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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.

This icon is by the hand of Arlene Tilghman, used by permission of "Come and See" Icons, Books & Art.

Bishop ANTOUN: Commemorating 25 Years

Dabraham present Check On February 23, in Miami, Florida, friends and family celebrated with Bishop ANTOUN in commemoration of his 25th Anniversary as bishop. All proceeds from the evening went towards purchasing a Chancery for the Diocese of Miami. The Order of St. Ignatius Chairperson Dan Abraham presented Bishop ANTOUN a check for $100,000 towards the Chancery. We congratulate Bishop ANTOUN and ask that God grant him many years!

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Fr. Michael Nasser Speaks About Project Mexico

crtl On this week's Come Receive the Light radio program, Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Michael Nasser about Project Mexico, a ministry that has been involving young people in the alleviation of suffering by building homes for Mexico's poor. Fr. Michael is the priest at St. Innocent Orphanage and Project Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico.

"As Christians, we need to be in touch directly with people in need, as Christ was. Working at Project Mexico is an act of mercy that Orthodox in North America can be involved with and still be back at school or work on Monday morning," Fr. Michael says about work teams from the United States that serve there.

Listen to the interview with Fr. Michael.

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Metropolitan KALLISTOS Addresses the Future of Orthodoxy in the U.S.

kallistosThe brilliance of Orthodoxy was in full array in Troy Michigan Tuesday evening, February 19, as Metropolitan KALLISTOS made his first visit to Detroit to discuss the Future of Orthodoxy in the United States. The visit was hosted by St. Andrew House Center for Orthodox Christian Studies.

In what was undoubtedly the most successful Pan Orthodox event ever held in this city, more than 500 people jammed into St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Troy, Michigan, to hear the presentation.

The setting was the beautiful Byzantine sanctuary of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Troy, Michigan, under the pastoral care of Fr. Joseph Antypas. The event had to be moved into the sanctuary when it became apparent that the original setup in the church hall would not suffice.

"We must say the catholicity and universality of the church are more valuable, more fundamental than our national, ethnic, and cultural identity," His Eminence told the assembled group. "If the basis of the Church’s existence is life in the Eucharist, it means that the church is organized on a territorial, and not on an ethnic principle," he continued.

"We need to be clear about our priorities; the catholicity and universality of the Church, are much much more precious than our national or ethnic identity," said the hierarch.

Metropolitan PHILIP and Bishop ANTOUN Commemorative Video Documentary

image "Two Boys from the Balamand," a video produced to honor Metropolitan PHILIP's 35th episcopal anniversary, is now available to the community thanks to Orthodox.TV of Tulsa, Oklahoma. This unique 10-minute documentary on the intertwined lives of Metropolitan PHILIP and Bishop ANTOUN was produced by V. Rev. Fr. Paul Romley, directed by Mark Nassief and narrated by C. Fredrick Milkie, M.D.

Click here to watch Two Boys from the Balamand.

Remember that Saturday, February 23 will be the grand banquet honoring His Grace Bishop ANTOUN on his 25th episcopal anniversary in Miami, Florida. Click here for more information on the anniversary banquet. And click here for Bishop ANTOUN's biography.

Orthodox.TV currently offers subscription-based access to all online content including access to public addresses from hierarchs and the Archdioceses, online news, general Orthodox Communications, live main-events such as conventions and conferences up to 30 days after they are recorded, weekly shows, and online discussion forums.

AGAIN Releases Winter Issue: Remembering the Cries of the Poor

again-winterConciliar Press has released the Winter issue of AGAIN, including a special interview with Fr. David Rucker, Associate Director of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center; a reflection on the work of The Raphael House, an Orthodox home for the needy in San Francisco; and Conflicted Hearts: Orthodox Christian Social Justice in an Age of Globalization, by John Couretas of the American Orthodox Institute.

“In short, on the matter of economic globalization, Orthodox Christian leaders have been deeply conflicted. And today, as the world knits itself closer together through international trade and Internet-enabled communications, economics are almost always at the root of any discussion of “social justice”—whether the particular issue be health care, labor, the environment or immigration.”

This article is available in full online. Click here to read the rest.

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Ancient Faith Radio Introduces 4 New Podcasts

4afrpodcasts On February 16, Ancient Faith Radio launched four new podcasts, including the debut of Fr. Thomas Hopko’s Speaking the Truth in Love.

Speaking the Truth in Love. Providing compelling commentary on Christian belief and behavior, Fr. Tom Hopko has joined the growing podcast family of Ancient Faith Radio.

Postcards From Greece. Fr. Peter Alban Heers will take us on a journey through the ancient country of Greece and give us a glimpse of Orthodox life and spirituality.


Search The Scriptures. Presvytera and Dr. Jeannie Constantinou will guide us through the Holy Scriptures through the eyes of the Fathers.


Food For The Journey. Fr. William Mills takes us through a journey in understanding Great Lent.

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Listen to Metropolitan PHILIP's Nativity Liturgy and Homily from St. Nicholas Cathedral, 2007

imageHis Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP presided over the Nativity Liturgy in 2007 at St. Nicholas Cathedral of Brooklyn, New York. This recording, provided by Fr. Thomas Zain of St. Nicholas and produced by John Maddex of Ancient Faith Radio, is a great gift because of both the timeliness and power of our Metropolitan's teaching, and because of the beautiful example it provides us of the grace and beauty with which our Divine Liturgy can be served. This recorded Liturgy stands as a wonderful introduction to the unique song of the ancient Christian Liturgy, and we highly recommend it for anyone interested in learning more about the holy Orthodox Faith.

