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Time and Creation

Thu, 2019/01/03 - 8:37am

Theodore Rokas   On January 1 our holy Church celebrates two great and important events: the circumcision of Christ, the formal entry of a male child into the Jewish community which according to their custom took place on the 8th day after his birth; and the commemoration of Saint Basil...

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A New Year’s Resolution: You Are Useful for Ministry

Wed, 2019/01/02 - 11:32pm

When we speak of the apostles we generally speak of their achievements and successes, which may not include the full story. St. Mark, who was a young man, had his fare share of failures in the beginning of his ministry. In the Gospel of Mark, we are told how he...

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Saint Basil and our Spiritual Roots

Wed, 2019/01/02 - 8:36am

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis, Professor of the Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   Whenever there’s mention of Saint Basil, we always highlight his studies in Athens, his ascetic life in Pontus, his lack of possessions, his contributions to society, and his literary oeuvre. It’s certainly true that the author of...

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The man who ended a cruel custom

Tue, 2019/01/01 - 8:35am

The festal nature of this time of year makes it difficult for us to recollect an impressive act which is an integral part of the history of the Church. This act was one that brought to an end a cruel custom, which, in the Roman world, had for centuries been...

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Love as the Essence of Orthodox Asceticism

Mon, 2018/12/31 - 8:30am

Protopresbyter Georgios Schinas   You might ask why it is that we today, who are less ascetic as Christians, are overcome with fear and trembling when we hear about asceticism. It makes us feel somewhat uncomfortable. This is because we’ve lost sight of a great truth of our faith. It’s...

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New Year’s Resolutions and Revolutions

Sun, 2018/12/30 - 10:00pm

Many a story reveals the futility of making plans. In action-packed movies that require careful planning to commit the ultimate crime or to rescue comrades in arms and in simply mapping out our days’ strategies, we find obstacles thrown in our path at every turn. In all of these situations,...

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The Freedom of the Person

Sun, 2018/12/30 - 8:35am

Protopresbyter Efstratios Karatsoulis   The issue of freedom is of great importance in the Orthodox view of humankind. According to this, people are made to be free. Freedom is the result of the fact that we’re made in the image of God and have the opportunity and potential to use...

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The Wisdom of Obedience

Sat, 2018/12/29 - 8:30am

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   The various Books of the Elders, ancient and modern, take us into the world of the monastic state. There the genuine way of the Christian/Gospel life continues, as does the human reality of blunders and failures, which are overcome through asceticism. One very important and substantial...

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A variety of ploys

Fri, 2018/12/28 - 8:30am

Saint Ignatius Brianchaninoff   Conscious, calculated or artificial humility is a mix of numerous and varied stratagems through which human pride attempts to attire itself in the glory of humility in the eyes of the blind world, the world which clings to its own things, the world which fawns on...

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The Spirit of Christmas

Thu, 2018/12/27 - 8:35am

Archimandrite Iakovos Kanakis   At this time of year, people often talk about the ‘spirit of Christmas’. But are we all talking about the same thing? I think not. It seems to me that if the ‘spirit of Christmas’ is only the presents, shopping in general, family meals, gatherings and...

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God reveals his Son to us!

Wed, 2018/12/26 - 4:02pm

Have you ever found a word in the Bible that you don’t understand? Sometimes grown-ups even have to find out what a word means. In the epistle reading today, Saint Paul tells us where the gospel, the good news, came from. “For I did not receive it from man, nor...

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1st Discourse on Fasting [5]

Wed, 2018/12/26 - 8:30am

Saint Basil the Great   Fasting in the Old Testament But let’s tie our words to history, examining the antiquity of the fast. It was passed down as a paternal bequest and thus preserved, from one generation to the next, until it came down to us, as our own possession....

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On the Nativity

Tue, 2018/12/25 - 8:20am

Saint Gregory the Theologian   Discourse 38 I. Christ is born, glorify Him. Christ is from heaven, receive Him. Christ is on earth, be lifted up; sing to the Lord, all the earth and, joining both in one, I say: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad that...

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Carols from Kastoria

Mon, 2018/12/24 - 8:30am

What we call ‘kalanda’ (carols) are the songs of praise and goodwill which are sung on the eve of the great Christian feasts and which belong, in anthropological terms, to what we call good luck rituals. The carols for the Twelve Days of Christmas are still remembered, though those for...

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LIVE Adult Education: Shared Experience of the Orthodox Christian Faith

Mon, 2018/12/24 - 8:02am

Sponsored by St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, MD.  These are not classes on high theology that are intimidating or difficult to understand. We focus on the “down to earth” and practical ways we should understand and live our faith. In His parables to the masses, Christ always used practical...

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Christmas can be approached only through faith

Sun, 2018/12/23 - 8:35am

Athanasios Moustakis     ‘When Abraham was called, by faith…’ As is the case every year, the Epistle reading for the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ focuses on faith. It consists of two excerpts from chapter 11 of Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews (verses 9-10 and 32-40) in which...

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Orthodox Voices of America: Old Christmas vs. New Christmas & Epiphany

Sun, 2018/12/23 - 6:52am

Watch Now.  Partners at Pan Orthodox United has shared this video from Orthodox Voices of America on the topic of  “Old Christmas vs. New Christmas & Epiphany.” ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United...

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Waiting in Joyful Hope

Sat, 2018/12/22 - 10:41pm

As we come closer to the commemoration of the birth of Christ, we would do well to consider exactly what it is that we celebrate. By in large, the Christian world marks the birth of Jesus in the cave at Bethlehem, the “en-fleshing” of the Divine Word, “full of grace...

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Doxastiko at Lauds on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ (plagal tone four) – Thrasyvoulos Stanitsas

Sat, 2018/12/22 - 8:30am

Watch now  The Doxastiko at Lauds on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ in plagal tone four (Των νομικών διδαγμάτων [The Accumulated Teachings of the Law]) by the late Thrasyvoulos Stanitsas, Archon Protopsaltis of the Great Church of Christ, performed by himself and his choir at the lectern. Recorded...

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1st Discourse on Fasting [4]

Fri, 2018/12/21 - 8:30am

Saint Basil the Great   Through fasting we return to paradise 4. Because we didn’t fast, we left paradise. Let us fast, then, so that we can return to it. Look at Lazarus, who entered paradise through fasting (Luke 16, 20-31). Don’t imitate Eve’s disobedience, don’t accept the serpent again...

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