March 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Paradise and Utopia

New Podcast - Paradise and Utopia

Fr. John Strickland, a professor of history at Saint Katherine Orthodox College, examines civilization’s orientation toward the kingdom of heaven when traditional Christianity was influential, and its “disorientation” toward the fallen world in the wake of traditional Christianity’s decline in the west following the Great Schism.

Ancient Faith Presents

IOCC in the Holy Lands

Sam Dunlap, the Country Director for Jerusalem for International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), tells us about some of the humanitarian issues and needs in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ancient Faith Presents

My Soul, My Soul—Arise!

On a new "Ancient Faith Presents," Bobby Maddex interviews the conductor Peter Jermihov about a concert of Orthodox Lenten and Marian hymns that will be performed by the St. Romanos Choir at Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Des Plaines, Illinois, on April 7, 2013. The concert is titled "My Soul, My Soul—Arise! Why Art Thou Sleeping?"

The Opinionated Tailor

What’s Wrong with Venice?

On a recent research trip overseas, Kh. Krista West, an ecclesiastical tailor and the host of the podcast "The Opinionated Tailor," visited San Marcos in Venice, Italy, a church adorned with looted Byzantine art and iconography. In doing so, she was really hit by the magnitude of the loss of Constantinople, which prompted this reflection on beauty and the sublime.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Speaking the Truth in Love

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

After a season of elections, an inauguration, the State of the Union address, as well as social and political unrest, Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, explores an ancient Christian perspective on the rights identified in the Declaration of Independence.

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Annunciation

The Annunciation and The Magnificat

In a two-part talk on the Feast of the Annunciation, which we celebrate this week, Fr. Thomas Hopko explores the words of the Magnificat. Part one can be heard below. Part two can be accessed by clicking on the icon to the left.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

AF Today

Papacy, Primacy, and Orthodoxy

Fr Laurent Cleenewercke discusses with host Kevin Allen papacy, primacy, and church as they are differently understood in both Catholicism and Orthodoxy.

The Sunday of Orthodoxy

As we celebrate the Triumph of Orthodoxy and the victory over iconoclasm, Fr. Tom Hopko gives a personal reflection on icons and their use and misuse.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

AF Commentaries

The Pope and the Patriarch

Fr. Peter Michael Preble, host of the AFR podcast Shepherd of Souls and priest at St. Michael's Romanian Orthodox Church in Southbridge, MA, makes some observations about the recent meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Voices from St. Vladimir's Seminary

Mary, Mysteries, and Mission

At the annual Lenten Retreat for SVOTS Seminarians, Fr. Chad Hatfield, the Chancellor of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, discusses three assured paths to spiritual renewal as we participate in the Great Fast: Mary and the Incarnation, the Mysteries of Baptism and the Eucharist, and our vocation to Mission. This is part one of four forthcoming presentations.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Orthodox on Purpose

Orthodox on Purpose

From March 1-3, 2013, Holy Cross-Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Birmingham, Alabama, hosted a retreat titled “An Invitation to Be Orthodox on Purpose.” The retreat was led by Fr. Evan Armatas and was designed to invite and encourage Orthodox Christians to choose to live their faith on purpose. Listen to the first lecture here.

Fr. Tom Hopko

The Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts

Did you ever wonder about the history and practice of the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy? In a 2-part episode of Speaking the Truth in Love, Fr. Tom Hopko talks about the theology surrounding this service as well as the aberrant practices from the past that have since been largely corrected. Part 1 is below and part 2 can be accessed by clicking on the image to the left.

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