This hand painted Ascension from Cameroon reminds us that Christ’s death and Resurrection was for the whole world. Thank you for answering the call to share the Gospel of Christ!
We pray that you had a beautiful Holy Week and a glorious Pascha. May God continue to bless you and your family during this Paschal season.
Baltimore, Maryland (IOCC) — All star basketball player Peja Stojakovic of the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets is partnering with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to provide mobility assistance to more than 160 disabled people in Thessaloniki, Greece. More than $200,000 in wheelchairs, including sports wheelchairs for disabled athletes, and other mobility devices and therapeutic equipment will be distributed in Thessaloniki from May 12 - 16, 2008.
In the newest episode of Orthodox Christian Network's Tuning in to the Faith video series, Kh. Maggie Hock, Director of the Department of Marriage & Parish Family Ministries for the Antiochian Archdiocese, discusses the role of media and advertising in modern life, and what Orthodox Christian parents should know about how their kids are affected.
Conciliar Press Ministries is pleased to announce the release of a new spiritual memoir of a man's conversion from Judaism to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Raised in Queens, New York by formerly Orthodox Jewish parents whose faith had been undermined by the Holocaust, Arnold Bernstein went on a quest for the God he instinctively felt was there. He was ready to accept God in whatever form He chose to reveal Himself—and that form turned out to be Christ.
But Bernstein soon perceived discrepancies in the various forms of Protestant belief that surrounded him, and so his quest continued—this time for the true Church. With his Jewish heritage as a foundation, he came to the conclusion that the faith of his forefathers was fully honored and brought to completion only in the Orthodox Christian Church.
Surprised by Christ combines an engrossing memoir of one man’s life in historic situations—from the Six-Day War to the Jesus Movement in Berkeley—with a deeply felt examination of the distinctives of Orthodox theology that make the Orthodox Church the true home not only for Christian Jews, but for all who seek to know God as fully as He may be known.
- Words We Live By: Orthodox and American Ideals in Some Foundational Texts, by Gregory Cook
- "Starting A Conversation: New Ways To Keep Young People Engaged in the Orthodox Faith, by Seraphim Danckaert
- Department of Youth Ministry
- House of Studies Seminarian Track
- Communities in Action
Christ is risen from the dead! Trampling down death by death! And upon those in the tombs, bestowing Life!
Dynamis! Reflections on Today's Gospel (John 1:1-17)
Icon and Summary of the Resurrection of Christ, Come and See Icons
The Truth of Pascha, by Douglas Cramer
St. George the Great Martyr, beloved saint of the Antiochian Archdiocese and patron of many of our parishes and people, is commemorated on April 23, except when this falls before Pascha, in which case he is typically commemorated on Bright Monday.
Troparion of St George (Tone 4): As the deliverer of captives and the protector of the poor, as the physician of the feeble and combatant of kings, holy champion and great martyr George, intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.
Kontakion of St George (Tone 4): Thou wast cultivated by God and didst become a most wonderful cultivator of piety, and didst harvest for thyself the sheaves of virtue, for having sown in tears thou didst reap in joy and having withstood to death thou art garnered for Christ. By thy intercessions, O Saint, thou dost obtain for us all remission of our sins.
The Very Rev. Wayne Wilson and the Very. Rev. Michael Reagan officiated as over 75 friends and family members of the former catechumens witnessed the blessed and joyful occasion. St Barnabas previously received 27 new faithful in 2007, 28 in 2006, and 18 new members in 2005.
Constantine Triantafilou, Executive Director of International Orthodox Christian Charities, writes: "Sick and broken persons live among us often as unknown strangers. They may be the refugee family trying to rebuild a life after fleeing their homeland, a mother debilitated by disease with children desperate for food and medicine, or even the clerk at your local supermarket. The words of the Lenten prayer, 'Send but a drop of your mercy, O Christ, on this sick and broken person,' are not just a personal plea, but extend to all those who are sick and broken. ... With but a 'drop' of God’s mercy we, and other hurting people, have the opportunity to be healed, healthy, whole, and holy."
