The Virgin Birth and Christmas

The Virgin Birth and Christmas

Listen Now.  What is the difference between the Immaculate Conception and a virgin birth?  Listen as we begin our weekly program, Come Receive the Light, with an interview between Fr. Chris and Archimandrite Irenei, the Director of Patristics and Church History at the Sts. Cyril and Athanasius Institute for Orthodox...

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Hope and Preparation

Hope and Preparation

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl112616.mp3 Christmas is the season of hope.  But for many who have been caught up in the surge of human trafficking, this seems like an impossible dream. Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Sister Theonymphi, one of the nuns at All Saints Greek Orthodox Monastery in Calverton, NY. The Sisterhood...

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Nativity Devotion, January 8: We Have Seen the Light

Nativity Devotion, January 8: We Have Seen the Light

The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, towards the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death, Light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to...

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Nativity by Michael Aldashin

Nativity by Michael Aldashin

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! In honor of our Orthodox brothers and sisters celebrating Christmas according to the Julian Calendar, here is an lovely animation of the Nativity story by film maker Michael Aldashin*. In this short film, set to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, there are no...

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Nativity Devotion, January 5: Live Right!

Nativity Devotion, January 5: Live Right!

For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions and to live sober, upright and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.  Titus...

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The Voice in the Wilderness

The Voice in the Wilderness

As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the Prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.  Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the crooked shall...

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Nativity Devotion, January 3: A Spiritual Inventory

Nativity Devotion, January 3: A Spiritual Inventory

Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  Matthew 3:5-6 (Gospel from Royal Hours of Epiphany)   Good morning Prayer Team! Saint John the Forerunner was known as the...

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Nativity Devotion, January 2: A Worthy Epitaph for a Life Well Lived

Nativity Devotion, January 2: A Worthy Epitaph for a Life Well Lived

As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.  For I am already on the point of being sacrificed, the time of my departure has come.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ...

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Nativity Devotion, December 30: Promises Kept

Nativity Devotion, December 30: Promises Kept

But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.” And he rose and took the Child and His...

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Nativity Devotion, December 29: Rachel Is Still Weeping for Her Children

Nativity Devotion, December 29: Rachel Is Still Weeping for Her Children

Rachel Is Still Weeping for Her Children Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according...

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