The Cost of Coffee Hour

The Cost of Coffee Hour

You fast all morning for communion. During liturgy, your stomach is growling as you do your best to focus on the prayers and sing the church hymns. As you walk out of church and into the hall where coffee hour is held every Sunday, you’re stopped in your tracks. A...

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Persistence in Fasting and in the Faith

Persistence in Fasting and in the Faith

In this episode, Fr. Constantine shares his struggles with keeping the fast as we continue our Lenten journey. He stresses the importance of making sure that we also include almsgiving and prayer in our routines. Fr. Constantine uses the Gospel reading from Mark 2:1-12 to show us an example of...

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Fasting before Christmas? Really…REALLY?

Fasting before Christmas? Really…REALLY?

Greetings in the Lord.  I want to welcome you to Generation ICXC, a new initiative that is pretty exciting!  Coming to this very spot, you will be able to submit questions about the Orthodox Christian Faith that we will try to answer.  The answers will not be Theological expositions (I...

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The Gift of Time

The Gift of Time

It was last Spring, just after Pascha. A Sunday at the conclusion of Liturgy. Our priest was announcing the forthcoming daytime services for the next few weeks. I wish I could attend a mid-week liturgy, I’d thought. But I was too busy at work. Then, two days later, I learned...

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A Recommitment to Simplicity

A Recommitment to Simplicity

Driving down the highway several years ago, I passed a huge billboard advertisement for The Container Store. In case you don’t know, The Container Store is a store dedicated entirely to organizational items for home, office, and all the minutiae therein. The billboard itself cleverly alluded to the notion that...

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This Week in Orthodoxy, November 21, 2014

This Week in Orthodoxy, November 21, 2014

Hello, I’m Emmy Louvaris with “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. These are the stories making headlines this week: Orthodox Christians around the world begin the 40 day fasting period in anticipation of the Nativity. A...

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Treasuring Simplicity

Treasuring Simplicity

Orthodox Christians treasure simplicity. We venerate St Anthony the Great, and the countless monastics who followed him into the desert, forsaking the distractions of a sophisticated lifestyle for a place where they had nothing to worry about except following Christ and fighting the devil. We venerate the holy martyrs, who...

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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

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/POGP_2014/POGP_141117.mp3 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...

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In Love with Excess

In Love with Excess

Sponsored By: Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute (OCCI) As we enter the Christmas season, Dr. Randa Anderson, a member of the Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute in Chicago, talks with Fr. Chris about our infatuation with excess. With insight into our desire to indulge, they also discuss the benefits of prayer, fasting and almsgiving...

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Conversations with Abba Isaac: Screen Asceticism

Conversations with Abba Isaac: Screen Asceticism

I am not a Luddite. I am sitting in front of a computer screen, I have an iPhone in my pocket, and I watched the news this morning on the television. I enjoy a good film now and then, and I have been known to binge watch a favorite television...

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