Church Is a Place for Healing

Church Is a Place for Healing


Do you go to the Church when you are sick, or straight to the doctor?   The Orthodox faith has a tradition of anointing the sick with holy oil for the purpose of healing, and that anointing is available all year long.  You might have attended the Unction service during Holy Week.  Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Dr. Paul Meyendorff, the Fr. Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. They discuss his book, The Anointing of the Sick (The Orthodox Liturgy) and the role of the Church when we need healing.

But first, Fr. Chris speaks with Charissa Gianos.  Charissa has written several children’s books that encourage young people to respond to God’s love for us.  She also sings and produces the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children and Akathist to the Mother of God, Healer of Cancer,   available on our AMAZON store.


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About author

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 is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.