Not Contractually Obligated: The Orthodox Marriage Ceremony

Not Contractually Obligated: The Orthodox Marriage Ceremony

Not Contractually Obligated:  The Orthodox Marriage Ceremony Marriage may be the most common institution in society, but it is also not well understood.  With so many marriages finding themselves in difficulty, how does the Orthodox Church approach this cornerstone of family life? ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official...

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A Love for the Ages

A Love for the Ages

My inevitable physical end of life is not something upon which I dwell. I’d rather think of myself as being somewhere in my thirties despite the evidence in the mirror and the 20 and 30 year old adults who claim to be my children (who are these people and why...

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Who is My Neighbor?

Who is My Neighbor?

St. Silouan the Athonite (1866 – 1938) writes, “Both Christ’s commandments – of love towards God and love towards our neighbour – make up a single life. Therefore, if a man believes that he lives in and loves God and then hates his brother, he is deluded. In this manner...

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Living in His Likeness

Living in His Likeness

There are moments in my spiritual walk when I am blessed to behold the beauty of God in a person or persons. For me the moments are few and far between, and when they do happen, I find myself feeling like St. Peter when he beheld the Transfigured Lord on...

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OCF Is Active in the Southeast.

OCF Is Active in the Southeast.

Remembering the North Carolina District Retreat By Gabriella Christy On the weekend of February 13, as president at North Carolina State University, I was lucky enough to host Fr. Anthony Salzman and Presbytera Christine from St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church of Athens, GA (OCF spiritual advisor for the southeast) Fr....

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Agape, Gratitude and the Ten Lepers

Agape, Gratitude and the Ten Lepers

  In the Sunday sermon on the Ten Lepers, Fr. Lazarakis speaks of two virtues: Love and Gratitude.  Of all the virtues, these two are the greatest.  And when we talk about love, agape, which is understood as unconditional love, is the premier.  Watch and listen as we learn more...

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Understanding Love on Valentine’s Day

Understanding Love on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Although this was a day that originally celebrated a 4th century martyred priest, St. Valentine, who obviously loved Jesus Christ above all else, even life itself, it has transformed into a day celebrating the love we have for our spouses and the dearly beloved in our lives. It’s...

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Agape Love vs. Erotic Love

Agape Love vs. Erotic Love

  Saint Valentine In our Western world and culture, February 14th is  Valentine’s Day, a day given to honor romantic love known in Greek as eros.  It is called Valentine’s day, but not too long ago, it was still called St. Valentine’s day.  According to legend, and there are conflicting legends, St....

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Three Lessons on Love

Three Lessons on Love

Love is definitely in the air. It can really be overwhelming.  The jewelry commercials and the marketers suggestions on how love is best expressed are completely off target.  Love isn’t expressed through expensive bobbles and revealing undergarments.  That’s a whole other thing.  Love is a sacred gift from God. I recently...

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Will the Real St. Valentine Please Stand Up? 

Will the Real St. Valentine Please Stand Up? 

Cancel your plans for February 14! As many of us prepare to celebrate Valentine’s day, I thought it would be nice to explore a little bit of the day’s history. As we might expect from our experience with Christmas, the celebration of this secularized holiday bears very little resemblance to...

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