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The Word Magazine

The Word is the official news magazine of the Antiochian Archdiocese. Published monthly (with the exception of July and August) the magazine circulates to the households of all members of the Antiochian Archdiocese and other subscribers including libraries and seminaries. The magazine was founded in 1905 in the Arabic language by St. Raphael of Brooklyn, and later was turned into an English language publication by Metropolitan Antony Bashir in 1957. While content is primarily intended to keep readers informed of Orthodox news, it also educates and inspires with articles on faith and practice. The Word is a member of The Associated Press, Ecumenical News International, and the Orthodox Press Service.

Back issues are available in PDF format on this web page.

Editor: Bishop John Abdalah

Mailing Address:

The Word
2 Lydias Path
Westborough, MA  01581-1841

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October 2016 Edition of The Word Now Available

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The October 2016 issue of The Word is now available and contains the following articles:

Who Is the Enemy?
by His Grace Bishop John

Blessed Violence: Caring for a World in Crisis
by Fr. John Oliver

Youth Ministry: Connecting Learning with Living in the Kingdom
by V. Rev. Dr. Joseph F. Purpura

The Attributes of the Church
by St. justin Popovich

The Holy Trinity and LGBTQ Movement
by Bradley Nassif, Ph.D.

On the Death of Khalid Jabara
by the Jabara Family

...and more!



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Please note: Articles contained in The Word Magazine and on this website express the opinions of the authors. Articles are accepted for publication as contributing to a process of discussion and are not necessarily the last, official word from the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.