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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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Coffee with Sister Vassa

Coffee with Sister Vassa
Week 4 of Lent - The Cross

Episode date: March 29, 2014
Transcript published: May 15, 2014

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Hello. I’m Sister Vassa, and I’m glad you’re watching our award-winning show live from Vienna in Austria. It is now the fourth week of Lent, which means we have now reached the very middle of Lent, and it is a beautiful spring morning here in Vienna. [Cat Steven sings “Morning Has Broken”]

By the way, some people around here have been saying that I shouldn’t call this an “award-winning” show just because these trophies here were won for table tennis. Yes, my personal trainer, Edeltraut, and David, from the sound department, did indeed win these beautiful trophies for table tennis…

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The Seeking Heart

The Seeking Heart
You Should Be Orthodox

Episode date: May 13, 2014
Transcript published: May 14, 2014

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Has anyone ever told you that you should be Orthodox? If not, let me be the first one. Yeah, you heard me right. You should be Orthodox. I say this because I’ve seen you around—young, Christian hipster—and I sympathize with the fact that your church is trying really hard to be relevant to you. They want to create an atmosphere in which you will feel comfortable and affirmed because, well, they’re afraid you will eventually become bored and just leave. From the outside it looks like your church is doing everything possible to make church seem not so much like… church. The narthex… lobby? Well, the…

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A Word from the Holy Fathers

A Word from the Holy Fathers
Abba Poemen the Great: On Softening the Hardest of Hearts

Episode date: October 25, 2013
Transcript published: May 13, 2014

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I should like this week to offer up a few sayings, three sayings, from our father among the saints, Poemen the Great, Abba Poemen of the desert. Last week, we looked at a few of the words of St. John the Dwarf of Egypt, and we carry on this theme of the desert fathers today with the words of St. Poemen, one of the greatest elders of the Christian desert, and one for whom we have a great multitude of sayings recorded in the collection of the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, the Apophthegmata Patrum.

Father Poemen was one of the great voices of that strange desert in the upper Thebaid. He was one of the voices of great humility and yet…

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A Word from the Holy Fathers

A Word from the Holy Fathers
From the Bone of Adam: St. Irenaeus on the Creation of Eve

Episode date: October 12, 2009
Transcript published: May 13, 2014

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I would like today to offer a brief word from the writings of our father among the saints, Irenaeus of Lyons, a father that I mentioned in the very first of our broadcasts in this series, nearly forty episodes ago. Today I would like to look specifically at St. Irenaeus’ words, not on the fashioning of man, but particularly the fashioning of woman, and the very nature of God creating a world in which man and woman comprise the human race.

The quotation I shall read is drawn from the shorter of the two extant texts by St. Irenaeus, the text known as The Proof of the Apostolic Preaching, or, at times, The Demonstration…

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