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Speaking the Truth

Speaking the Truth
God as a Consuming Fire

Episode date: May 21, 2010
Transcript published: March 21, 2015

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I recently had my birthday, and a friend of mine gave me as a gift two volumes, two books, of the missionary letters of St. Nikolai Velimirović. St. Nikolai Velimirović was a wonderful saint of our time. He died only in the 1950s; actually, he died here in America at St. Tikhon’s Seminary in South Canaan, PA, 1956. He was from Serbia. He was an intellectual. He had earned doctors’ degrees in European universities. He had difficulties with his church institution, but then he became a bishop. [He] was a bishop in Žiča, a bishop in Ohrid. He suffered under Nazis; he suffered under Communists. He was in Dachau prison camp. He went…

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Coffee with Sister Vassa

Coffee with Sister Vassa
Week 5 of Lent - Reading Scripture

Episode date: April 07, 2014
Transcript published: March 13, 2015

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Hello, I’m Sr. Vassa, and I’m having my coffee here in Vienna in Austria. It is the fifth week of Lent, and we’ve received some very good news this week. Our previous costume designer, a very nice young Greek man named Emilios, is going to be released from prison in several weeks. In fact, right on Easter. Yes, poor Emilios. Only 23 years old, and he’s been in jail for almost a year. He’s getting out now, I believe, because of good behavior, a little bit early. He did not get in trouble with the law, mind you, by any fault of his own; I think he was really just naïve.

He was hired by what he thought was…

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Life of the Church Today

Life of the Church Today
Introduction and Where Do We Go From Here?

Episode date: February 16, 2015
Transcript published: March 09, 2015

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Dear friends, the Orthodox Church is that singular and unique entity that Jesus Christ established on earth as his body. There is no other ecclesial organization in existence that compares to the magnificence and utter profoundness found within its walls. The Church is the ark of salvation, the only means by which any human being, anywhere, at any time in all of history, was, is, and will be saved. Its doctrine is the doctrine of utter perfection, manifest through the lives of its holiest members and partaken of by all who wish to do so. That’s right! The gifts of the Orthodox Church are the greatest gifts ever offered to mankind…

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Speaking the Truth

Speaking the Truth
The Triumph of Orthodoxy

Episode date: March 17, 2008
Transcript published: March 07, 2015

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Since the year 843, the first Sunday of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church has come to be what is called officially the Feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, and on this day in America, Orthodox Christians in various cities and regions get together to celebrate this special feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. The first Sunday of Lent received this name because in the year 843, on the first Sunday of the Great Lenten season, the holy icons were formally and officially returned into the churches and into the Cathedral of Holy Wisdom in Constantinople for veneration. This ended a period of more than a century of attack against the making and the venerating—particularly…

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Paradise and Utopia

Paradise and Utopia
The Rise of Russian Christendom II

Episode date: February 21, 2014
Transcript published: March 05, 2015

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Welcome back. In the first segment of this episode on the rise of Russian Christendom, I discussed the baptism of Vladimir, and with him, Kievan Russia, talking about the first steps of the Church in the life of Russia during the late 10th and early 11th centuries. I also discussed a bit the process of conversion and the way in which Russia began the process of assimilating traditional Christianity in her culture. So Russia was converted, beginning with Vladimir, in a relatively peaceful way, to Christianity, to traditional Christianity. And her culture now came under the influence of this faith. And we can find in examples of this first stage…

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