Journeys through Great Lent

Journeys through Great Lent

February 2009

This collection draws from both past and current series and will be updated throughout Great Lent. In addition to what you see below, be sure your Lenten journey includes a walk on The Path with Fr. Tom Soroka. His daily (M-F) podcast draws on Old Testament readings and the Gospels, both from the Orthodox Study Bible, and is supplemented by rich commentary from the Church Fathers.


Episodes

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All Saints Homilies Mar 03, 2014

Final Preparation for Lent

Fr. Pat discusses the history of Great Lent and the practice of fasting.

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Shepherd of Souls Mar 03, 2014

Forgiveness. It’s Not Just for Sunday Anymore

Fr. Peter explains that the total measuring stick of our salvation depends upon how we deal with each other.

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iSermon Mar 03, 2014

Diabolical

Fr. Ted reminds us that we cannot be true Christians if we do not forgive.

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Ancient Faith Commentaries Mar 03, 2014

Lenten Homily

Fr. John Parker is the Chair of the Dept. of Evangelization for the Orthodox Church in America. He wrote this homily to begin Lent based on the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom.

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From the Amvon Mar 03, 2014

By the Waters of Babylon

Fr. John shares his homily on Psalm 136.

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Under the Grapevine Feb 21, 2014

The Legend of the Cross

The Legend of the Cross by Chrissi Hart, illustrated by Niko Chocheli (Xist Publishing, 2014).

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Orthodoxy Live Jan 28, 2014

Orthodoxy Live Lenten Special

In this special episode of Orthodoxy Live, Fr. Evan welcomes John Maddex into the studio and they give an overview of the Lenten Triodion and Great Lent itself. This is a perfect primer for the newly Orthodox or the inquirer. Learn about the history and current significance of Great Lent and how to best prepare for it.

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OCF Podcast Apr 02, 2013

Dorm Fasting

Tim explains how to fast while in college and shares a number of easy fasting recipes. See the PDF below for the recipes discussed in today's show.

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Food, Faith, and Fasting Mar 14, 2013

Let’s Not Fake the Fast

Rita encourages us to enter into the true spirit of the fast as we begin Great Lent.

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Healing with Fr. George Morelli Mar 13, 2013

Connecting Healing to our Lenten Preparation

Fr. George connects the concept of healing to our Lenten preparation and then begins the next section of his series on applying Christ's Beatitudes.

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A Word from the Holy Fathers Mar 09, 2013

Shall We Forgive? The Fathers on Forgiveness as the Gateway to Salvation

This week, in anticipation of Forgiveness Sunday, Archimandrite Irenei 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.

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Food, Faith, and Fasting Nov 21, 2012

Fasting Alone

What do you do when you are the only one in your home who is fasting? You have become Orthodox and your spouse has not, or you live with people who simply do not fast. What are some strategies for you to keep the fast? Rita offers some suggestions.

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Food, Faith, and Fasting Sep 19, 2012

Fasting with Company

Many of us have family and friends who are not Orthodox. What do we do when company is in our home during a fasting day or period? Rita gives suggestions for showing the gift of hospitality and still keeping the fast. 

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Food, Faith, and Fasting Aug 22, 2012

Fasting With the Child

Fasting should not be legalistic, and it involves way more than just food. Rita explains the various ways in which we can help our children understand and practice all the aspects of a fasting period.

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Food, Faith, and Fasting Aug 08, 2012

Modeling Healthy Fasting

We all must embrace fasting with a willing heart. In addition, we need to nourish our bodies during the fast. Rita provides information about the nutritional value of various fasting foods, whether for children or adults. 

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Food, Faith, and Fasting Jun 12, 2012

Fasting IS Medicine

The Holy Apostle’s fast is upon us. Fasting is not legalistic; rather, it is a medicine we choose to take to deepen our communion with God. Rita focuses on approaching the fast from a willing heart. She also discusses how joyful fasting can lead to health benefits.

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Jottings from a Holy Mountain May 15, 2012

Reflections on Lent and Pascha, Sharing Plans for the Future

After a Blessed Pascha at the Monastery, Fr. Meletios shares his plans to build a skete in Montana, and a long awaited return to Greece.

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Voices from St Vladimir's Seminary Apr 11, 2012

Great Lent: Gift of God in Christ: Part 4

Touching upon all the gifts that the season of Great Lent offers for spiritual growth, Fr. John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, delivers four reflections on the emergence of life through suffering, brokenness, and death. With astute attention to the teachings of Scripture and the Fathers, Fr. John centers on the necessity of dying for true life in Christ—life eternal—to emerge.

