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Friday, January 16, 2015

Ancient Faith Presents

Changing of the Guard

Bobby Maddex interviews Dr. James Taylor and Adam Lockridge of St. Raphael Orthodox Online Homeschool. Dr. Taylor is stepping down as director of the school after founding it and running it the past two years. Adam Lockridge will be taking his place and explains his vision for the school.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ancient Faith Commentaries

The Christmas Truce of 1914

"One would hope that nations influenced by even mildly historic forms of Christianity would see the folly of secular salvation by warfare," argues Fr. Philip LeMasters, "but the crusading spirit apparently does not die easily." Fr. Philip is a professor of religion at McMurry University.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fr. Tom Hopko

Please Pray for Fr. Tom

Many of you have read this letter from Fr. Thomas Hopko's daughter Juliana Thetford. We are sharing it here and asking our AFR listeners to pray for Fr. Tom during this difficult season of his life. Fr. Tom continues to be a huge blessing to many thousands of listeners around the world. If you would like to write to him, please do so in care of AFR. We will pass it along.

Dear Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics, Family and Friends,

Christ is in our Midst! Blessed Theophany season!

Thank you, to each and every one of you, for your ongoing love, prayers, and concern for our father Fr. Thomas Hopko. As many of you know, he has had several serious health concerns during recent years. The most serious medical issue by far is his diagnosis with congestive heart failure (CHF) due to the fact that he has senile systemic amyloidosis. Simply put, the deposits of a protein-like material called amyloid in the heart cause stiffening of the heart muscle. Therefore it cannot work as efficiently as usual, and heart failure ensues.

On Theophany (January 6), my mother took my father to the ER as the list of symptoms he was experiencing was an indication of heart failure issues. The result of his blood test showed hyponatremia (a potentially very serious condition that occurs when the level of sodium in your blood is abnormally low). Indeed, he was in serious condition, and it was extremely timely that he was brought to the hospital. On the Sunday after Theophany, he was released back home, having been told that although his vital signs were all good (blood pressure, oxygen level, kidney function, plus now his sodium level), and he himself looked rather well considering everything, he had a heart that was decidedly affected by amyloidosis, and in critical condition, with markedly reduced function. The team of doctors reviewed Dad’s case, and in addition to continuing his medication with some adjustments, they prescribed the use of a 24-hour defibrillator vest which Dad started wearing immediately. He will also have home health care and monitoring, which we are very grateful for.

So, as you can see, although the decline of Fr. Thomas’ heart function has been gradual, it is now at a stage that is definitely more critical and will require more rest and a quiet daily routine that supports his well-being in the best way possible. This naturally will result in a more reclusive existence, which for someone who has been as involved and busy as he has, will definitely be a change.  He and my mother know that all of you dear ones are praying, supporting, and loving both of them. They are immensely grateful and touched. While my father will be unable to talk on the phone, have visitors or respond to emails much, please know that you are in his thoughts and prayers.

On behalf of our whole family, most especially my siblings Fr. John Hopko, Katya Mandell, Masha Solak, and Alexandra Sedor, thank you all for your love and support, as well as your understanding and continued prayers. God bless you and yours!

With love in Christ,

Juliana Hopko Thetford


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

St. Philaret

St. Philaret of Moscow

One of the most influential and revered figures of 19th Century Orthodox Russia was St. Philaret of Moscow. In his continuing series on Bishops and Church Organization, Fr. Tom Hopko also speaks about Leo Tolstoy.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Walk for Life

West Coast Walk For Life

Fr. Josiah Trenham joins us to talk about the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade as well as the upcoming Sanctity of Life Sunday on Jan 22. In addition he talks about a west coast Walk for Life on January 24.

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