‘Come Receive the Light’ Chanted in Many Languages

‘Come Receive the Light’ Chanted in Many Languages

In the Paschal Vigil, there is a dramatic moment when the faithful wait in darkness for the Paschal Light to emerge. As soon as it does, a famous hymn is chanted: “Come Receive the Light, from the Unwaining Light, and Glorify Christ, Who is risen from the dead.” In the...

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What is Martyrdom?

What is Martyrdom?

Are you willing to die for your faith? Do you know what it means to be a martyr? Fr. Chris brings these questions to Dr.James Skedros, Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Professor of Early Christianity, for insight into the ways...

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The First Kenyan Bishop

The First Kenyan Bishop

Modern missionaries are very sensitive to the culture they enter when baptizing and teaching the Orthodox faith. Listen to this interesting conversation between Fr. Chris and Fr. Robert Lawrence, pastor of St. Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church in Mooresvilles, NC. Having participated in two OCMC short-term mission trips to Africa, Fr....

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Toxic Charity

Toxic Charity

Can there be too much of a good thing? When it comes to missions, it’s called toxic charity. Modern missionaries are sensitive to this reality and are careful to make new Christian communities self-sufficient according to their local traditions and culture. Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Presvytera Renee Ritsi...

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This Month: The First 300 Years of Christianity

This Month: The First 300 Years of Christianity

Dear Friends of OCN, Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti! Christos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese! al-Masīḥ qām! Ḥaqqan qām! This month, as Orthodox around the globe continue our celebration and remembrance of Christ’s holy and glorious Resurrection, join us at OCN for a month-long look at the first 300...

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