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Priest's Conversion from Judaism to Christianity Documented in New Memoir

image 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.

May 2008 Issue of The Word Magazine Now Online

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Articles include:

- 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
and more!

Commemorating St. George the Great Martyr

stgeorgeSt. 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.

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St. Barnabas Antiochian Orthodox Church Receives 25 New Members

stbarnabasSt. Barnabas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Costa Mesa, California, received twenty-five newly illumined faithful into the Holy Orthodox Church on Lazarus Saturday, April 19, 2008.

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.

OCN Premieres New Television Series

ocn3The Orthodox Christian Network's new television series on Orthodox faith and life in the modern world is here! The first episode features an interview with His Grace Bishop Savas of Troas on religious freedom and the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Watch it now!

Support IOCC this Holy Week with a Holy Act

image 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."

Learn more about IOCC's Lenten Appeal.

New Books Available from Conciliar Press

cpbooks Check out new titles from Conciliar Press, including Shepherding the Flock, Lynette's Hope, Moses' Flight from Egypt, Drita, and more.

Lynette's Hope: The Witness of Lynette Katherine Hoppe's Life and Death

lynetteEdited by Fr. Luke Veronis

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.

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Listen to an interview with Fr. Luke on Ancient Faith Radio

New Multimedia Resources For Holy Week From OCN

ocn2The Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring several special programs for Holy Week and Pascha on its Web site (, including beautiful sacred music from the Orthodox Christian liturgical services of Holy Week.

Throughout Holy Week, visitors to 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]

The Truth of Pascha

image By Douglas Cramer, Editor,  

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.

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St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Enlightener of North America

imageThe 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

Learn more about this great saint of the Church in North America.

April 2008 Word Magazine Now Online

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Great and Holy Saturday: The Forgotten Feast, by Daniel Manzuk
An Interview with Charles Ajalat on Orthodox Unity in America, Part 2, by Kevin Allen
Reports from Antiochian Women and the Department of Christian Education
Communities in Action
...and more!

The Feast of the Annunciation and the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel

image 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)

AFR Introduces Two New Podcasts


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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Great Lent 2008 Resource Center

image 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.

AFR Features Interview with Metropolitan KALLISTOS

kallistos2Listen to Ancient Faith Radio's Illumined Heart podcast for a special interview with His
Eminence, Metropolitan KALLISTOS Ware. The guest host on the program is Father Steve Tsichlis, Senior Pastor of Saint Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, California. Their topic is Understanding the Sacraments. Saint Paul’s recently hosted His Eminence, Metropolitan KALLISTOS to Southern California, for a two-day, packed-house seminar to the general public titled, “Drawing Closer to the Savior: The Sacramental Life”.

Bringing A Light to the World Wide Web editor Douglas Cramer shares his vision for the site in this article printed in the March issue of The Word.

"Throughout the New Testament, we find stories of St. Paul making use of the tools of his day to communicate the Gospel, to engage in the marketplace of ideas. From ships to the postal service, St. Paul used the communications systems of the Roman Empire in service of our Lord Jesus Christ. This model continues to guide the Church today, as we seek to use well the tools of our society to communicate with each other, and with the world beyond. And the most significant communications technology of today is also the one that is so new that we are all still coming to grips with its place in our lives: the Internet."

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A Homily for Meatfare Sunday

lastjudgmentMarch 2 is the Sunday of The Last Judgment. Read a soul-profiting homily by St. John Chrysostom (347-407) based on Matthew 25:31-41, the Gospel reading for Sunday, March 2.

Meatfare Sunday
Wherefore, by the abundance of Thine ineffable compassion, O Christ God, make us worthy of Thine illustrious voice and number us among those who stand at thy right hand.

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