“Our Father”, the Perfect Prayer

“Our Father”, the Perfect Prayer

George Babiniotis, Professor When the bell rings and everybody tries to avoid saying their prayers (a parody of a prayer, but one which just may be, for some, the last thread connecting their lives with God and therefore the only little window through which they can get into Paradise), let’s...

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Our Father

Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation,...

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God is Father

God is Father

God is Father. What does that mean? Here’s what it doesn’t mean: We have, as a human reality, such a thing as fatherhood. Because we can’t really conceptualize God, we use human metaphors to define him. God as “father,” then, is a human construct that is helpful to partially understand...

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Honor Thy Father

Honor Thy Father

At a recent presentation by the Orthodox Christian Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I was in the company of Metropolitan Savas and many Orthodox priests. Surprisingly, it made me ache momentarily for my own father, until I realized I was surrounded by many “Fathers.” Indeed, I said “Father” a couple of...

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The Children’s Word: Like Father, Like Son

The Children’s Word: Like Father, Like Son

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Presvytera Alexandra talks about parents and kids. Do you do what your parents ask you to do? Always? Are there ever times when you don’t want to? Probably!...

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Explaining the Trinity to Muslims

Explaining the Trinity to Muslims

Recently, the following question was received by OCN: Hi, Thanks for a great page and I’m very happy to see my Orthodox brothers and sisters from around the world. I have a question maybe you could help me to answer. I have a friend (a Muslim convert) who is questioning...

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