Christmas Means Sharing Space, Experience, and Your Heart

Christmas Means Sharing Space, Experience, and Your Heart

Did God really have to be a baby? Was he really God in the womb? Listen as Fr. Chris and Fr. Vasile Turdora discuss the common questions people have concerning Jesus’ Incarnation.  Fr. Vasile is the parish priest at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist in Euless,...

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Christmas can be approached only through faith

Christmas can be approached only through faith

Athanasios Moustakis ‘When Abraham was called, by faith…’ As is the case every year, the Epistle reading for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ focuses on faith. It consists of two excerpts from chapter 11 of Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews (verses 9-10 and 32-40) in which the Apostle...

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Sunday before the Nativity

Sunday before the Nativity

Metropolitan Varnavas of Neapolis and Stavroupolis THE REALLY GOOD NEWS When people are out of sorts, the last thing they usually want to hear is bad news. On the contrary, they want some good news, to give them a lift, to give them the courage to get on with life....

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Christians Attacked While Celebrating Christmas in India

Christians Attacked While Celebrating Christmas in India

12/16/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that two groups of Christians celebrating the Christmas holiday have been attacked by suspected Hindu radicals in separate attacks during the past week. These attacks come as Christians across India prepare for a tense Christmas holiday next...

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Faith and Personal Finance: Crossing the Christmas Finish Line

Faith and Personal Finance: Crossing the Christmas Finish Line

Do the holidays make you feel like you’re running a marathon, and January 1st is the finish line? You approach it exhausted, spent, out of gas. Come January 2, do you look in the mirror and say, “Hey, I made it, but why doesn’t it feel like I won?” Could...

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The Virgin Birth and Christmas

The Virgin Birth and Christmas

What is the difference between the Immaculate Conception and a virgin birth?  Listen as we begin our weekly program, Come Receive the Light, with an interview between Fr. Chris and Archimandrite Irenei, the Director of Patristics and Church History at the Sts. Cyril and Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies. And...

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The Adoption of Christmas in the Eastern Churches (Part II)

The Adoption of Christmas in the Eastern Churches (Part II)

Thomas Talley From the time of the restoration of orthodoxy with the accession of Theodosius, then, the observance of the nativity festival on De­cember 25 extended smoothly and swiftly from Constantinople, across Cappadocia to Antioch. The older festival of January 6 con­tinued to be observed with the theme of the...

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The Adoption of Christmas in the Eastern Churches (Part I)

The Adoption of Christmas in the Eastern Churches (Part I)

Thomas Talley As with most other questions surrounding the festivals of Christmas and Epiphany, the dissemination of the December festival in the East (and, as we shall see, the reverse process in the West) has been surrounded by controversy that will not soon, it seems, yield to perfect agreement. In...

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Holiday Feasting at God’s Table

Holiday Feasting at God’s Table

How many of you recently have gone out to eat with your families? Holiday shoppers, especially on the weekends, will generally dine out because of the convenience or simply to enjoy the festive atmosphere that virtually every restaurant or public place provides. Naturally, we have all felt the economic pinch...

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Alilo and the Old Calendar

Alilo and the Old Calendar

Photo Source: CNN OCN promotes good practices and values that are apart of a strong Orthodox culture. Living the Faith is a major portion of what we aspire to promote, encourage, and do. Examples such as this article about Christmastide are mere reminders of the gifts that Living with the...

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