Encyclical on Bearing an Icon of the Holy Trinity in a Procession

Encyclical on Bearing an Icon of the Holy Trinity in a Procession

Since a question was asked at our office concerning the propriety of bearing an icon of the Holy Trinity in a procession, the theological advisor to the Holy Metropolis of Mani, Georgios Filias, Professor of Liturgics at the University of Athens, was asked to respond and he did so in...

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The Icon of Our Lady of Consolation

The Icon of Our Lady of Consolation

As you go up the staircase to the right of the central door of the main church of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, there’s a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Consolation. It was here that the wonder-working icon of Our Lady, a wall-painting from the 14th century...

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“Is Saint Nicholas Real?”

“Is Saint Nicholas Real?”

While listening to an entertaining radio drama about what to tell your kids if they ask you whether Santa Claus ~ St. Nick is for real. To show our deep appreciation of your support, we have an icon of St. Nicholas linked below for you to print and place in...

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A Brief Comment on the Icon of the Resurrection

A Brief Comment on the Icon of the Resurrection

Athanasios Moustakis   We shall try here to point out the main features of the Orthodox icon which is entitled “The Descent into Hell”. The first thing to note is that it is entirely different from the Western-style depiction, which shows Christ emerging triumphantly from the tomb, holding a little...

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Have You Kissed Your Eikona Today?

Have You Kissed Your Eikona Today?

Many mornings we wake up rushed and ready to begin a new day of working, parenting, achieving…of living. We grab our coffee, eat some breakfast and run out the door to head into the ‘world.’ But have we forgotten something…something rather important? “Having raised me from bed and sleep, O...

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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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Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Fr. Lazarakis explains the importance of the Sunday of Orthodoxy and Icons. Icons teach us three important things that are critical to our salvation. Icons remind us that God became a Man and we see that pictured. Icons teach us that if we devote ourselves, we can become holy like the...

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Powerful Lessons from a Living Icon

Powerful Lessons from a Living Icon

I was reading about the life of Saint Chad, abbot and bishop of the Northumbrians and Mercians in 7th century Ireland. He viscerally reminded me of my yiayia, who taught me long ago by her example. Whenever a huge, terrifying storm sprang up, St. Chad would prostrate himself in prayer...

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Across the Border, but Close to Home

Across the Border, but Close to Home

As we continue the Nativity fast and draw near to our loved ones for Christmas; family stories seem to emanate from the warm glow of Christ’s birth. What seems like days, has been years now, since my little sister left for Mexico. Somewhere around five years ago my sister, an...

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An Epic Iconography Project

An Epic Iconography Project

  Closing our six-part series on PISTEVO, the Art of Belief, we have Robert Augustinos, President of the Parish Council of Christ Our Savior, Greek Orthodox Church in Rye, New York.  He speaks with Fr. Chris to tell us about his joys, concerns and inspirations after starting such an impressive...

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