Andrew Boyd, the Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries for the Orthodox Church in America, interviews Dr. Al Rossi, an adjunct professor of pastoral theology at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and the host of "Becoming a Healing Presence," about how and when to talk to kids about death—a timely subject given recent events.
As we continue to pray for the two kidnapped Bishops in Syria, we want to encourage all of our listeners to sign the petition calling for the US Government to do all it can to bring about their release. Please listen to Kevin Allen's appeal below and then click on the image of the bishops to sign the petition. Thank you.
On "Raising Saints," Elissa Bjeletich, the Sunday School Director at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin, Texas, encourages parents and Sunday school teachers to stress the importance of Pascha by sharing in its fullness the story that leads up to Christ's Resurrection.
Fr. David Alexander, an Antiochian priest and chaplain with the United States Marine Corps, has returned to Afghanistan. As he did three years ago, he will be giving us a window into life with his Marines and his struggle to be a shepherd in their midst. Here he describes what it was like to leave his family on this particular deployment.
Mother Christophora spoke at the Pan-Orthodox Sunday Lenten Vespers service for the Youngstown, OH area about the monastic saints commemorated on the Sundays of Lent and then spoke about a contemporary monastic, Mother Alexandra and what she might have to say to us today.
The Antiochian website is reporting the kidnapping of Metropolitan Paul (Yazigi) of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Of Aleppo, the brother of His Beatitude Patriarch John X, as well as Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Archdiocese of Aleppo. They were abducted by terrorists in a suburb of Aleppo. Please pray for their safe release.
How did normal American kids become the Boston bombers? How did the friendly giant become the terrorist? Fr. Lawrence Farley, priest at Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia, reminds us that this sort of thing always happens one poor decision at a time—and that we should guard against doing the same.
This week, the Church reads the Life of St. Mary of Egypt. Archimandrite Irenei explores a section of that text which reveals the relationship between "mystical theology" in ascetical life to the grace of the Holy Mysteries in the Church. We are prompted to ask ourselves: Do I lose sight of the chalice in my desire to find Christ?
On a new "Paradise and Utopia," Fr. John Strickland, a professor of history at Saint Katherine College near San Diego and an attached priest at Saint John of Damascus Church (OCA) in the nearby town of Poway, explores what could be called the catacomb culture of the Church in relation to the Roman Empire.
Bobby Maddex interviews Frederica Mathewes-Green, host of the AFR podcast "Frederica Here and Now," about her book Mary As the Early Christians Knew Her: The Mother of Jesus in Three Ancient Texts, which was just released in paperback by Paraclete Press.
Fr. Lawrence Farley, priest at Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Langley, B.C., and the host of the AFR podcast "Coffee Cup Commentaries," reflects on the twin bombings at yesterday's Boston Marathon in light of the promises of God. Please remember the victims and their families in your prayers.