Finding a Patron Saint for John

Finding a Patron Saint for John

Recently we were invited to Baby John’s baptism and I was planning to gift an icon of Epiphany.  We always gift an icon of Epiphany for baptisms, if we can.  It’s the icon of St. John the Forerunner and Baptist, baptizing Jesus. I started to wonder if he was being...

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The Important Role of Godparents in the Life of Our Orthodox Babies

The Important Role of Godparents in the Life of Our Orthodox Babies

There is a scene from the original Super-Man movies where Jor-El, the father of Earth’s allegorical savior, says these final words before sending his son away from his doomed planet and to Earth. “You will travel far, my little Kal-El, but we will never leave you. Even in the face...

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The Benefits of a Father Confessor

The Benefits of a Father Confessor

​Is temptation the same as committing the sin? Archimandrite Christodoulos (Papadeas)​,​ the IEROKYRIX (Preacher/Confessor) of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta​,​ talks with Fr. Chris and answers this question and many more, such as: Do you know how to find a spiritual father?, Do we have to confess everything?, and...

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The Case for Infant Baptism

The Case for Infant Baptism

Christian baptism is about conversion, as a quick look at the Orthodox liturgical texts reveals. Questions are addressed to the candidate, requiring him or her to renounce Satan, and to seal this renunciation by spitting upon him. Next questions are addressed to the candidate, requiring a statement of union with...

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Celebrating the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River

Celebrating the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan River

It was simply a most glorious celebration of the Epiphany on the Jordan River today. (January 19 is Epiphany for those following the Old Julian calendar.) There were hundreds of priests, nuns, and thousands of people from all walks of life coming to the precious site where over 2,000 years...

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St. John Chrysostom on the Feast of Theophany

St. John Chrysostom on the Feast of Theophany

We shall now say something about the present feast.  Many celebrate the feastdays and know their designations, but the cause for which they were established they know not. Thus concerning this, everyone knows that the present feast is called Theophany; but what this is, and whether it be one thing...

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Forty-Five Baptized in Pointe-Noire, Congo

Forty-Five Baptized in Pointe-Noire, Congo

Forty-Five Baptized in Pointe-Noire, Congo On the morning of 24 December 2014, His Grace Panteleimon Bishop of Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon performed the baptisms of forty-five newly enlightened Congolese of all ages, coming from the three Parish Communities in Pointe-Noire, in the outdoor baptistery in the Holy Cathedral Church of St. Dimitrios,...

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Orientation

Orientation

So many churches (especially in the OCA) in the Northeast are celebrating, right now, their half- or centennial anniversaries. What marvelous celebrations. I give thanks to God for every Orthodox Christian, who 50-100 years ago brought and kept the Holy Orthodox Faith in this land, so that I, a stranger...

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It’s All About Family

It’s All About Family

When you were baptized and chrismated into the Church, you became a child of God. Our God is the only God who allows His people to call Him Father, and He has given us a Mother, the Church, to guide, protect, and comfort us as we grow, perfecting holiness as...

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Georgian Patriarch Will Baptize 600 Babies in Mass Ceremony

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 baby baptism ceremony since he began the occasion in 2008. In this time Patriarch Ilia II has become godfather to 19,136 children. After...

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