Daily Devotion: A Mother to Us All

Daily Devotion: A Mother to Us All

When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, “Woman behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.  John 19: 26-28 Good morning Prayer Team!...

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Finding God in Prayer

Finding God in Prayer

On this ​”​Throwback Thursday​,”​ we have a CRTL​ episode​ from June 4, 2005. The contact information and website mentioned have changed​,​ but the message is​ still​ true. In this episode, we begin with a discussion on why Orthodox Christians call Mary the Mother of God,​ or God​-​Bearer​,​ Theotokos in Greek....

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Theotokos

Theotokos

I wasn’t raised to kiss or venerate icons. My spiritual leaders told me it was an archaic form of idolatry. So I sought the attributes of divinity in nature, human faces and modern melodies. I smelled fragrance of God on all of them. But then I sought refuge with a...

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The Intoxication of Sensuality

The Intoxication of Sensuality

In this episode, Fr. Barnabas Powell discusses how modern Christians live in a world that bombards us with constant advertisements based on sensuality. This “Intoxication of Sensuality” in our culture has been made possible, in part, by the rejection by some modern Christians of the teaching that Mary was Ever-Virgin...

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Veneration of the Theotokos

Veneration of the Theotokos

In this episode, Fr. Barnabas Powell explains that in the Orthodox veneration of the Theotokos, we are only trying to be consistent with what the Church has been doing for twenty centuries. As a former Protestant himself, he describes how many of our hymns and prayers will be misunderstood by...

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Drawing Closer to the Mother of God during the Advent Fast  – Part I

Drawing Closer to the Mother of God during the Advent Fast – Part I

During Advent, Veronica will examine the mysteries surrounding the life of the Mother of God to help us prepare for the Nativity of Christ. In this episode Veronica will draw on the wisdom of St. Gregory Palamas and the life of Mary, even before her conception, to help us prepare...

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The Children’s Word: Before They Were Famous…

The Children’s Word: Before They Were Famous…

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 asks if you have ever wondered what the saints were like before they became saints – before they were famous. Were they ordinary people just like...

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Divine Liturgy on Sunday before Holy Cross

Divine Liturgy on Sunday before Holy Cross

Tomorrow, we commemorate the birth of the Theotokos. Your birth, O Theotokos, brought joy to the whole world, for from you dawned the sun of righteousness, Christ our God. Freeing us from the curse, He gave us His blessings. Abolishing death, He granted us eternal life. Apolytikion in the Fourth...

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The Mother of God and the Mother of “Gods”

The Mother of God and the Mother of “Gods”

As we continue our jubilant πανήγυρις during these days following this great feast of the Church, alternately called the “Summer Pascha”, we recall not only the Virgin Mary’s finiteness as a mortal human being who entered into the glory of her risen Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, but we also...

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Divine Liturgy on the 10th Sunday of Saint Matthew

Divine Liturgy on the 10th Sunday of Saint Matthew

In birth, you preserved your virginity; in death, you did not abandon the world, O Theotokos. As mother of life, you departed to the source of life, delivering our souls from death by your intercessions. Apolytikion in the First Tone ————————————— Feast Day-August 23 Apodosis of the Dormition of our...

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