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All Saints Homilies Apr 09, 2012

Great Lent

Fr. Pat discusses the three things expected of us during Lent: works of mercy, works of prayer, and works of fasting.

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iSermon Apr 09, 2012

The Great Miscommunication

Fr. Ted reminds us that we need to accept God and others and they truly are, not who we expect them to be.

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Sermons at St. Nicholas Apr 08, 2012

Rejoice the Lord Always (Phil 4:4-9) Palm Sunday

Before we enter into the Passion Week, the Holy Church gives us the festal celebration of our Lord's Entrance into Jerusalem. Fr Tom reminds us that, like Christ, we are to remain faithful and joyful on the way to, or in the midst of, the various crosses that we might face in our life.

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Frederica Here and Now Apr 04, 2012

Peter’s Denial

Frederica reads the narrative of Peter's denial of Christ from St. Romanos the Melodist.

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Healing with Fr. George Morelli Apr 03, 2012

Reflections for Holy Week and Pascha

Fr. George shares some psycho-spiritual meditations in anticipation of the Feast of the Resurrection.

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Speaking the Truth Apr 03, 2012

The Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts - Part 2

In part 2 of Fr. Tom's reflection on the Pre-Santified Liturgy, he talks about a mis-guided practice from the previous centuries of denying the gifts to children or the mentally impaired.

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The Morning Offering Mar 29, 2012

The Lenten Journey

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Voices from St Vladimir's Seminary Mar 28, 2012

Great Lent: Gift of God in Christ: Part 3

Touching upon all the gifts that the season of Great Lent offers for spiritual growth, Fr. John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, delivers four reflections on the emergence of life through suffering, brokenness, and death. With astute attention to the teachings of Scripture and the Fathers, Fr. John centers on the necessity of dying for true life in Christ—life eternal—to emerge.

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Food, Faith, and Fasting Mar 28, 2012

Continuing Your Fasting Journey

Rita explains that feeling hunger can benefit both our physical and spiritual wellbeing. She also discusses a few oil-free meal ideas.

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iSermon Mar 19, 2012

Taking Up Our Cross

Fr. Ted reminds us that struggle is an essential component of Christianity.

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Food, Faith, and Fasting Mar 14, 2012

More Commentary on the Great Fast

Rita offers tips and encouragement to assist listeners in their fasting journey.

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Voices from St Vladimir's Seminary Mar 14, 2012

Great Lent: Gift of God in Christ: Part 2

Touching upon all the gifts that the season of Great Lent offers for spiritual growth, Fr. John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, delivers four reflections on the emergence of life through suffering, brokenness, and death. With astute attention to the teachings of Scripture and the Fathers, Fr. John centers on the necessity of dying for true life in Christ—life eternal—to emerge.

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Orthodixie Mar 13, 2012

A Priest Confesses, Eh?

Recorded live at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church in St Paul, Alberta, Canada. Fr. Joseph confesses that, for him, fasting from food ain't the problem.

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All Saints Homilies Mar 13, 2012

The Prodigal Son

Fr. Pat takes on the characters in this parable one by one—the father, the younger son, and then the older son.

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Monastery of the Transfiguration Mar 05, 2012

Fr. John Kostas - Sunday of Orthodoxy

Homily given on the Sunday of Orthodoxy at the monastery.

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Monastery of the Transfiguration Mar 05, 2012

Fr. John Kostas - Forgiveness Sunday

Homily given on Forgiveness Sunday at the monastery.

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iSermon Mar 05, 2012

Affirming the Incarnation

Fr. Ted reminds us that icons affirm that God really did come in the flesh.

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Glory to God Mar 03, 2012

Smashing Icons

On the first Sunday of Great Lent, Orthodox Christians celebrate the return of icons to the Churches. Fr. Stephen looks at the spirit of icon smashing that occasionally infects Christians and various political movements and contrasts it with the spirit of authentic Christianity.

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Fr. Evan Armatas - Transforming Our Lives in Christ Mar 02, 2012

How Great Lent Can Be the Beginning of Your Transformation

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Singing the Triumphal Hymn Mar 01, 2012

Sacred Meals: Part 10

Fr. John reads chapter four of his book Sacred Meals, now available from Conciliar Press. Here he reflects on Lent and fasting.

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A Voice From The Isles Mar 01, 2012

Lenten Call

Man can achieve true delight and true immortality through the grace of God. The reason for our existence is communion with God.

