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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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May 2015 Edition of The Word Now Available

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The May 2015 issue of The Word is now available and contains the following articles:

What We Are About
by His Grace Bishop John

Imitation and the Divine Life
by St. Raphael Hawaweeny

Remarks on the First Anniversary Trisagion for Metropolitan Philip
by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph

Serving Christ Our God and Our Church
by Violet K. Robbat

Joint Statement on the Second Anniversary of the Kidnapping of Archbishops Paul and John

Secular vs. Orthodox Chaplaincy: Taking the Kingdom of Heaven Seriously
by His Grace Bishop Thomas

On the New Martyrs of the Middle East: An Orthodox Christian View
by His Grace Bishop Thomas

...and more!



The Word PDF Archives

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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.