Come, Receive the Light

Come, Receive the Light

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, we celebrate Pascha, the feast of feasts! Do you remember the special song we sing for Pascha? Pres. Alexandra asks you to think about what it’s like to...

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Virtual Choir of 90 Voices Sings Paschal Communion Hymn

Virtual Choir of 90 Voices Sings Paschal Communion Hymn

Last year, a group called AXIOS Music initiated an outstanding video project. Ninety choir members from 40 different Greek Orthodox churches in the United States recorded themselves singing the Paschal communion hymn, “Receive ye the Body of Christ. Taste the fountain of immortality. Alleluia” AXIOS mixed all of these voices...

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The Holy Fire and Pascha at the Holy Sepulchre

The Holy Fire and Pascha at the Holy Sepulchre

The descent of the Holy Fire at the Tomb of Christ every Holy Saturday is the only miraculous event in human history which has taken place each year on the same day for more than one thousand years……Each year, at noon...

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Holy Week or Holy Weekend?

Holy Week or Holy Weekend?

Listen Now.  Do you participate in a holy week, or a holy weekend? We welcome back Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis, the pastor of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL, to offer a summary of the services of Holy Week and a proper perspective to aid our participation. This interview...

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Orthodox Christians to Celebrate Pascha (Easter) April 12

Orthodox Christians to Celebrate Pascha (Easter) April 12

NEW YORK – More than 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide will celebrate Pascha (Easter) next Sunday, April 12, 2015.  This year Orthodox Pascha is celebrated one week after the celebration of the Western Easter. The Orthodox date for Easter is based on a decree of the Council of Nicaea, Asia Minor, held in 325 A.D.  According...

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A Natural Red Dye for Your Pascha Eggs

A Natural Red Dye for Your Pascha Eggs

Need to dye your eggs for Pascha but can’t find the dyes in the grocery any longer?  Maybe you have an allergic reaction to synthetic dyes.  I did some research and found a few links and articles on naturally dyed eggs last month.  Here are the directions for naturally dyed red eggs. STEP...

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Paschal Evangelism

Paschal Evangelism

In his second letter to Timothy, St. Paul instructed his spiritual son to do the work of an evangelist. What does that mean? Are we to stand on street corners and harangue people we don’t know? Argue with friends on the internet? What, exactly, is the work of an evangelist?...

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Celebrate Pascha with Your Godchild

Celebrate Pascha with Your Godchild

When you became a godparent, you assumed responsibility before God to bring the child up in the Orthodox faith. You pray for your godchildren, of course. You light candles for them every time you enter a church. But if you mean to ensure that your godchild loves the Church as...

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Memento Mori and Resurrected Life

Memento Mori and Resurrected Life

Esophageal cancer killed Jerry, my father-in-law. Dying’s final indignity was when the hospice nurse informed him that he couldn’t wear his 501 Levi’s anymore. Too many years of stress as an IBM executive extracted its toll on his body. The surgeon thought he caught the cancer early enough. But the...

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Resurrection

Resurrection

“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5b) In one week, a person goes through every emotion possible. On Palm Sunday, we had the joy and excitement of the King entering into Jerusalem, and of little children recognizing Him. There was hope, also, for...

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