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Voices from St Vladimir's Seminary Feb 29, 2012

Great Lent: Gift of God in Christ: Part 1

Touching upon all the gifts that the season of Great Lent offers for spiritual growth, Fr. John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, delivers four reflections on the emergence of life through suffering, brokenness, and death. With astute attention to the teachings of Scripture and the Fathers, Fr. John centers on the necessity of dying for true life in Christ—life eternal—to emerge.

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The Morning Offering Feb 28, 2012

Fasting

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Close to Home Feb 27, 2012

Cleaning House

On this first day of Great Lent, Molly compares the condition of her house with the condition of her soul.

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Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy Feb 26, 2012

“Giving Up Something” For Lent

Fr. Andrew Damick comments on a recent article in Christianity Today by Mark Galli entitled "Giving Up Self-Discipline For Lent." He contrasts the western view of Lent with an Orthodox perspective. Listen to Fr. Andrew's commentary below or read it by clicking on the image.

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Sermons at St. Nicholas Feb 26, 2012

Forgiveness: A Divine Act (Mt 6:14-21)

On the last Sunday of preparation before we begin the Great Fast, the Church calls us to offer and receive forgiveness from everyone. Fr Tom reminds us that we are commanded to forgive precisely because this action allows us to participate in and experience the Divine Life of God Himself.

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Food, Faith, and Fasting Feb 22, 2012

The Dos and Don’ts of Fasting

When a fast is just around the corner, the fridge gets stocked with non-dairy creamer and margarine. Rita explains how these foods sabotage the very essence of fasting and are detrimental to health.

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A Voice From The Isles Feb 20, 2012

Prodigal Son

The guest preacher was Fr. Yves Dubois with a sermon on the Sunday of the Prodigal Son.

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Sermons at St. Nicholas Feb 19, 2012

Judgment and Reward (Mt 25:31-46) Last Judgment

On the third preparatory Sunday before Great Lent, the gospel of the Last Judgment is read. Fr Tom reminds us that though today we can choose to acknowledge or to ignore Christ as Lord, on that great and final day everyone will acknowledge Him and give an account of their life.

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Sermons at St. Nicholas Feb 12, 2012

Hungering for God (Luke 15:11-32) Prodigal Son

The parable of the Prodigal Son is a powerful image of our returning to God and the Father's rich mercy in restoring us. Fr Tom reminds us that we must be able both to admit that we have separated ourselves from God's life and have the deep desire to return to the riches of His Kingdom.

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A Voice From The Isles Feb 08, 2012

O, To Be a Publican

Fr. Gregory gives a sermon on the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee.

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Food, Faith, and Fasting Nov 22, 2011

Seasonal Fasting

Rita looks at proper seasonal fasting, as well as some strategies for practicing this discipline when we are in the world.

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The Morning Offering Nov 11, 2011

Our Fasting Is Pleasing to the Lord When . . .

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At the Intersection May 02, 2011

Great Lent: Part Eight

In this encore presentation of At the Intersection of East and West, Dn. Michael Hyatt discusses the appendix of Fr. Alexander Schmemann's book Great Lent: Journey to Pascha, where Fr. Alexander talks about the importance of frequent communion.

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At the Intersection Apr 25, 2011

Great Lent: Part Seven

In this encore presentation of At the Intersection of East and West, Dn. Michael asks the question, "How can we apply Fr. Alexander's teachings on Great Lent to our lives?"

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At the Intersection Apr 18, 2011

Great Lent: Part Six

In this encore presentation of At the Intersection of East and West, Dn. Michael reminds us that it is only by knowing the way that we make it to Pascha.

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Jottings from a Holy Mountain Apr 16, 2011

Projects, Pilgrimage, and the Lenten Journey

Recorded during the 4th week of Great Lent, Abbot Meletios brings us up to date on projects at the monastery and talks about an upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He concludes with a helpful description of the Lenten journey.

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At the Intersection Apr 11, 2011

Great Lent: Part Five

In this encore presentation of At the Intersection of East and West, Dn. Michael discusses the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.

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iSermon Apr 04, 2011

Prayer and Fasting

Fr. Ted urges encourages us to stay the course, as the feast of Pascha draws near.

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Ancient Faith Presents Apr 04, 2011

Mission at Home

In this special episode of Ancient Faith Presents, Tim Prattas, an assistant for the Department of Greek Education in the Greek Community of Toronto, delivers a Lenten lecture to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Winnipeg, Canada. The talk is titled “Mission at Home: Reaching Out to Your Local Community.”

