Valuing Traditions During the Holidays

Valuing Traditions During the Holidays


​The Holidays are full of family, religious, and cultural traditions because our human nature finds comfort in consistency and repetition.  When a family or individual converts to Orthodoxy, there can be a ripple effect; extended family members have to adjust to new or lost family traditions.  Allena Barbato, a licensed family therapist and an associate of the Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute, OCCI, speaks with Fr. Chris on the complications families might face when an individual or family is received into the Orthodox faith.

Have you noticed an icon of Epiphany?  Have you wondered about the little man riding a giant fish? Continue listening as Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Anthony Salzman from St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church in Watkinsville, GA, who is the iconographer for Image and Likeness.  This interview will open your eyes to the many traditions and elements of iconography.

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Fr. Chris Metropulos

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher lives in Brookline, MA and is the President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.