The Children’s Word: A Happy Lent

The Children’s Word: A Happy Lent

Have you ever done something nice for a friend? Well, of course you have! Maybe you picked out a present for him or her, or sent a card, or helped your friend with something. But did you grumble about it? Did you complain? Probably not. When we do something for...

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Lenten Encyclical from Archbishop Demetrios

Lenten Encyclical from Archbishop Demetrios

  Holy and Great Lent   It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more…. Philippians 1:9                                     To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons...

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Father Stephen Powley to Speak at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC

Father Stephen Powley to Speak at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC will be hosting a Philoptochos Lenten Retreat March 14-15, 2016, featuring Father Stephen Powley.   Fr. Stephen Powley is the priest of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Pueblo, CO.   He served as a Prison Chaplain for almost 26 years until...

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And When You Fast

And When You Fast

Jesus said, “And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.  Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting...

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Undeserved Mercy

Undeserved Mercy

  In his recent article on the Ladder, the blog of the Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, Christian Gonzalez puts the Gospel lesson of the Canaanite Woman in a new light. A lesson of humility He recounts the story of how he...

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3 Great Orthodox Christian Books for Middle and Junior High Students

3 Great Orthodox Christian Books for Middle and Junior High Students

Inspired by the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network features Great Books, Music & Teaching Publications featured in the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog.  The Catalog is a publication of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Religious Education.   All items featured...

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Is Our Lenten Struggle Worth It?

Is Our Lenten Struggle Worth It?

Half-way through Great Lent, we are tired, hungry, and a bit grumpy, and the Church encourages us to keep up the struggle if we desire to be with God in Heaven. We are all willing to struggle, sacrifice, and work hard for something which we desire. Do you desire to...

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Are You Scared of Confession?

Are You Scared of Confession?

Does the thought of confession terrify you? You’ve never been? During the Lenten Season, we are encouraged to participate in the sacrament of confession, but many are fearful or suspicious. They just don’t know where to start. Listen as Fr. Chris and Fr. Christodoulos, the Ierokyrix (Preacher/Confessor) of the Greek...

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The Sixth Day of Creation: The Fashioning of Man

The Sixth Day of Creation: The Fashioning of Man

THE SIXTH DAY OF CREATION: THE FASHIONING OF MAN Wednesday, Lent Week I Presanctified Liturgy: Gen. 1:24-2:3; Prov. 2:1-22 1. On the first Wednesday of Lent, we rehearse the sixth day of creation. We catch a glimpse of our beginning, and discern a sign of that path we must follow,...

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Kisses are Better than Ashes

Kisses are Better than Ashes

My first year as an Orthodox Christian I missed Ash Wednesday. I don’t mean forgot to attend or didn’t notice it on the calendar, but literally missed. Felt absence and longing. I understand why the Orthodox Church generally doesn’t notice Ash Wednesday. My prayers are for God alone and not...

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