Father Gavrilo Vučković, the ‘Elder of Facebook’, has died

Father Gavrilo Vučković, the ‘Elder of Facebook’, has died

Dr. Petros Panayiotopoulos   On the afternoon of Great Wednesday, a great missionary figure of our time, Archimandrite Gavrilo Vučković, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Lepavina, in Croatia, rendered his soul to the Lord, at the age of 73. The funeral service was conducted on Monday of Bright Week,...

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In the Middle East, death is defeated on the Cross

In the Middle East, death is defeated on the Cross

Dimitrios Athanasiou   In recent years, particularly after the uprising among the Arab peoples, with the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ after 2011, Christians in the Middle East have been subjected to continuous persecution from Islamist organizations in countries in the region.About three years ago, on 29 June 2014, the Islamist organization...

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LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory – What happens to the Soul After Death

LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory – What happens to the Soul After Death

Every other week Fr. Gregory goes LIVE on OCN Facebook and has a worldwide audience of questions and answers with viewers and supporters like you. ABOUT FR. GREGORY JOYCE Fr. Gregory Joyce is the Rector of St. Vladimir’s Church, part of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Fr. Gregory served...

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Preparing for the Unexpected in Life

Preparing for the Unexpected in Life

Have you or someone you know experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death? In her book, Naming the Child: Hope-Filled Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death, Matushka Jenny Schroedel speaks with Fr. Chris about grief and loss concerning the death of a baby. Her book, Naming the Child: Hope-Filled...

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Surviving Miscarriage and Trusting the Process

Surviving Miscarriage and Trusting the Process

Joe and I started trying to get pregnant in April. But I did not expect to conceive so quickly. Having received chemotherapy to treat my multiple sclerosis, as well as radiation to manage a thyroid condition that developed in the midst of it all, I was anticipating a long journey of failed attempts...

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A Right to Die?

A Right to Die?

A woman in Holland, suffering from severe PTSD because of childhood sexual abuse is put to death – euthanized – because doctors decide her condition is incurable, in spite of intensive therapy making positive differences in her illness. In 2014, Belgium became the first country in the world to allow...

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God’s Image and Likeness in Death and in Art

God’s Image and Likeness in Death and in Art

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl040216wv.mp3 In this episode of Come Receive the Light we have two interviews. First, Fr. Chris speaks with Dr. Timothy G. Patitsas, Assistant Professor of Ethics at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology about the Orthodox understanding of death and the proper way to lay a body to rest...

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The Mystery of Death and Resurrection

The Mystery of Death and Resurrection

During the past several months, I have have gotten hooked on the soundtrack to the newest Broadway hit musical, Hamilton. Historically meticulous and set to a hip-hop score, it chronicles the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s lesser-known Founding Fathers. In a brilliant stylistic choice, the play is narrated by...

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Facing Death and Judgment

Facing Death and Judgment

FACING DEATH AND JUDGMENT This past week I spoke with a 62 year old woman who is dying. Several months ago her doctors told her that she has six months to live due to a rare form of cancer. Of course, this woman is extremely sad at her prospects. Yet...

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Sunday’s Gospel: Blessed New Year’s Resolutions 

Sunday’s Gospel: Blessed New Year’s Resolutions 

      What are some New Year’s resolutions you made this year? It is now Day 3 of the New Year – are you still staying faithful to the resolutions? Why do so many people make New Year’s resolutions? Is it because we see something in our lives we...

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