Supplications to the Theotokos on Mt. Athos

Supplications to the Theotokos on Mt. Athos

Beginning on August 1, the Orthodox Church enters a special fasting period, known popularly as the fifteen days. Leading up to the great feast day of the Dormition (or Falling Asleep) of the Most Holy Theotokos on August 15, Orthodox Christians fast for 15 days and dedicate themselves to a...

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A Grammy-Winning Composer Saving the World through Beauty

A Grammy-Winning Composer Saving the World through Beauty

Prince Myskin, a character in Dostoevsky’s novel The Idiot, is famous for claiming that “beauty will save the world.” The prince would have loved Arvo Pärt, a Grammy-winning artist and Orthodox Christian from Estonia, who is currently the most performed choral composer in the world. Fr John Behr, Dean of...

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Russian Rapper: Orthodox Priest Uses Hip Hop to Spread Faith

Russian Rapper: Orthodox Priest Uses Hip Hop to Spread Faith

Fr. Maxim Kurlenko is a Russian Orthodox priest in a small town. But he’s also something of a minor hip hop star, at least amongst a growing number of Russians who prefer their hip hop to blend beats with some churchly exhortation — and some harsh words for the West....

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From Albania to Sudan: Orthodox News Around the World

From Albania to Sudan: Orthodox News Around the World

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. I’m Emmy Louvaris. News from Around the World Consecration of Cathedral in Albania Our top story this week comes from Tirana, Albania, marking a major milestone in the...

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Artistic and Cultural Events in the Orthodox Church

Artistic and Cultural Events in the Orthodox Church

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. Segment 1: News from around the Globe Film Screening at Halki Seminary This week, we’ll look at some artistic and cultural events happening around the world. First up...

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Christ in the Old Testament

Christ in the Old Testament

This week’s episode begins with a short interview with Roger Hunt, who joins us to talk about “Pascha Around the World” – a look at Orthodox Paschal music from a wide scope of different cultures. Then stay tuned as Fr. Chris speaks with Rev. Dr. Eugen Pentiuc of Holy Cross...

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The Moving Icon: Derek Power

The Moving Icon: Derek Power

OCN’s newest podcast is hosted by filmmaker and film critic Chris Vlahonasios, who explores the world of Eastern Orthodox Christian filmmakers and artists, as well as examines popular films through an Orthodox lens. In this pilot episode, Chris speaks with Orthodox musician and filmmaker Derek Power.

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REVIEW: Sweet Song, A Story of Romanos the Melodist

REVIEW: Sweet Song, A Story of Romanos the Melodist

My editor, and friend, Jane Meyer, has always had a very gentle touch with her writing, and it comes through wonderfully in her latest book, Sweet Song, a retelling of St. Romanos and the miracle of his voice and composition ability. For those unfamiliar with him, Romanos is the premier...

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Choosing a School and Relaunching The Ark

Choosing a School and Relaunching The Ark

As our nation grapples with the tragedy of yet another school shooting, we hear from His Grace Bishop Thomas of the Antiochian Archdiocese about making schooling choices. Tune in to hear his thoughts on the benefits and risks of public schools, private schools, and homeschooling. But first, OCN is thrilled...

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Icons in Sound: St. Basil the Great

Icons in Sound: St. Basil the Great

Holy Week presents us with powerful experiences, liturgically and musically. On “Icons in Sound,” Vlad Morosan explores some of the musical and hymnographic highlights of Great and Holy Week, featuring beautiful hymns from the Byzantine and Slavic traditions sung, for the most part, in English.

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