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All Saints Homilies

Return to Barbarism (Acts 16:16-34)

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Christ is risen! [Indeed he is risen!] Al-Masīḥ qām! [Ḥaqqan qām!] Christos anesti! [Alithos anesti!] Khristos voskrese! [Voistinu voskrese!] Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!] Resurrexit Christus! [Vere resurrexit!]

The story of the conversion of the jailer, Paul and Silas singing…

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All Saints Homilies

Mark Grows Up (Acts 15:36-40)

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Those familiar with the history of the Church, my beloved in Christ, are aware that we Antiochian Christians have had our disagreements from time to time. In fact, it’s one of our strong points; sad to say, one of our weaknesses. For when we are weak, then we are strong. At least, that’s the way I would rationalize it. But the Antiochians, from the very beginning, have been notoriously…

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No Other Foundation

A Presence Not Theirs

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A presence that was not theirs.

The year is 1868; the place, Damascus. A self-taught mystic calling himself Abd el Matar left his wife, family, and home to found a group of disciples in Damascus, the Shazlis, basing it on a Sufi brotherhood established in the Middle Ages. About 40 or so people gathered about him to pray and seek God. In the words of Isabel Burton, wife of Sir Richard Francis Burton, the consul of Damascus at the time, these Syrian peasants…

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Ex Libris

Parenting Toward the Kingdom

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Bobby Maddex interviews Dr. Philip Mamalakis, the author of the new AFP book Parenting Toward the Kingdom: Orthodox Christian Principles of Child-Rearing.

Mr. Bobby Maddex: Welcome to Ex Libris, the podcast of Ancient Faith Publishing. I’m your host, Bobby Maddex, and today I’ll be speaking with Dr. Philip Mamalakis. He is the author of the new AFP book, Parenting Toward the Kingdom: Orthodox Christian Principles of Child-rearing. Welcome to the program, Dr. Mamalakis.

Dr. Philip Mamalakis:…

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Worship in Spirit and Truth

Clergy and Laity - Additional Reflections

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Fr. Tom takes some additional time to teach on the meaning and roles of the clergy and laity when it comes to Worshipping in Spirit and in Truth.

As we reflect on and comment on the Divine Liturgy in the Orthodox Church, we reflected last time about clergy and laity, and we said that in some sense the entire Church is clergy and the entire Church is laity, or perhaps we could put it the other way around: the entire Church is laity in the sense that we are all laos—laos is where you get the term “laity”—that we all belong to the people of God: bishops, presbyters, deacons,…

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