Christ’s Behavior (Matth. 4, 12-17)

Christ’s Behavior (Matth. 4, 12-17)

Metropolitan Ioïl (Frangkakos) of Edessa, Pella, and Almopia   ‘When he heard that John had been delivered up, he withdrew into Galilee’. Christ’s behavior towards people wasn’t monolithic. He reacted in a variety of ways. In any case, He became incarnate, was made manifest to people and revealed His wisdom...

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The Word became flesh (John 1, 14) A Sermon on the Nativity of Christ

The Word became flesh (John 1, 14) A Sermon on the Nativity of Christ

Saint John of Kronstadt   The Word became flesh; that is, the Son of God, co-eternal with God the Father and with the Holy Spirit, became human — having become incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. O, wondrous, awesome and salvific mystery! The One Who had no...

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What is Christmas without Christ?

What is Christmas without Christ?

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/TT/TT_2012/TT_121214.mp3 Listen Now  as noted Orthodox scholar Fr. John McGuckin offers a fresh perspective on the chronic problem of celebrating an Orthodox feast amidst powerful secular influences. What is Christmas without Christ?  Hear his surprising interpretation of “Happy Holidays,” a phrase which is often criticized in Christian circles. Fr. John...

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The Aim of Christ’s Redemptive Work

The Aim of Christ’s Redemptive Work

Alexandros Christodoulou, Theologian   In his First Epistle, Saint John the Evangelist tells us that the aim of Christ’s redemptive work was the abolition of the devil’s dominion over human nature: ‘The Son of God appeared so that He might destroy the works of the devil’ (1 Jn. 3, 8)....

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When Christ Appeared to Saint Efraim Katounakiotis

When Christ Appeared to Saint Efraim Katounakiotis

One of the brethren was troubled and went to see the Elder. He begged him: ‘Elder, say a prayer for me to be rid of my sadness’. He put his hands on the man’s head and prayed as he usually did. Then he said to him: ‘Listen, son. In the...

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The Hero’s Journey. Walking the path to Christ Likeness

The Hero’s Journey. Walking the path to Christ Likeness

Orthodox Christian Network Parish Partner Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Washington, DC hosted popular “Orthodoxy Boot Camp” lecture series!  Over 100 participants.  Sponsored by: Saint Sophia Ministry of Outreach and Evangelism & Young Adult League (YAL). Media Sponsor: Orthodox Christian Network. Check out previous series.  Divine Liturgy 101 – Breaking...

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Meeting with the Samaritan Woman (2)

Meeting with the Samaritan Woman (2)

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   While the Samaritan woman was talking to Christ, she basically didn’t understand what he was saying. He was talking on the level of eternal life. She automatically transferred what she heard to the level of this transitory life. There...

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Meeting with the Samaritan Woman (1)

Meeting with the Samaritan Woman (1)

George Mantzaridis, Professor Emeritus, Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Any encounter with Christ astonishes people. If you’re not astonished, you should ask yourself whether you actually encountered Christ, if you really felt His presence. This astonishment isn’t inexplicable, nor absurd, but rather it’s understandable and rational. It’s something...

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The Good Unbelief of Thomas

The Good Unbelief of Thomas

Elder Moses the Athonite †   In one of its hymns, our Church calls the unbelief of Thomas “good”. Understandably one would wonder – is there good and bad unbelief? There seems to be, because humans are not purely good or evil. In one who has a clean conscience, good...

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Great Friday. Christ on Golgotha!

Great Friday. Christ on Golgotha!

Saint Nicholas Velimirovich The fourth evil-doer was Pilate, Caesar’s representative in Jerusalem, who in a sense stood for the whole of the pagan world at the trial of Christ. Pilate looked down on the Jews, and the Jews returned the favour. At first he wasn’t of a mind to become...

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