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At the Intersection Apr 04, 2011

Great Lent: Part Four

In this encore presentation of At the Intersection of East and West, Dn. Michael considers four aspects of Lenten worship: atmosphere, prayer, Scripture, and hymns.

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At the Intersection Mar 29, 2011

Great Lent: Part Three

In this encore presentation of At the Intersection of East and West, Dn. Michael continues his discussion of the five Sundays that precede the start of Great Lent.

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At the Intersection Mar 21, 2011

Great Lent: Part Two

In this encore presentation of At the Intersection of East and West, Dn. Michael discusses the five Sundays that precede the start of Great Lent.

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The Arena Mar 21, 2011

The Seriousness of Our Sins

Second Sunday of Great Lent

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Sermons at St. Nicholas Mar 20, 2011

Second Sunday of Great Lent (Mark 2:1-12)

In the gospel reading for the second Sunday of Great Lent, Christ heals a man of debilitating paralysis. But Fr Tom reminds us that Jesus reveals something even more important, that He forgives sins as the eternal Son of God. (Second Sunday of Great Lent - Healing of the Paralytic)

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At the Intersection Mar 16, 2011

Great Lent: Part One

In this encore presentation of At the Intersection of East and West, Dn. Michael begins a new series based on Fr. Alexander Schmemann's book Great Lent: Journey to Pascha.

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iSermon Mar 15, 2011

Thoughts on the Second Week of Lent

Fr. Ted encourages us to pace ourselves in this, our second week of Lent, as temptations from the evil one can thwart our efforts to be closer to God. He also reminds us to be patient with others as each path is different and we are not to judge.

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The Arena Mar 15, 2011

The Icon: The Invisible Made Visible

The Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy

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Sermons at St. Nicholas Mar 13, 2011

The Triumph of Orthodoxy (John 1:43-51)

On this first Sunday of Lent we celebrate the historical Triumph of Orthodoxy over the Iconoclasts. Fr Tom reminds us that we also need an ever-present Triumph of Orthodoxy in our lives to fulfill the evangelical call of Christ. (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

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Real Life Minute Mar 13, 2011

A Prayer for Great Lent

St. Gregory the Dialogist with a prayer for Great Lent.

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Orthodox Christians on the Front Lines Mar 10, 2011

The Triumph of Orthodoxy

In this episode, Fr. Jerome Cwiklinski, an Orthodox Chaplain and a Captain in the Navy, currently assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California, discusses the military member's vocation as bearer of the image and likeness of God.

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Sermons at St. Nicholas Mar 07, 2011

Forgiveness and the Great Fast (Matthew 6:14-21)

On the day before the beginning of Great Lent, the Church teaches us that our journey of repentance begins with offering forgiveness. Fr Tom reminds us that forgiveness is the essential action to grow in the likeness of God, because it is what He freely offers to us. (Forty-first Sunday after Pentecost - Forgiveness Sunday)

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The Arena Mar 07, 2011

The Great IF!

Forgiveness Sunday

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A Voice From The Isles Mar 07, 2011

Why Do We Fast?

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? The fact is, humankind was taught to fast right from the very beginning, in the Garden of Eden.

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The Opinionated Tailor Mar 05, 2011

Preparing for Lent

Are you prepared for Lent? Kh. Krista gives some tips.

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Speaking the Truth Feb 26, 2011

Recommended Reading for Lent

As Great Lent approaches, Fr. Tom Hopko provides helpful reading recommendations both from scripture and from other books. A very helpful book to read during this season is Fr. Tom's own The Lenten Spring.

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Real Life Minute Dec 26, 2010

Why Do We Fast?

St. Isaac the Syrian on the spiritual benefits of fasting.

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The Arena Aug 01, 2010

Prayer and Fasting: The Power to Expel Demons

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Orthodixie Apr 09, 2010

Past Fast (Rewind)

Fr. Joseph revisits the Lenten Superlative Awards, Bright Week and the remainder of the Feast (someone needs to tell him that -- although meat, dairy, and cheese are now allowed -- singing is not required).

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Pilgrims from Paradise Apr 01, 2010

Pillars Of The Fast - Part 2

Matthew concludes his short series, examining the final two pillars-- prayer and alms-giving-- with special emphasis on the former.

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OCF Podcast Mar 29, 2010

Lenten Podcast 3 - Prayer and Silence

Today, we conclude our Lenten programming with a discussion on prayer and silence.

