Père Placide Deseille has gone to his rest in the Lord

Père Placide Deseille has gone to his rest in the Lord

At one o’clock, midday, on 7 January (2018), the day when the Orthodox Church honours the Synaxis of the Honourable Forerunner, Archimandrite Placide Deseille departed this life at the age of 91. Born on 16 April, 1926, in Issy-les-Moulineaux, in France, Père Placide became a monk at the Cistercian monastery...

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Let God Arise: LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory

Let God Arise: LIVE Q & A with Fr. Gregory

Every person asks questions.  Here at Orthodox Christian Network we encourage it.  Fr. Gregory Joyce blesses our OCN Community. 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.   We thank you to those that...

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When My Baba Died

When My Baba Died

When My Baba Died, by Marjorie Kunch, helps children understand the activities during funeral and burial services. Written according to the Serbian/Slavic Orthodox traditions, this book touches upon many details a grieving parent might struggle to explain.  There are several things I truly appreciate about this book. First, the author...

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Archbishop Demetrios Attends Funeral of South Carolina Slain Pastor Rev. Clementa Pinckney

Archbishop Demetrios Attends Funeral of South Carolina Slain Pastor Rev. Clementa Pinckney

NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, attended today, Jun. 26, 2015, the funeral service for South Carolina State Sen. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was slain last Wednesday with eight others, inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Archbishop Demetrios attended...

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Memento Mori and Resurrected Life

Memento Mori and Resurrected Life

Esophageal cancer killed Jerry, my father-in-law. Dying’s final indignity was when the hospice nurse informed him that he couldn’t wear his 501 Levi’s anymore. Too many years of stress as an IBM executive extracted its toll on his body. The surgeon thought he caught the cancer early enough. But the...

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Yahoo: Greek Orthodox Church Bans Religious Rites at Cremations

Yahoo: Greek Orthodox Church Bans Religious Rites at Cremations

Orthodox Christianity does not support the cremation of human beings after they die. Because we believe that each person is created in the image of God, we treat the human body with care and honor it always. However, cremation continues to be a major part of the funeral industry in...

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From Dust You Came… To Toxic Goo You Shall Return?

From Dust You Came… To Toxic Goo You Shall Return?

“Mom, what do you want for Mother’s Day?” “I would like a ‘coffin table’.” “That’s weird. People will think we’re strange. What else do you want?” For a few years now, I have asked my family to give me a custom-made “coffin table,” a coffee table with a hinged lid...

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Review: A Christian Ending, A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition

Review: A Christian Ending, A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition

A Christian ending to our lives, painless, blameless and peaceful; and a good defense before the dread judgment seat of Christ, let us ask of the Lord. – Ancient Christian Petition I think I’ve always been comfortable talking about death. It wasn’t the kind of thing my parents whispered about...

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Making Orthodox Coffins

Making Orthodox Coffins

Listen today as Fr. Chris talks with Daniel Kowalcheck about making Orthodox coffins. When Daniel’s mother started losing her battle with cancer, he wanted to honor her and her deep faith and love for Orthodoxy.  So when it came time to purchase a coffin for his dying mother, he knew...

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Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Resurrecting Positive Themes in the Rite for the Dead

Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Resurrecting Positive Themes in the Rite for the Dead

THE ISSUE AT HAND Within the corpus of liturgical services in the Eastern Church, no one rite would be expected to draw as thoroughly and vividly the stark contrast between death and resurrection as the funeral. This thematology of opposites, however, and their related sub-themes (e.g. despair and hope, darkness...

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