Prayer is recited, the seeds are watered and left to grow for the remainder of Advent....

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Journey to Bethlehem, Part 3

Journey to Bethlehem, Part 3

Click to read Part 1 and Part 2 The Angels are rejoicing and proclaiming the Good News.  The Magi, journeying from afar, bear their gifts foreshadowing the divinity, sovereignty, and humanity of Christ.  The shepherds, the first Jews to believe, explain what they have seen and heard, leading others, too, to...

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Drawing Closer to the Mother of God During Advent, Part 2

Drawing Closer to the Mother of God During Advent, Part 2

In this episode, we explore the prayer life of the Theotokos, primarily drawing upon the significance of her practice of secret meditation of the heart, as we read in the words of Saint Luke, “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Saint Gregory Palamas...

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Fasting before Christmas? Really…REALLY?

Fasting before Christmas? Really…REALLY?

Greetings in the Lord.  I want to welcome you to Generation ICXC, a new initiative that is pretty exciting!  Coming to this very spot, you will be able to submit questions about the Orthodox Christian Faith that we will try to answer.  The answers will not be Theological expositions (I...

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