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Pilgrims from Paradise Mar 24, 2010

Pillars Of The Fast - Part 1

In this short series, Matthew examines the three "pillars" of Great Lent and uncovers the essence of love and unity that are inherent in each. He begins with Fasting.

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At the Intersection Mar 24, 2010

Great Lent - Part Eight

In the final episode in the study of Fr. Alexander Schmemann's book Great Lent: Journey to Pascha, Dn. Michael discusses the Appendix where Fr. Alexander talks about the importance of frequent communion.

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Shepherd of Souls Mar 24, 2010

Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

Fr. Peter plays "The Canon of Holy Saturday" and then shares his homily from the fourth Sunday of Great Lent.

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Healing with Fr. George Morelli Mar 24, 2010

A Lenten Reflection On The Holy Cross - Part 3

If forgiveness is missing,says Fr. George in the conclusion of his series, then all we do is meaningless before God.

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St. Vladimir’s Seminary Lectures Mar 22, 2010

2010 Lenten Retreat - Fr. Joseph Huneycutt - Part 3

Part 3 of Paschal Fire From Spiritual Ashes with Q & A at the end.

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St. Vladimir’s Seminary Lectures Mar 22, 2010

2010 Lenten Retreat - Fr. Joseph Huneycutt - Part 2

Part 2 of Paschal Fire From Spiritual Ashes.

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St. Vladimir’s Seminary Lectures Mar 22, 2010

2010 Lenten Retreat - Fr. Joseph Huneycutt

The 2010 Lenten Retreat at St. Vladimir's Seminary was held on March 20 and the speaker was Fr. Joseph Huneycutt, assistant priest at St. George Orthodox Church in Houston and host of the Orthodixie podcast and blog site. His three lectures were entitled, Paschal Fire From Spiritual Ashes. This is part 1.

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Healing with Fr. George Morelli Mar 17, 2010

A Lenten Reflection On The Holy Cross - Part 2

Fr. George continues his series by discussing the spiritual disease of pride.

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OCF Podcast Mar 16, 2010

Lenten Podcast 2 - Dorm Fasting

Today, we continue our Lenten programming with tips on how to survive the Fast if you live on campus.

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At the Intersection Mar 15, 2010

Great Lent: Part Seven

Dn. Michael asks the question, "How can we apply Fr. Alexander's teachings on Great Lent to our lives?"

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Glory to God Mar 13, 2010

Publicans And Harlots And The Last Banquet

Fr. Stephen looks at the image of Christ with the unrighteous gathered around Him and recalls a famous passage in Dostoevsky.

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Orthodixie Mar 13, 2010

One Eyed, One Horned, Lenten Purple People Eater

What's the difference between Purple People and White People? Oh, and what's eating the Orthodox these days? (It's memory lane with bases loaded; for some, Lent can't end soon enough.)

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Pilgrims from Paradise Mar 11, 2010

Bearing A Cross

At the mid-point of Great Lent, the Church inspires our efforts with Christ's Holy Cross. Matthew uses this opportunity to reflect on our own crosses.

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Shepherd of Souls Mar 10, 2010

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Fr. Peter plays the song "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" by the group Shiloh and then shares his homily from the Sunday of Orthodoxy.

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Healing with Fr. George Morelli Mar 10, 2010

A Lenten Reflection On The Holy Cross - Part 1

Fr. George uses the healing Christ as our model for forgiveness.

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At the Intersection Mar 09, 2010

Great Lent: Part Six

Dn. Michael reminds us that it is only by knowing the way that we make it to Pascha.

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Jottings from a Holy Mountain Mar 05, 2010

The Master Is Present And Waiting For Us

In his 10th episode, Fr. Meletios talks about the Lenten schedule at the monastery recorded during the 3rd week of Great Lent.

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Shepherd of Souls Mar 04, 2010

The Sunday of Forgiveness

Fr. Peter plays the song "Proclaim His Love" by Mark Bishop Evans and then shares his homily on the theme of forgiveness.

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OCF Podcast Mar 04, 2010

Lenten Podcast 1

Today, we present a conversation on almsgiving and forgiveness, the first of several shorter segments for the season of Great Lent.

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At the Intersection Mar 02, 2010

Great Lent: Part Five

Dn. Michael begins discussing the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.

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iSermon Mar 01, 2010

What We Need

Fr. Ted explains that what we really need for our lives is to have our sins forgiven.

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