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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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OCF Podcast

OCF Podcast
Mother Gabriella

Episode date: February 26, 2015
Transcript published: March 04, 2015

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Mother Abbess Gabriella: Good morning, everybody. [Good morning.] I’m glad to be here with you. Now I was hoping for a better presentation this morning, but I really feel a little nervous right now. Fr. Tryphon is here, recording this right here. [Laughter] Okay, so anyway, I just have to make abstraction of your presence, Fr. Tryphon.

Fr. Tryphon: Do you want me to leave? [Laughter]

Mother Gabriella: No, by your prayers I’ll say the right words. Okay. Just a few ideas, a few words that you can take with you from this gathering here, this weekend, these days, that…

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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
Compassion Has No Price

Episode date: February 09, 2015
Transcript published: March 04, 2015

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The mission is such a unique place. It’s amazing how the poor are our teachers and open our eyes to the realities of what our faith means. Not long after I was ordained to the diaconate, I was asked by a seminary to give a lecture on Orthodox mission and what our mission does. Unfortunately the group was only able to come on a day that the mission was closed. I thought to myself: How could I teach about mission without the community being present?

Though I found it a little strange, I did manage to muster up the skills from my teaching days and give them some understanding of what the mission is. We spent the greater part…

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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
Unable to Love

Episode date: February 23, 2015
Transcript published: March 04, 2015

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One day, while I was consumed with meeting a particular deadline and trying to reply to endless emails, I glanced up and noticed a man in his mid-thirties eating his lunch. His hair was long; his face was unshaven; his clothes were not too clean. But what I noticed most were his eyes. They were this bright blue color, but they were watery and puffy. He looked as though he had just stopped crying. Initially, I wanted to stop what I was doing and talk to him, but I was so caught up in my own issues I didn’t have time for him—at least, that’s what I thought.

At one point, I left the office to get some much-needed air and…

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