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Ancient Faith Presents

Life in a Monastery

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Interview with Mother Gabriella at Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI.

Monasticism: a strange and distant life for most of us, but for the called, a life of prayer, chastity, poverty, all for the glory of God. Ancient Faith Radio takes you to Rives Junction, Michigan, situated between Lansing and Jackson, in an isolated and tranquil section of the country. The Dormition of the Mother of God, or Holy Dormition, Monastery, is the home to eight nuns; plus two young novices; an aging and remarkable hieromonk, Fr. Roman Braga; a newly…

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Praying in the Rain

St. Isaac, Dickens, and Eating Away Gehenna

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It is difficult for some of us who were raised on a theology of substitutionary atonement, those of us Protestant converts to holy Orthodoxy, it is difficult for us to accept that our final judgement will involve anything more than the forgiveness of sins. But the Church teaches us otherwise. Parables such as the Rich Man and Lazarus, and the Separation of the Sheep and the Goats play a huge role in the hymnology of the Orthodox Church and in its understanding of what our judgement before God will look like. That is, judgement before God is not merely about forgiveness of sin. But rather, the judgement of the Age to Come is also about comfort and torment; or as Christ puts it in the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Father Abraham speaking to the Rich Man who is in torment), “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.”

Hello. This is Fr. Michael Gillis, and we’re Praying in the Rain. My podcast today is called “St. Isaac, Deacons, and Eating Away at Gehenna.” I’m always happy when I can throw in some 19th century British literature. It’s kind of one of the hobbies I enjoy indulging in. So let’s get started.

It’s difficult for some of us who were raised on a theology of substitutionary atonement, those of us Protestant converts…

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Ancient Faith Commentaries

Fifty Shades of Grey

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Fr. John Parker, Chair of the Department of Evangelization of the Orthodox Church in America, encourages us to replace any impulse we might have to either see Fifty Shades of Grey or read the book with charitable acts done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

This is Fr. John Parker, the chair of the Department of Evangelization of the Orthodox Church in America. Fifty Shades of Grey, according to the plot summary which I read—I did not read the book, nor will I see the movie—is about a girl named Resurrection, whose best friend is named for one of the most beautiful and intelligent virgin martyrs in Christian history, St. Catherine the Great of Alexandria, and a sick and depraved male—we cannot…

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A Voice From The Isles

Become a Witness for Christ

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Fr. Emmanuel Kahn gives the sermon on the Feast of All Saints and encourages us to follow the example of the great "Cloud of Witnesses."

Today is the Feast of All Saints. The dictionary definition of a saint is helpful: “A saint is a person whose profound holiness is formally recognized after death by a Christian Church, and who is declared worthy of everlasting praise.” The word “saint” comes from the Latin word sanctus meaning “holy.” But what does it mean for a person to be holy—to be linked to God and the life that God intends for that person? Why should we today be interested in…

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Speaking the Truth

The Necessity of the Trinity

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In this very helpful theological discourse, Fr. Thomas Hopko states that the trinitarian understanding of God is absolutely essential to the Christian faith.

As listeners to Ancient Faith Radio know, it is a conviction of the Orthodox Church — a conviction that existed from the very beginning of the Gospel, the very beginning of the Christian faith, and even prefigured before the beginning of the Christian faith with the coming of Christ to the world — about the fact that we have this conviction that the Godhead — divinity, divine reality — in order to be what it is and what the Godhead…

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