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Worship in Spirit and Truth

The Apostle Reading

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In his continuing series on the Divine Liturgy, Fr. Thomas is now at the point of the Apostle reading. He comments on how, where, and by whom it is to be read.

In our continuing reflections about the Divine Liturgy as it’s served today in the Orthodox churches all around the world—it’s the same Divine Liturgy, mostly St. John Chrysostom, most of the time, but ten times a year St. Basil the Great—we are reflecting on the liturgy of the catechumens, or of the Word, which is the first part of the Divine Liturgy, that culminates in the reading from an apostolic writing—either one of the letters…

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Worship in Spirit and Truth

Women Readers in the Divine Liturgy

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After his last episode, Fr. Thomas got a thoughtful letter from a listener challenging his remarks on female readers of the Apostolic writings in the Divine Liturgy. In this episode he reads the letter and answers the concerns raised.

I received a letter from an Ancient Faith Radio listener about my podcast on the reading of the apostolic writings at the Divine Liturgy. In my podcast I mentioned that women are often doing this in many churches and that they are also chanting psalms, reading psalms, and singing. Sometimes they’re doing the chanting; sometimes they’re leading the singing as the chief…

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Ancient Faith Commentaries

Altar Girls

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Fr. Lawrence Farley examines the question of whether or not the youthful function of liturgical assistance in the altar should be extended to girls as well as boys.

Altar Girls

Most Orthodox churches of my acquaintance in North America are served by “altar boys”—that is, by boys of pre-pubescent or adolescent age, vested in a sticharion robe and helping the priest by holding a candle, fetching the censer, or otherwise assisting him in the performance of the Divine Liturgy and the other Church services. Sometimes this office is fulfilled by grown men, often of advanced age. Sometimes such men have been…

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The Second Liturgy

“If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat”

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"If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat." Have you ever heard someone use this verse (from 2 Thessalonians 3:10) as a justification to not give money or food to someone who appears to be poor and lazy? Was St. Paul writing this to those who sat around waiting for handouts? Is this verse directed to poor freeloaders? Listen to an explanation from Fr. Stephen De Young, host of The Whole Counsel of God podcast.

Mr. Timm Wenger: Hey, everyone. This is Timm. Welcome back to The Second Liturgy. As you may have noticed, Thaniel and I have been taking a bit of a break this summer. We’re busy collecting interviews with people who are encountering Christ at the table of the poor. Among other topics, we’re working on a series of practical ideas related to Matthew 25, the story of the sheep and the goats. God willing, we’ll be launching…

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Speaking the Truth

Lies and Deceit in the Old Testament

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Fr. Tom looks at the lies and deception that are replete in the Old Testament stories and how God worked with sinful human beings to accomplish His purposes.

We are reflecting now about the Old Testament particularly, part of the Bible, and particularly we’re reflecting upon what is considered to be by many, many people the surely scandalous: the parts of the Bible that are considered outrageously unacceptable, that go against all of our sense of modern morality and fairness and dignity and integrity, and even the justice of God would seem so often in the Old Testament to be unjust, to be unfair in how God is dealing…

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