Welcoming Lent with Joy and Reverence

Welcoming Lent with Joy and Reverence

The Great and Holy Fast of our Sacred Orthodox Church has begun. It is a fast that commences with marked strictness. In the monasteries and at our Sacred Archdiocese headquarters, no food will be taken until the Pre-Sanctified Divine Liturgy, which is always scheduled for the morning of the third day of...

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I Can SO Relate to This!

I Can SO Relate to This!

Jesus said “All things are possible to him who believes.”  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”  Mark 9: 23-24  (Gospel of the Fourth Sunday of Lent)   Good morning Prayer Team! I confess that when I was much younger, I used...

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In Anticipation of Great Lent

In Anticipation of Great Lent

There is something wonderful about anticipation.  The moments right before an important trip when we are waiting for something to happen and our adrenaline is flowing.  It’s just as much a part of the journey as anything else. The Church understands the power of anticipation.  She built it into her...

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The Children’s Word: A Happy Lent

The Children’s Word: A Happy Lent

Have you ever done something nice for a friend? Well, of course you have! Maybe you picked out a present for him or her, or sent a card, or helped your friend with something. But did you grumble about it? Did you complain? Probably not. When we do something for...

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Lenten Encyclical from Archbishop Demetrios

Lenten Encyclical from Archbishop Demetrios

  Holy and Great Lent   It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more…. Philippians 1:9                                     To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons...

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Father Stephen Powley to Speak at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC

Father Stephen Powley to Speak at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC will be hosting a Philoptochos Lenten Retreat March 14-15, 2016, featuring Father Stephen Powley.   Fr. Stephen Powley is the priest of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Pueblo, CO.   He served as a Prison Chaplain for almost 26 years until...

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And When You Fast

And When You Fast

Jesus said, “And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.  Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting...

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Undeserved Mercy

Undeserved Mercy

  In his recent article on the Ladder, the blog of the Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, Christian Gonzalez puts the Gospel lesson of the Canaanite Woman in a new light. A lesson of humility He recounts the story of how he...

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3 Great Orthodox Christian Books for Middle and Junior High Students

3 Great Orthodox Christian Books for Middle and Junior High Students

Inspired by the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network features Great Books, Music & Teaching Publications featured in the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog.  The Catalog is a publication of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Religious Education.   All items featured...

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Is Our Lenten Struggle Worth It?

Is Our Lenten Struggle Worth It?

Half-way through Great Lent, we are tired, hungry, and a bit grumpy, and the Church encourages us to keep up the struggle if we desire to be with God in Heaven. We are all willing to struggle, sacrifice, and work hard for something which we desire. Do you desire to...

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