From Dust You Came… To Toxic Goo You Shall Return?

From Dust You Came… To Toxic Goo You Shall Return?

“Mom, what do you want for Mother’s Day?” “I would like a ‘coffin table’.” “That’s weird. People will think we’re strange. What else do you want?” For a few years now, I have asked my family to give me a custom-made “coffin table,” a coffee table with a hinged lid...

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Review: A Christian Ending, A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition

Review: A Christian Ending, A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition

A Christian ending to our lives, painless, blameless and peaceful; and a good defense before the dread judgment seat of Christ, let us ask of the Lord. – Ancient Christian Petition I think I’ve always been comfortable talking about death. It wasn’t the kind of thing my parents whispered about...

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Recollections of Jerusalem: Interview with Anya Berezina Derrick

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. Her book is a memoir and autobiography that opens up a wonderful world of history and spirituality from a unique perspective: What inspired you to write Recollections...

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IOCC Book Distribution Promotes Learning To Underserved Youth In U.S.

IOCC Book Distribution Promotes Learning To Underserved Youth In U.S.

Caption: Families and community leaders gather before St. Innocent Orthodox Cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska, as His Grace, Bishop David of the Orthodox Church in America Diocese of Sitka and Alaska, blesses more than 8,000 new books donated by IOCC for the state’s underserved children. The books will be distributed to...

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How Do We Pray the Psalms?

How Do We Pray the Psalms?

How do we pray the Psalms? We should surely take our lead from the Holy Fathers of the Early Church and learn from their wisdom. Whilst researching the origins of the Jesus Prayer, I came across some fascinating insights in psalm-commentaries accredited to Fathers of the third, fourth and fifth...

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Dr. Kyriakos Markides on Monasticism

Dr. Kyriakos Markides on Monasticism

As a member of the university community in the United States, Dr. Kyriakos Markides felt he had become secularized by his training. In this interview with Fr. Chris, he shares his yearning for something meaningful and how this lead him back to his Orthodox faith. Dr. Markides also recounts how...

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Strengthening the Faith of Children and Teens

Strengthening the Faith of Children and Teens

This week on CRTL, Fr. Barnabas Powell talks about dealing with building and strengthening the faith of children and youth. Then stay tuned for Dr. Chrissi Hart about her new book, The Legend of the Cross. __________________________________________ Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network.  You can find the Orthodox Christian Network...

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What a Wonderful World? A review of Lois Lowry’s The Giver

What a Wonderful World? A review of Lois Lowry’s The Giver

If you don’t like spoilers beforehand for your books or movies, then read no further in this post! Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newberry-winning novel for young adults, The Giver, tapped into the dystopian tradition of Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World, long before the Hunger Games books and movies became the...

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Parent Review: St. George and the Dragon

Parent Review: St. George and the Dragon

Brenda Praggastis and her teen-aged daughter Elena both read Michael Lotti’s new book, St. George and the Dragon. They agreed to read the book separately and write separate reviews, so that we could share with you both parent and teen perspectives on the book.  Here’s Brenda’s response to the book....

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Teen Review: St. George and the Dragon

Teen Review: St. George and the Dragon

Elena Praggastis and her mother Brenda both read Michael Lotti’s new book, St. George and the Dragon. They agreed to read the book separately and write separate reviews, so that we could share with you both parent and teen perspectives on the book.  Here’s Elena’s response to the book. Click...

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