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The Arena

The Arena
The Mystery of Churching

Episode date: February 06, 2014
Transcript published: March 15, 2014

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. [Amen.]

I wish you all a very happy Feast of our Savior’s Meeting in the Temple and the Purification of the Virgin. Before I start my homily, brothers and sisters, I want to point out two things to you. The first is this beautiful epigonation that I’m wearing upon my knee. This shield is the sign of a priest who is a confessor, who’s given the faculties of confession by his bishop, and I’m wearing it today with many thoughts of our dear Metropolitan Paul, Metropolitan Boulos of Aleppo, who is as you know since last April 22 in captivity—we…

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Glory to God

Glory to God
The Modern Project

Episode date: March 12, 2014
Transcript published: March 15, 2014

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When I was doing a graduate degree in theology, it was not uncommon to hear discussions of what was called the “project of modernity.” It was an academic catch-phrase to describe the social-philosophical-political-religious efforts to construct the modern world. The Enlightenment, which took place in the 17th and 18th centuries describes a collection of efforts that changed how people saw the world, how they saw themselves, how they saw their faith, how they saw the state. It brought new ways of thinking into the mainstream of Western culture and newly imagined the meaning and construction of politics; it pondered and reinvented…

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Singing the Triumphal Hymn

Singing the Triumphal Hymn
Authentic Church Music

Episode date: March 20, 2009
Transcript published: March 15, 2014

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The belief that God became Man and dwells among us in Jesus Christ is at the very heart of Orthodox Christian life and worship. Orthodox worship, therefore, involves the whole person — heart, mind, body and soul. In our services of worship Christians pray and sing in liturgies that are not of this world.

Back in 2002 a conference on missions and evangelism with the theme The Gospel in Song: Music, Missions and Evangelism was conducted in Toledo California on August 30th through September 2nd. As a member of the Department of Missions and Evangelism for the Antiochian Archdiocese, I was asked to give a presentation on authentic…

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The Arena

The Arena
Rejoicing with Christ in the Furnace

Episode date: December 18, 2013
Transcript published: March 10, 2014

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. [Amen.]

Yesterday, brothers and sisters, we were involved in catechism, as usual on Saturday afternoons. The subject yesterday was the Holy Spirit, and amongst other things I was speaking to the catechumens about acquiring the mind of the Church, the mind of the Spirit, as St. Paul calls it, and especially to think the right thoughts about God and about ourselves and about the calling of our life. One of the catechumens asked a very beautiful question. She asked, “How do I develop the Church’s mindset about God and escape the thoughts I’ve…

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Ancient Faith Presents

Ancient Faith Presents
Ukraine - Another Perspective

Episode date: February 26, 2014
Transcript published: March 08, 2014

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Mr. Kevin Allen: This is Kevin Allen for Ancient Faith Radio, and I’m speaking with Mr. James G. Jatras. Jim is an Orthodox Christian, a former U.S. diplomat and U.S. Senate staffer, and a member of the American Institute in Ukraine. Jim, thank you for joining me on Ancient Faith Radio.

Mr. James Jatras: Thank you.

Mr. Allen: Jim, I’d like to begin by reading a short quote from a political analyst from Voice of Russia Radio on the current situation in Ukraine reflecting, I believe, the Russian position—maybe that should be in parentheses—and different from…

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