For over 40 years the Antiochian Archdiocese has been greatly blessed by the leadership of our beloved Metropolitan PHILIP. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about the life and work of His Eminence to visit our new Metropolitan PHILIP page.

Click here to listen to the Nativity Divine Liturgy from St. Nicholas Cathedral, 2007.

Click here to listen to His Eminence's 2007 Nativity homily.

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29 Chrismated at St. Elijah Church in Oklahoma City


On January 13, St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church of Oklahoma City, OK, had the great joy of receiving by chrismation 29 new members including Fr. Mark Wallace in to the Holy Orthodox Faith. Fr. Mark was ordained to the diaconate on January 20, and to the priesthood on January 21. St. Elijah’s is led by Fr. Constantine Nasr. The following images are of the happy event. At the request of Fr. Constantine, Fr. Mark delivered a moving homily in tribute to his group's journey. This homily is available for viewing online here, courtesy of Fr. Mark. 

New Prayer Resources Section

image Many powerful devotional aids have been developed by the departments and ministries of the Antiochian Archdiocese. At our new Prayer Resources section, we've gathered together resources to support and sustain Orthodox Christians working to deepen their individual prayer lives and draw closer to our Lord Jesus Christ.

These materials include all of the prayers of the popular Red Prayer Book; the Saint of the Day audio podcast of Ancient Faith Radio; the daily devotional Scripture readings from the Holy Orthodox Church's Lectionary provided by Dynamis; and more. We'll be adding to this section over the coming months, so check back for readings from the Liturgikon of the saints for each day, articles on prayer, icons and more.

Prayer Resources

A Beginner's Guide to Prayer

prayer 240x335 A Beginner’s Guide to Prayer speaks to the average man or woman on the street who desires a deeper relationship with God but is unsure how or where to begin.

This is a book for those of us who are struggling to establish an effective prayer life. Written neither for monastics or scholars, A Beginner’s Guide to Prayer speaks to the average man or woman on the street who desires a deeper relationship with God but is unsure how or where to begin. Drawing from nearly 2000 years of Orthodox spiritual wisdom, the author offers warm, practical, pastoral advice whose genius is to be found in its homespun simplicity and straightforward style.

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Department of Youth Ministry Joins with OCN to Undertake Media Outreach for Teens

imageThe Department of Youth Ministry of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America has joined with the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) to offer a new podcast for Orthodox Christian teens and their peers.

The show, called Orthodox Teen Talk Online (OTTO), features a pan-Orthodox group of teens from around the country, who discuss real-life issues in an open and honest manner with at least one Orthodox priest. One of the unique characteristics of the show is that the teens themselves develop the topics for discussion, contribute their own opinions and share their own life experiences related to the discussion. This allows Orthodox young people to find their own voice and develop their own Orthodox Christian response to some of the most pressing issues of the day.

"The young people of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America are deeply committed to living the Orthodox Faith in Christ daily," V. Rev. Dr. Joseph Purpura, Chairman of Department of Youth Ministry, said. "It is with joy that our young people join with OCN and other Orthodox teens in expressing their Orthodox Christian Faith and its profound effect on their daily choices."

OTTO is a collaborative effort of the Antiochian Youth Department, NAC Teen SOYO, OCN and the Youth Department of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Several episodes of OTTO have already been recorded.

In the first episode, Fr. Christopher Metropulos, Executive Director of the Orthodox Christian Network, guided Orthodox teens from four Churches in South Florida through a candid discussion on drugs and drinking.

February 2: The Great Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple

image "O Christ God, Thou has sanctified the virgin's womb by Thy birth, and as was meet, hast blessed the hands of Simeon. Thou hast also come to us to save us. Do Thou, when wars prevail, give peace to Thy people, and make mighty those whom Thou hast loved, for Thou alone art the Lover of mankind." - Kontakion of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple

"Today let the gate of heaven be opened; for the Word of the Father who is without beginning, having taken a beginning in time, not separating from his Godhead, is offered by his own will, by a virgin Mother, as a child forty days old in the Mosaic Temple; and the priest, his servant, receiveth him in his arms, crying with joy, Now lettest thou me depart, for mine eyes have beheld thy salvation. Wherefore, O thou who didst come into the world to save mankind, O Lord, glory to thee." - St. John of Damascus

Department of Sacred Music Resources for the Great Feast of the Meeting of Christ in the Temple

A Meditation on the Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple from the St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology at the University of Balamand

February 2008 Word Is Now Online

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  • Icons from Sinai: Holy Image, Hallowed Ground, by Mark Kinan
  • The Diaconate in the Church Today, by Metropolitan SABA Esper
  • Reports from the Department of Christian Education, Antiochian Women, and Communities in Action,

and more.

IOCC Supports Lebanon School

A Dedicated Educator And New Equipment From IOCC Make the Difference for A Lebanon Public School



Dedicated educators like Principal Marie Chahine (left) use creative, and often surprising, strategies to improve the quality of education offered by Lebanon's crumbling public schools. Through a $4.7 million grant, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is providing 206 public schools throughout Lebanon with computer labs and new furniture and laboratory supplies for science instruction.

In the Beirut suburb of Ain al Remaneh, teenagers Farah and Luna (right) dream of becoming journalists and educators. Their new computer lab provided by IOCC through a $4.7 million grant by USAID will give them some of the tools needed to realize that dream. IOCC has been repairing and developing hundreds of public schools throughout Lebanon since 2001.