Counting Down to Christmas

Counting Down to Christmas

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Happy Holidays?  There are just a few weeks and days left until we celebrate Christmas.  We found a lovely conversation between the Very Rev. Dr. John Anthony McGuckin and Fr. Chris Metropulos discussing the holidays and Christmas.  Fr. John teaches at Union Theological Seminary and is Professor of Byzantine Christian Studies at Columbia University. Click here for more OCN programs featuring Fr. John Anthony McGuckin.

And stay tuned for Bryce Buffenbarger as he visits with iconographer Brian Matthew Whirledge.  Brian has painted traditional Orthodox Christian icons since 2007.  He also teaches visual art, with a focus in painting and ceramics, at Wawasee High School in Syracuse, Indiana.  He joins us in this episode to discuss iconography, focusing several icon of the Virgin Mary including Panagia Soumela by St. Luke the Evangelist, the Theotokos of Jerusalem, and the Kursk Root.  For more information on iconography, look for Techniques of Icon and Wall Painting,  by Aidan Hart, on our Amazon Store.  You can also visit Brian’s website, www.brianwhirledge.com.

 

The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops and offers videos, podcasts, blogs, and music to enhance Orthodox Christian life.  Our flagship program Come Receive the Light (CRTL) is hosted by OCN’s Founding Father and President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos.  CRTL program tackles a variety of topics and perspectives on Orthodox and secular life, featuring interviews with guests from every jurisdiction and all walks of life.

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The Orthodox Christian Network is embarking on a major initiative to feature iconography and the Saints of the Orthodox Church over the next several months and years to come.  Please watch  PISTEVO – “I Believe”, and join us in raising awareness of iconography as a window to finding and fostering one’s faith.e invite you to share your experiences as to how icons have fostered your faith.  Please post to the Orthodox Christian Network’s Facebook page or email us at InspiredByPistevo@myocn.net.

Iconography, the centuries-old tradition of depicting faith through images, was the primary means of teaching Christianity until written records were formally canonized as the Holy Scriptures. Yet even today, centuries later, iconography remains a spiritually powerful part of Orthodox Christian theology.  For many, the images enhance one’s ability to go deeper into the exploration and appreciation of their faith.

Click here to view an archive of all Saint and Iconography posts.

The epic film, PISTEVO, directed by  Director, Mark Brodie, and written and produced by Taryn Grimes Herbert expresses “why we honor the traditions of our theology and share our spiritual experience with the Orthodox world.”  Click here to visit The Art of Belief and watch the full length film – PISTEVO.

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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.