December 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Let My Prayer

A Psalm for Christmas

Psalm 73 (74) asks the great "Why?" question of humanity—one that is answered in a cave in Bethlehem as the God of the universe takes on flesh for our salvation. Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth explains on a new "Let My Prayer Arise."

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Roads from Emmaus

Meeting the World

In this new series from Fr. Andrew Damick, best known for his book "Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy", he explores the impact of taking the Gospel into our times and our places.This first lecture challenges us to examine the real and tangible aspects of Christianity as opposed to viewing God as a "product."

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lord, Send Me

New Podcast on Evangelism!

Fr John Parker, the Chair of the Department of Evangelization for the OCA, shares his thoughts and reflections on sharing the Good News. He encourages all listeners to bear witness to the work of the One True God in their lives in word and in deed.

Monday, December 12, 2011


A Seat at the Table

Fr. Theodore Paraskevopoulos, priest at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Winnipeg, Canada, reminds us that the Divine Liturgy is a meal—an entering into the eternal reality of the Mystical Supper of Jesus Christ.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


The Fathers Prepare

On the first two Sundays before Christmas, we commerate and sing about all of the faithful throughout the ages who prepared for the birth of Christ. Fr. Tom Hopko references the book "Surprised by Christ" by Fr. A. James Bernstein which is available from Conciliar Press.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Ancient Faith Presents

Saint Romanos Records and Fullness of the Faith

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift for Orthodox friends and family members? Ron Moore might be able to help you out. AFR operations manager Bobby Maddex interviews him about his two online Orthodox retail outlets— and

Fr. Tom Hopko

The Work of God’s People

Fr. Tom Hopko says every person on earth is made in the image and likeness of God. No two people are the same and each one has a work to accomplish in his or her earthly life.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Singing the Triumphal Hymn

Sacred Meals: Part 7

On a new "Singing the Triumphal Hymn," Fr. John Finley reads chapter one of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he describes his childhood visits to his grandfather's house—a place filled with the love of faith, family, God, and pecan pie.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Food, Faith, and Fasting

Properly Feasting

After a long seasonal fast, one might be tempted to overeat. What can we do to prevent overeating and properly enjoy the foods of the season? Registered Dietician Rita Madden has a few suggestions.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Worship in Spirit and Truth

The Prayers for the Bishop

Before the liturgy begins, prayers are said as the Bishop and Priest enter the church. Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir's Seminary, explains these prayers in this 22nd episode of "Worship in Spirit and Truth."

Monday, December 05, 2011

St. Nicholas

The Life and Miracles of St. Nicholas

Dr. Chrissi Hart reads: The Life and Miracles of Saint Nicholas, The Wonderworker by Count Michael Tolstoy. The Publishing House of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral (2001).

Saturday, December 03, 2011

St. Andrew

St. Andrew the Apostle

On November 30, we celebrated the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. On that day, Fr. Tom Hopko reflected on this great apostle as well as some of the legends that surround him. In particular, he talks about the dubious history of Andrew's alledged founding of the Church in Constantinople.

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