In times of fear and distress, we can turn to the simple act of prayer to calm the waters. Angela Doll Carlson reads a passage from Nearly Orthodox about this very thing, and about learning to pray the Jesus Prayer in Greek.
We interview Fr. Robert Miclean, the Rector of Holy Archangels Orthodox Mission in Annapolis, Maryland, who will soon be leading a pilgrimage to Romania. Among the highlights of this upcoming trip will be the celebration of Holy Ascension in Valea Plopului, Romania, and Holy Pentecost at Putna Monastery in the northern part of Romania, home of the famous "painted monasteries" built by St. Stephen the Great.
Edith Humphrey looks to this week’s readings, 2 Timothy 4:5-8, and Mark 1:1-8 (with the help of the prophecies of Malachi 3:1-5, 4:2-6), as an encouragement to put off the Old Man, and to put on Christ. The conjunction of Nativity with the beginning of our remembrance of Theophany leads us to dwell upon the themes of old and new— of the new covenant by which we have been embraced, of how it fulfils promises of the old covenant, and of how Christ himself is the Alpha as well as the Omega.
It’s finally time for the annual Star Wars "Pop Culture Coffee Hour," and Steven Christoforou and Christian Gonzalez are stoked. They discuss relating with the past, the balance between light and darkness, and how great it was to see Luke Skywalker return to the silver screen. Spoilers abound, including this one: No Top 5. Just pure, unadulterated Star Wars.
Pastor Michael Landsman and Fr. Andrew Damick welcome Michael's dad, Dr. Michael Landsman. They talk about his conversion from Judaism to Christianity and his experience in the Charismatic movement, as well as dealing with disappointment and longevity over 45 years of ministry. They also talk about Fr. Andrew's new book - Bearing God: The Life and Works of St. Ignatius of Antioch the God-Bearer.
Fr. Patrick Cardine joins us to talk about the beautiful new CD produced by his parish choir. St. Patrick Antiochian Orthodox Church is a parish in the Western Rite tradition and the recording is available as a CD or as downloads. Go the the parish website to learn more.
On today's "Ancient Faith Presents," Bobby Maddex interviews Fr. Stephen Loposky about the 17th Annual Youth Worker and Camping Conference.
On a new "Family Matters," the podcast of the GOA Center for Family Care, Fr. Alex Goussetis talks with Dr. George Stavros on the reasons we choose our spouse, often based on the following factors: the familiar, the compensatory, and the redemptive.
Fr. Philip LeMasters reminds us that approaching God's requirements as a simple checklist for eternal life will leave us, like the Rich Young Ruler, outside the great joy of Christmas.