What is Martyrdom?

What is Martyrdom?


Are you willing to die for your faith? Do you know what it means to be a martyr? Fr. Chris brings these questions to Dr.James Skedros, Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Professor of Early Christianity, for insight into the ways Orthodoxy has understood martyrdom throughout Christian history. Dr. Skedros explains how the word martyrdom was understood in the early church, what it means today​, and he discusses canonization in connection to death in defense of the faith. Listen a moment to this timely and interesting interview.

But before that, we have Mark Powell from Cappella Romana, a professional vocal ensemble that performs early and contemporary sacred classical music. If you are living in the Oregon-Washington area, you’ve probably already seen them perform. Their newest album, “Good Friday in Jerusalem,” is on sale via Amazon. More information can be found on their website, www.capellaromana.org​

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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.