Prepping for Our Journey to Pascha

The Triodion period before Great Lent helps us prepare for our long journey to Pascha and, ultimately, the Kingdom.
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Prayer of Saint Philaret

The Morning Prayer of Saint Philaret of Moscow brings our attention to our inner life, to the will of God, and to how we treat our neighbor.
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Christ Comes First

As long as our ministry efforts have different starting points than our Life in Christ, they will never be fully united, nor will they be of Christ.
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Faith Witness in Albania

Albania serves as an international example on inter-religious cooperation.
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Demonstrating Faith Through Works: Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017

Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high...
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Reflections from Yad Vashem: Israel’s Official Holocaust Memorial

The United Nations is remembering the Holocaust this week through a series of programs and activities related to the theme of “educating for a better future.”   Coincidentally, I was...
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Why Orthodox Christians Should Do Their Genealogy

The theology of the Orthodox Church makes a good case for why every Orthodox Christian should study his or her family history.
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Health and Human Rights in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS: A Modern-Day Civil Rights Struggle

As Orthodox Christians, we are charged with viewing people of all races equally, both under God as well as societally. This stems not from political opinion, but rather our shared view that we are...
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Sowing Kernels of Truth

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant."
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When it Comes to Racism, Start with the Person in the Mirror

“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First, remove the...
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An Orthodox Guide to New Year’s Resolutions

Each year, we make lofty resolutions we hope to keep. What should Orthodox Christians keep in mind at the start of the new year?
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Stop Saying it's Okay: A Lesson in Forgiveness

As St. Dionysios showed us, forgiveness does not have to come with the reassurance of saying “it’s okay.” Forgiveness is enough in itself.
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Why Jesus Came at Christmas

Why do we celebrate Christmas every year? Jesus gives several reasons why He came into the world.
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Arduous Journeys Across Seas and Deserts

Let’s say you had to move away. Actually, let’s say you had to move far away—like, outside-of-your-country far away. In this scenario, the economy has gotten so bad that nobody—not...
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Three Lessons from Saint Porphyrios

Saint Porphyrios is a modern saint who speaks to our society today. Here are three lessons that can help us in our relationship with Christ.
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Life Lessons from "This Is Us" - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

If we want our children and families to grow in their likeness to Christ, then we must pursue that path ourselves.
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Saving Room for Christ

The Advent season is filled with so much commotion that we can fill up on Christmastime and forget to save room for Christ.
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St. Nicholas and the Spirit of Charity and Giving

  St. Nicholas is undoubtedly one of the most well-known and beloved Christian saints. Universally venerated among traditional Christian denominations, one would be hard pressed...
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Non-Orthodox Observers at HGC Were Moved by the Conciliarity and Spirituality in Orthodoxy

Non-Orthodox Observers were moved by what they observed at the opening and closing sessions of the Holy and Great Council and were impressed with what they learned from their discussions on Crete.
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An Accessible World For All

Urbanization is among the most impactful global trends of the past century, resulting in a growing share of the population living in urban areas. This transformative force impacts both the...
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Writing History With H.A.H. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

History is a process which starts from an event, entering memory before being written down through a painstaking effort of abstraction. In the case of Fr. John Chryssavgis’s book, the event is a person, the memory is an inspiration, and history is the global destiny of H.A.H. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to whom this biography is consecrated. A quote from Churchill used in the book - “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see” – echoes a central aspect of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s identity: he stands at the crossroads of past and future, leading the Orthodox Church into the third millennium, reminding the world of the eschatological nature of the Church: at the crossroads of time, but also of space, “being in the world, yet not of the world.”
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Greek-American Hierarchs Put HGC into Perspective

Being able to witness the historic gathering of Orthodox hierarchs and other representatives of our Faith at Holy and Great Council (HGC) last summer is one of the things I express thanks for at Thanksgiving dinner.
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Finally, A Blog Post About Zelda - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Video games are fun, but not only because they provide great entertainment. They speak to our desire to participate in a story that is bigger than we are: God's Story.
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Giving Thanks Even During the Holidays

The holidays can be a challenge for many of us. Here are three things that we can do to give thanks when we struggle to find the words.
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