CrossRoad Theological Program: Our Call to Follow the Road to Christ

CrossRoad Theological Program: Our Call to Follow the Road to Christ

Each summer, Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, hosts more than 60 Orthodox teenagers for CrossRoad, an incredibly enriching, 10-day theological program based on the topic of vocation. During these 10 short days, the participants immerse themselves in the Faith, form friendships with fellow Orthodox from around the country...

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13 Reasons Why You Really Need to Know What’s Going on with Your Teen

13 Reasons Why You Really Need to Know What’s Going on with Your Teen

“I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to these tapes, you’re one of the reasons why.”—Hannah Baker, 13 Reasons Why Have you heard about the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why? It’s caused...

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The Essence of God: Existing Everywhere and Filling All Things

The Essence of God: Existing Everywhere and Filling All Things

Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth Who are everywhere and fills all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of Life, Come and abide in us, cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One. We are on our annual trip UP, dwelling in a cabin...

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Finding Orthodoxy in the Heritage Greece Experience

Finding Orthodoxy in the Heritage Greece Experience

Photo: The author visiting the Chapel of St. George in Athens, Greece During the past two weeks, I had the pleasure of participating in the Heritage Greece program. The program is akin to “birthright Israel”, in that Greek-Americans (between the ages of 18 and 26) are given the opportunity to travel...

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The Set Up of Our Altar Comes from the Old Testament

The Set Up of Our Altar Comes from the Old Testament

We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence;...

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A Letter to Dad, Memory Eternal

A Letter to Dad, Memory Eternal

Dear Dad, It has been 20 years since the day you passed. I don’t remember the date, but it was Father’s Day and Pentecost that year. I marveled then and now at how you went out with such fanfare. Choosing both of those holidays in one day was so noteworthy....

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St. Nicholas National Shrine, Sacred Space at the World Trade Center

St. Nicholas National Shrine, Sacred Space at the World Trade Center

Security at the World Trade Center is an extremely expensive endeavor.  St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only church destroyed at the WTC on 9/11, is currently being rebuilt and meeting the mandatory security and safety measures for all buildings at the WTC has greatly increased construction costs.  The new...

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What Makes an Orthodox Christian Leader?

What Makes an Orthodox Christian Leader?

Discussions about leadership appear everywhere in the Orthodox Church. Today, there are countless paid professionals, webinars, and conferences that all claim to improve Orthodox Christian leadership. Despite these efforts and countless dollars spent, the Church is experiencing a leadership crisis. The Church in America is more bureaucratic than ever before...

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The Common Bond of Motherhood

The Common Bond of Motherhood

An expectant mother holds her belly and feels her baby kick inside. A young woman wipes her child’s tears and kisses him afterwards. A grandmother gently tells her grandchild that she loves her. Even though a mother and daughter are separated by miles, their love for each other is never...

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Public Prayer: Light of Love

Public Prayer: Light of Love

For Orthodox Christians, prayer is private, flowing out of the heart. Prayer is also public and culminates in the physical settings of our churches, homes, and anywhere in the world where two or more gather. When an individual’s heart longs for God, it cries out, and this prayer connects with...

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NEW ROMANIAN ORTHODOX METROPOLIAN OF THE UNITED STATES HOLD ENTHRONEMENT CEREMONY

NEW ROMANIAN ORTHODOX METROPOLIAN OF THE UNITED STATES HOLD ENTHRONEMENT CEREMONY

GREEK ORTHODOX HIERARCHY ATTEND HISTORICAL SERVICE IN CHICAGO Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit, and Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos proudly attended the Enthronement Ceremony for the new Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the United States of His Eminence Archbishop Nicolae on Sunday, April 30, 2017. This historical...

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After Pascha—What Happens Now?

After Pascha—What Happens Now?

Pascha has come and gone, and we might be tempted to adopt an attitude that allows us to drift back into habits and patterns best avoided. We normally think of New Year’s Day as the time to make resolutions for changing our lives, however slightly or greatly, but I suggest...

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