The Saints Stand By Us

The Saints Stand By Us

Dr. Petros Panayiotopoulos   When we refer to the life of a saint, we tend to extol their actions and promote them mostly on the basis of the wonderful things they performed. From very ancient times, it was thought that this elevation and emphasis, sometimes even exaggeration, in the narrative...

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Life in the Church

Life in the Church

Petros Panayiotopoulos   Shortly before He was taken away to be put to death, Christ turned to His heavenly Father and addressed Him in fervent prayer. The prayer is so important for the spiritual formation of the Church that it’s known in Greek as the “Archiepiscopal Prayer”. In it, Jesus...

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Αn Unknown Modern Hero – 2

Αn Unknown Modern Hero – 2

Petros Panayiotopoulos   Four years ago, I had the pleasure to meet him and directly delight in his innocent kindness and simplicity. People from Sofia know him as Elder Dobri Dobrev from the village Baylovo. He is a 96 year old elder who could often be seen standing in front...

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An unknown modern hero -1

An unknown modern hero -1

Petros Panayiotopoulos   Mr. Dobri Dobrev is a 98 year old man who lost his hearing in the second world war. He walks 10 kilometers from his village in his homemade clothes to the city of Sofya, where he spends the day begging for money. Though a well known fixture...

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The Experience of Orthodox Life

The Experience of Orthodox Life

Watch Now  Elder Ephraim from Simonos Petra Monastery, Mt Athos, Greece, speaks about the depth of Orthodox spiritual life. Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned by SCOBA to...

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Elder Joseph of Vatopedi on the life and personality of Abbess Taisia

Elder Joseph of Vatopedi on the life and personality of Abbess Taisia

Our Church, with its rich patristic tradition, is not devoid of examples and stories on spiritual matters in order to coach its people. Both our Fathers and the martyrs have left abundant material of remarkable splendor which refers to their life stories. Their sweet smelling words and their teachings have...

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Political Correctness for Orthodox Christians

Political Correctness for Orthodox Christians

  Being PC… a Patient Christian, by Vicki Toppses A few weeks ago, the college in which I work was caught up in a fervor of contentiousness, just because we share the same name with another college, 1000 miles away. Calls, emails and angry threats poured in to our offices...

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An Animated Version of Fr. Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living

An Animated Version of Fr. Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living

Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko reposed in the Lord on March 18 of this year. He was an influential figure in American Orthodoxy, in part due to his long tenure at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and in part due to the popular nature of his lectures, talks, and writings. He spoke well and...

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