When did fasting begin? Did Jesus start the whole thing off? The righteous and the repentant fasted in the Old Testament. Well, what about Abraham then? Fr. Gregory Hallam argues that humankind was taught to fast right from the very beginning, in the Garden of Eden.
From the archives, Fr. Irenei Steenberg (then Fr. Dn. Matthew Steenberg), explores a series of patristic texts that deal with the imperative of forgiveness, and the need to forgive as the gateway into the life offered by Christ in the Church.
The Hogar Rafael Ayau Orthodox Orphanage in Guatemala City, Guatemala, needs your assistance. Here Bobby Maddex talks with Mother Abbess Ines about the increasingly desperate situation in which the orphanage finds itself. Click here to learn more about the Hogar, and click here to find out how you can help.
As Great Lent begins, Illumined Heart host Kevin Allen and nutrition expert Rita Madden (MPH and RD) discuss the role of food in our Orthodox spiritual life, what the Church Fathers say about food and food quantity, and practical nutritional issues related to fasting. Be watching for Rita's new podcast on Food and Faith coming to AFR soon!
There are so many images of Christ, the Trinity, and our worship as Orthodox Christians in the Old Testament but perhaps none so powerful as the story of Abraham. LIsten to this new episode of Worship in Spirit and Truth with Fr. Thomas Hopko.
Bobby Maddex interviews renowned priest, blogger, and now author Fr. Stephen Freeman about his new book Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Storey Universe, published by Conciliar Press.
Dn. Michael Hyatt, host of At the Intersection of East and West, interviews his wife Gail about her recent trip to St. Paisius Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Safford, Arizona.