Valuing Traditions

Valuing Traditions


Is Orthodoxy burdened with traditions?   Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with  Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis, pastor of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL, about the value of traditions in the Orthodox Faith.  They speak primarily on the Forty Day Blessing of a newborn, but they expand on the advantage of other traditions as well.  This is an enlightening conversation and sure to offer a better appreciation of our sacred traditions, large and small.

But first, Saint John the Baptist was honored when our Lord said, “Among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist…” Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Gregory Hallam about the life and example of the holy saint.  Fr. Gregory is part of the Orthodox Fellowship of St. John the Baptist, an organization that brings together members of the several Orthodox Church Traditions in the British Isles and Ireland.  You can find more information on this British/Orthodox ministry online at:

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About author

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 is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.