November 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Black Friday

Black Friday and the Desires of the Heart

Each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, shoppers and stores gear up for the busiest day of the shopping year. Fr. John Oliver reflects on what drives the passion for that day and how it relates to our quest for peace.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ancient Faith Commentaries

After the Election

Fr. Philip LeMasters, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Religion at McMurry University, argues that the primary political action of Orthodox Christians is not found in voting, carrying signs, spouting slogans, or putting bumper stickers on cars. Rather, our most fundamental political witness is to participate in the Divine Liturgy.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Conciliar Press

Free Shipping from Conciliar Press

This just announced: When you spend $50 or more over at our sister organization, Conciliar Press, your shipping will be free! There may be no better time to pick up all of Conciliar's new releases, including Celebrating the Twelves Days of Christmas, The Scent of Holiness, Special Agents of Christ, and The Littlest Altar Boy—plus calendars, Christmas cards, icons, Bibles, and more!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Speaking the Truth

Evangelical Dialogue

Fr. Thomas Hopko responds to an email from an evangelical listener who wrote in response to a podcast where Fr. Tom reflected on his visit to Wheaton College. He stresses the importance of careful and thoughtful dialogue.

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Angels: Our Heavenly Guides and Guardians

Guest: Joel Miller, author of the recently published Lifted by Angels: The Presence and Power of Our Heavenly Guides and Guardians, discusses the reality and role of angels within the Christian salvation context.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Food, Faith, and Fasting

Fasting Alone

What do you do when you are the only one in your home who is fasting? You have become Orthodox and your spouse has not, or you live with people who simply do not fast. What are some strategies for you to keep the fast? On a new "Food, Faith, and Fasting," Rita Madden offers some suggestions.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Ex Libris

The Scent of Holiness

On a new episode of "Ex Libris," the podcast of Conciliar Press, Bobby Maddex interviews Constantina R. Palmer, the author of the new Conciliar Press book The Scent of Holiness: Lessons from a Women's Monastery.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Orthodoxy Live

“Orthodoxy Live” Debut!!

Fr. Evan Armatas hosted his inaugural call-in show and took questions on a variety of topics, including "works versus faith," the alledged anti-semitism of St. John Chrysostom, why we use leavened bread in the Eucharist, and many others.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Glory to God

40 Days Before Christmas - Why We Fast

From the Glory to God archives, Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the very heart of fasting - not the foods - not the 'how to's' - but why we fast. A helpful reminder as we begin the journey to Bethlehem.

Friday, November 16, 2012


Advent - Bridging the Chasm to the Divine

As we begin the Advent Fast, Fr. John Oliver reflects on the chasm that divides us from the Divine and the uniqueness of Christianity in bridging that gap.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Word from the Holy Fathers

Do You Truly Believe in the Resurrection of Christ?

In this week's episode of "A Word from the Holy Fathers," Archimandrite Irenei examines a text by St. Cyril of Jerusalem, which prompts the Christian to ask the question, "Do I truly believe in Christ’s resurrection?" If so, how does this belief shape the actual decisions and determinations of our lives?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ancient Faith Presents

The Rebirth of the Music Program at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

Dr. Nicholas Reeves, an assistant professor of liturgical music at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, and Dr. Peter Bouteneff, an associate professor of systematic theology at the school, talk about a number of exciting developments at St. Vlad's with regard to music, including what's called the Arvo Pärt Project.

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