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Ancient Faith Presents

Ancient Faith Presents
Metropolitan Joseph’s Inaugural Address

Episode date: July 07, 2014
Transcript published: July 10, 2014

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Good evening. [Good evening.] In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: one God. [Amen.]

Beloved in Christ, glory be to God. [Glory to him forever.]

I thank all of you for your love and for your sincere commitment in the faith. I thank God for my safety to here. I just arrived this afternoon from Lebanon, and I am bringing with me the love of our holy fathers, Patriarch John X and the holy synod and all the hierarchs. We met together over the past few days. It was not [an] easy journey. Nothing is done by accident, but, believe [it] or not, the Holy Spirit was working hard, whether I am the one who was elected…

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The Life of Faith

The Life of Faith
Why Be Orthodox in the 21st Century?

Episode date: June 05, 2014
Transcript published: June 11, 2014

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The topic of this podcast arose from an awareness that many Orthodox Christians feel a disconnect between their faith and the secular society in which they live. However, it seems to also betray a misunderstanding of the purpose of the Church in the world. Many speak of the need for the Church, or Christianity in general, to move with the times, to change its views which many consider to be antiquated and out of touch with the general consensus of the social environment which surrounds Christians and church communities.

This appeal for change is often rooted in three misconceptions. One, the Church is losing people because they feel…

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The Seeking Heart

The Seeking Heart
How Not to be an Annoying Christian

Episode date: May 20, 2014
Transcript published: June 06, 2014

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Sometimes people have the best of intentions but a very great lack of perspective. This can be true about most of us, but it can be particularly true about zealous people.

Religious zeal can give a person a fairly one-dimensional perspective on the world. I can say this because I am prone to it myself, and have been quite guilty of it in the past. This is why it is so important to temper zeal with discipline, especially the disciplines of silence, repentance, humility, and prayer.

But if you want to know why many people find many Christians so obnoxious and intolerable, simply consider the following:

Believing it is your…

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Ancient Faith Commentaries

Ancient Faith Commentaries
Pacify the Ragings of the . . . Who?

Episode date: May 26, 2014
Transcript published: June 06, 2014

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You have probably noticed that we are no longer in the fourth century. In that century the great rival of Christianity was paganism, the worship of the old gods still worshiped by much of the population then, a few of whom were powerful and well-heeled — the population that is, not the gods.

Some scholars estimate that when Constantine declared himself on the side of the Christians earlier in that century, only ten per-cent of the population were actually Christian. The rest, apart from a small slice of Jewish population, were pagan. Some of these pagans were wealthy, well-connected and not planning to go anywhere. Obviously,…

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Coffee with Sister Vassa

Coffee with Sister Vassa
Third Week Of Lent - Palamas

Episode date: March 21, 2014
Transcript published: May 15, 2014

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Hello. I’m Sister Vassa, and I’m having my coffee before going to work today here in Vienna in Austria. I’m sorry: I know this episode is coming out a bit late, but, you know, our writers are a little bit overwhelmed with all the church services during Lent and their usual Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and everybody’s come down with a case of the mid-Lent blues [despondency], so they’re a little bit tired, and we are grumpy and so on.

But the good news is that it is the third week of Lent, and I’m happy to announce that I’ve already lost three kilos, a little bit over six pounds. [Applause] Please…

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