On Feelings of Loss and Sadness During the Holidays

On Feelings of Loss and Sadness During the Holidays

Listen Now.  Join us as Fr. Chris and His Grace Bishop John (Abdalah) discuss dealing with feelings of sadness and depression during the holiday season.  It is a quiet and reflective conversation on a topic that many of us are familiar with, and may even experience ourselves, but what do...

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Thanksgiving and Dismissal

Thanksgiving and Dismissal

The last part of the Divine Liturgy consists of the thanksgiving for Holy Communion and the Dismissal. The priest takes the chalice and paten to the Preparation Table, folds the red cloth and places the Gospel on it, while saying prayers of thanksgiving, in which the congregation take part. There...

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There for the Taking

There for the Taking

There for the Taking I had the opportunity to do my hospital ministry during seminary at Shattuck Hospital. It was one of the poorest hospitals in the Boston area. There was an abundance of spiritual need and people seeking answers. One day a staff member of the Tuberculosis floor wanted...

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Contemplating Thanksgiving and the Gifts of God’s Creation

Contemplating Thanksgiving and the Gifts of God’s Creation

Thanksgiving—the time when we reap the harvest of our hands, when the efforts over the spring and summer show all was not in vain as we feast on the fruit (and vegetables) of our labour. At least that’s the theory. My Thanksgiving table is usually supplemented by the store or...

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There is a Difference Between Gratitude and Thanksgiving

There is a Difference Between Gratitude and Thanksgiving

LET US GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD I give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. Psalm 9:1 I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving.  Psalm 86:12   Good morning Prayer Team! Have you ever thought that there is a...

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Listen to the Daily Reading for January 17, 2016

Listen to the Daily Reading for January 17, 2016

  12th Sunday of Luke St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 13:17-21 Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 115.15,12 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Verse: What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me? Brethren, obey your leaders and...

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Watch Be the Bee – Episode 87 – Give Thanks to the Lord

Watch Be the Bee – Episode 87 – Give Thanks to the Lord

Inspired by the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network is proud to feature outstanding programs of “young adults coming together in faith, fellowship, and service” .   Watch Be the Bee Episode #87 – Give Thanks to the Lord Giving thanks isn’t...

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The Metropolis of Chicago ‘Feed The Hungry’ Program

The Metropolis of Chicago ‘Feed The Hungry’ Program

On Thanksgiving day in Chicago this year, the Orthodox communities of Annunciation Cathedral and St. George came together to serve meals to the poor, homeless and lonely. Cooking took place all week, and many helped, including children and His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos. As always in this annual tradition, the invitation...

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Thank You, O Lord

Thank You, O Lord

Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, the late Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, was dedicated to writing, preaching, and teaching about the Eucharist.  In Fact, the translation of the Greek word ‘Eucharist’ is Thanksgiving.  Fr. Schmemann gave his life to Thanksgiving.  As we remember this special American Holiday taking place only a few days...

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The Spirit of Thanksgiving

The Spirit of Thanksgiving

  Looking for a great Thanksgiving Day story? With retail stores open on Thursday, and mega ads for Black Friday, it’s nice to read a story about generosity and gratitude on Thanksgiving Day. The Washington Post recently wrote a story about a Greek restaurant owner in Detroit who fed anyone...

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