Greek Independence Day is March 25, 2017

Greek Independence Day is March 25, 2017

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, Hellenes everywhere will commemorate the 196th anniversary of Greece’s independence.  Greeks and Americans alike will remember the sacrifices made by their ancestors to protect and preserve the Greek heritage and ideals of freedom and democracy.  As Archbishop Demetrios said, ” On this Day of Greek Independence,...

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Top 5 Destinations for Orthodox Jet-Setters

Top 5 Destinations for Orthodox Jet-Setters

Jet set—it’s an old fashioned, 1960s term for those who had money to burn and could just hop on a plane and travel wherever they wanted, whenever they wanted, and stay for however long they wanted. It implied a rootless, aimless, pleasure-driven existence that had no purpose except to amuse...

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Archbishop Demetrios Reflects on “Selma”

Archbishop Demetrios Reflects on “Selma”

The new film “Selma” reminds us of a critical part of American history, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lead the civil rights movement in the direction of a peaceful protest against civil injustice in Alabama. The world has seen the March 26, 1965 cover of LIFE Magazine featuring His...

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The Children’s Word: Do You Follow Christ Too?

The Children’s Word: Do You Follow Christ Too?

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres. Alexandra tells the story of how the Christian church first got started. Do you know who was the very first person Jesus called to be a Christian?...

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A CBS Documentary about Fr. Alexander Schmemann

A CBS Documentary about Fr. Alexander Schmemann

Several years ago, Orthodox peoples in America were happy to see coverage of our faith on broadcast television when CBS aired a documentary about life on Mt. Athos. Although such mainstream coverage is rare, it is not entirely without precedent. Decades earlier, Fr. Alexander Schmemann, the long-time dean of St....

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Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

The Nativity Fast has begun and Christmas is just around the corner. Trees are soon to be decorated. Children around the world will make lists, check them twice and anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus. However, parents beware! Jolly old St. Nick served time in prison. I’m not kidding!...

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Saint John Golden Mouth

Saint John Golden Mouth

I sometimes wonder if Saint John Chrysostom is happy with the name we’ve given him. Chyrsostom means “Golden mouth” and we call him that because his homilies are some of the best sermons ever recorded. His Pascha sermon is read worldwide every year, sixteen hundred (yes, that’s 1,600) years after...

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Saint John Chrysostom

Saint John Chrysostom

Saint John Chrysostom – the Golden Mouthed. One of, if not the most, well known and beloved saints of the church, both during his lifetime and in the 1600 years since his repose. As beloved as he was and as brilliant an orator as he was, he was also one...

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Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Resurrecting Positive Themes in the Rite for the Dead

Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Resurrecting Positive Themes in the Rite for the Dead

THE ISSUE AT HAND Within the corpus of liturgical services in the Eastern Church, no one rite would be expected to draw as thoroughly and vividly the stark contrast between death and resurrection as the funeral. This thematology of opposites, however, and their related sub-themes (e.g. despair and hope, darkness...

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Virtual Tours of 28 Historic Polish Orthodox Churches

Virtual Tours of 28 Historic Polish Orthodox Churches

Grass is always greener, get to know yours! A new project Cerkiew.pl: „Puszcza Knyszyńska – Szlakiem Prawosławia” („Puszcza Knyszyńska- route of Orthodox”) starts! This is a virtual trip on a website www.puszczaknyszynska.cerkiew.pl, on which you can see 28 churches from LGD* Puszcza Knyszyńska area. Orthodox churches were always a special...

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