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The Monastery and the Parish

The Monastery and the Parish

How is a monastery like a parish? How is it different? In this intriguing interview, His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh talks with Fr. Chris about how monasticism differs from parish life. Metropolitan Savas recounts his early discovery of this vocation and the lack of monasteries in this country at the...
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Baptizing Unenthusiastic Children

Baptizing Unenthusiastic Children

A number of people have viewed a video on Youtube lately showing the last minute or so of a family drama in church. It concerned an Orthodox family gathered with their young three-year-old daughter for her baptism in a Greek Orthodox Church in Munich. Sadly, I am unilingual, and so...
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Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church

Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church

Dear brothers and sisters, I address now the entire Fullness of our Church, all the peoples of historical Rus. There can be nothing more important for us today than the continuing fratricide which rages on the territory of the Ukraine, taking away ever more lives. What is happening today, primarily...
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Comparing Married Life and Monastic Life

Comparing Married Life and Monastic Life

In Orthodox Christianity, both marriage and monasticism are understood to be vocations. Each of these two great callings can be a pathway to God, and both are holy and sacred. Listen now as Fr. Nicholas Apostola draws on his memories of Romanian monastics in exile during the Communist period to...
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Macrina the Elder

Macrina the Elder

She’s called “Confessor of the Faith”. Her family contains so many saints she’s known as the mother and grandmother of saints. She should be given another title – Bridge of Theology – for her invisible contributions to the understanding of our faith, and its expression in the world. Born about...
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The Long Shadows of Byzantium

The Long Shadows of Byzantium

Every time I stand at the altar in our little church of St. Herman’s in Langley, B.C., I stand in the long shadows of Byzantium.  That is, I find myself facing the processional cross which we keep at the back of the altar table.  At the base of that cross,...
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Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow on Ecumenism

Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow on Ecumenism

The recent meeting of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis in Jerusalem has met with many responses and has led to several very spirited discussions on OCN’s increasingly dynamic Facebook page. Central to these debates is the question of ecumenical relations in general: what should the Orthodox Church’s approach be...
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Saint Basil

Saint Basil

Born into one of the most illustrious Christian families in history, Basil the Great would do his family proud both in his lifetime and after his death. Known, along with his closest friend, Gregory the Theologian, and his brother Gregory of Nyssa, as one of the three Cappadocian Fathers, Saint...
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Sunday of the Adoration of the Holy Cross

Sunday of the Adoration of the Holy Cross

My dear Fathers and Mothers, and brothers and sisters, in the Faith, Greetings to you from the God-trodden Mount of Sinai! I cannot believe that Great Lent is half-way over and we are already at the Sunday of the Adoration of the Holy Cross! God-willing you will not receive this...
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This Week in Orthodoxy, March 21, 2014

This Week in Orthodoxy, March 21, 2014

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. Segment 1: News from around the Globe Assembly of Bishops to be Split in Three Our top story this week: Press reports have confirmed that the geographical borders...
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