Lynette fulfilled her dream of being active in ministry right up until her death. In fact, for a month previous to her demise, she vigorously involved herself in the arts and crafts projects and in giving several talks at each of the three girls’ summer church camps held at the St. John Vladimir Monastery. During this time, she also took the time to sing a number of songs on a CD for her children, while writing some letters for future events in the lives of Tristan and Katherine. Exactly eleven days before she died, she even offered a powerful and inspirational talk to the girls about her journey with cancer and preparing for death. Interestingly, it was precisely on this day that her motor skills began to fail.
The Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring several special programs for Holy Week and Pascha on its Web site (www.MyOCN.net), including beautiful sacred music from the Orthodox Christian liturgical services of Holy Week.
Throughout Holy Week, visitors to www.MyOCN.net will also be able to watch the Holy Week services that will be celebrated at St. Demetrios Church in Fort Lauderdale. These will be available in a live stream, and also available on-demand in a special archive. [Read More]
By Douglas Cramer, Editor, Antiochian.org
I've recently been spending time with an old college roommate, a man dying of cancer in his 30’s. He’s not Christian, not married, has no children. We spend a lot of time talking about death. “What do you believe happens when we die?”, my friend asked unprompted one afternoon as we sat outside his home. “You know I’m a Christian,” I answered. “This is what I believe.” And I talked about the Resurrection, about how I believe the truth is that we are created for life, body and soul. That death is not the end. That we are called to live, to live the life of the New Man.
The repose of St. Tikhon is celebrated on April 7.
"The more I study the history of the Orthodox Church in this country, the more I am convinced that our work here is God's work; that God himself is helping us . . . we have to guard sacredly the Orthodox faith, to stand firm in it, disregarding the fact that we live in a non-Orthodox country; not giving heed to opinions one hears, such as: 'This is not the Old Country, here. This is a free land.' Therefore, supposedly, we may not have to observe everything that the Church requires. As if the Word of God is suitable only for the Old Country and not for the whole world. As if the Church of Christ is not catholic! As if the Orthodox Faith is not the one that 'sustains the universe!'" - from St. Tikhon's 1907 Speech to the All-American Council in Mayfield, Pennsylvania
March 25 is the Great Feast of the Annunciation. March 26 is the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel.
"Hearken, O Maiden, virgin and pure, that Gabriel may tell the eternal will of the Highest. Make thee ready to receive God; for the Uncontainable shall, through thee, mingle with mankind."
Visit the Department of Sacred Music for liturgical musical resources for the Feast.
The Boy Who Died and the Boy Who Lived: On the Annunciation, by Douglas Cramer
The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, by Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos)
re/Call: In partnership with the Youth Department of the Antiochian Archdiocese Ancient Faith Radio is happy to announce a new podcast just for the youth! It premiered on Saturday, March 22.
Wheat, Wine and Oil: Martha Condra is a culinary expert living in Birmingham and will help us follow faith from the market to the kitchen to the family table. Just in time for Great Lent, Martha will help us plan our Lenten meals and bring a fresh perspective on the role of food in our faith journey.
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O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faintheartedness, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to your servant. Yes, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sin and not to judge my brother, for You are blessed from all ages to all ages. Amen. + The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian
This resource page will be continually updated throughout Great Lent to provide a guide for our collective journey to Holy Pascha on April 27, 2008.
Click here to visit the Great Lent 2008 Resource Center.
This article originally appeared in AGAIN Vol. 28 No.1, Spring 2006.
The fruitfulness of our fasting depends on our mind and on our heart. Without the spirit of fasting, our external asceticism is barren soil. If we fast for the wrong reasons or in the wrong spirit, it can leave us worse off. However, when quickened by the right spirit, this soil yields a rich harvest.