Sunday of Orthodoxy Celebrated Worldwide

Sunday of Orthodoxy Celebrated Worldwide

Why do we celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy on the first Sunday of Lent, what are it’s implications for us today as it had for the 9th century Byzantine Empire? The defeat of Iconoclasm in 843 led to the veneration of icons, the restoration of Icons and the birth of...

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Chicagoland Orthodox Christians Celebrate 125 Years

Chicagoland Orthodox Christians Celebrate 125 Years

CHICAGOLAND ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE 125 YEARS CHICAGO’S GREEK, RUSSIAN, SERBIAN, UKRAINIAN, ROMANIAN, ALBANIAN, ARABIC AND AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS GATHER FOR PANORTHODOX SERVICE CHICAGO, IL: Chicago’s Greek, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Albanian, Arabic and American Orthodox Christians gathered at Lane Tech Auditorium on Saturday, September 30, 2017, for a Pan Orthodox liturgical...

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What can Non-Orthodox Christians do in the Church?

What can Non-Orthodox Christians do in the Church?

Be Transfigured – What can Non-Orthodox Christians do in the Church? This week’s “Ask Father” question is a follow-up to last week’s topic about Holy Communion. Now that we understand why a non-Orthodox Christian cannot receive Holy Communion in our Church, and why we cannot receive Holy Communion in a...

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Fierce battles in southeast Turkey hedge in Christians

Fierce battles in southeast Turkey hedge in Christians

By World Watch Monitor February 1, 2016 One of the oldest churches in the world sustained damage last week in the intensified fighting between the Turkish government and Kurdish separatists. Rocket-propelled grenades destroyed a portion of the wall surrounding the Virgin Mary Church in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on...

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What Does it Mean to Call Yourself Orthodox?

What Does it Mean to Call Yourself Orthodox?

Be Transfigured –What Does it Mean to Call Yourself Orthodox? Most Orthodox Christians boast proudly about being Orthodox, but many don’t fully understand what it means to be Orthodox. When we look at the healing of the blind man found in Luke 18.35-43, we can identify three characteristics that describe...

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Reducing Stress

Reducing Stress

Sponsored By: Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute (OCCI) Do you procrastinate and then find that you need stress to move you through your day? Has stress affected your health and well being?  Listen as Dr. Randa Anderson at the Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute talks with Fr. Chris about the many dangers and traps...

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Is Orthodoxy Ethnically Exclusive?

Is Orthodoxy Ethnically Exclusive?

Periodically, I am asked the question as to how I could be part of the Orthodox Church. After all, are not the Orthodox somewhat exclusive? You are not Russian; you are not Greek; you are not Middle Eastern; how could you ever be accepted by the Orthodox? I suppose that...

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God is Dead, Faith-Based Fanatics, Spiritual but Not Religious – Making Sense of the News

God is Dead, Faith-Based Fanatics, Spiritual but Not Religious – Making Sense of the News

God is Dead, Faith-Based Fanatics, Spiritual but Not Religious – Making Sense of the News “God is Dead” proclaimed Nietzsche, naming Christianity, “the one great curse, the one intrinsic depravity” in a July feature of the ‘Philosophers’ Mail’. “Faith-Based Fanatics,” the headline of a New York Times op-ed piece proclaiming,...

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