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Fr. Thomas Hopko Lectures

The Ascension of Christ - Part 2

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I’d like to introduce this afternoon the implication and implications of what we were saying this morning about the conviction about the crucified Christ being raised and glorified and in the kingdom already, in the glory of God the Father already, who has given to us, as he ascends into heaven, the Holy Spirit, his own Spirit, breathed upon us so that we could live and have the power and the grace by faith to live in communion with him and his glory while we’re…

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Fr. Thomas Hopko Lectures

The Word of the Cross - Part 4

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Very Rev. Fr. Thomas Hopko: There can be in my heart on the square yard of turf that I’m standing on, I can make that paradise if I want to, and no one can stop me from doing that. Nobody can stop that if I want it, but it leads to the next point. If you really want it and take responsibility, you must also come to the deepest conclusion in your gut that you can’t do it. In the 12-Step program, that would mean the first step: “I…

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Fr. Thomas Hopko Lectures

The Word of the Cross - Part 3

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What I’d like to do now would be to make some very specific points about taking up the cross, what seems to be really involved in it, if it’s going to work, so that we would come to know for ourselves the love of God and be able ourselves to have insight into the mystery of Christ and the cross, through which we believe our life is fulfilled.

Now, in our own personal lives, every one of us, the crosses… If we spoke about what are the crosses…

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Fr. Thomas Hopko Lectures

Loving God with All Your Strength: Performing Deeds of Mercy

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Nicholas Chakos: I have always wished for the day that I could stand in front of a crowd and say that I’m going to introduce a man that needs no introduction. Again, I am in that enviable position. I am here to introduce a man that truly needs no introduction. I’m sure that you all know that Fr. Thomas Hopko is the Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, and he’s the author of too many books to count and articles,…

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OCAMPR 2017 - Resiliency: Body, Mind and Spirit

Medical Perspective: Dn. Euthym Kontaxis

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Dr. Dn. Euthym Kontaxis: In the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Good morning, everyone! [Good morning.] Well, that was an overwhelming introduction, unwarranted. Your Eminence, God bless you, thank you, pray for me. Honorable clergy, fellow presenters, brothers and sisters in Christ, Dr. Stephen Muse, Presvytera Renée Ritsi, who was at that same trip to Uganda with us; and of course Philip and Georgia: You know, when I first heard…

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Fr. Liviu Barbu Lectures

Unity in Fellowship and Love: A Sermon on the Sunday of Orthodoxy

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Your Graces, fellow Fathers and Mothers, beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, we celebrate today the triumph of the true faith over the heresy of iconoclasm and all wrong teachings that befell Christianity: victory proclaimed in Byzantium in the year of 845, Christian Era. Before that, there had been seven ecumenical councils and many local ones, organized through the care of the Church and of the…

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OCAMPR 2017 - Resiliency: Body, Mind and Spirit

Lazarus is Dying - Again: Reflections on Consubstantiality and Spiritual Resilience

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Rev. Dr. Dn. Stephen Muse: [Applause] Thanks. Thank you, Brenda. This is probably, I don’t know—I got involved with OCAMPR, I guess, in ‘92 or ‘93, and from the vantage point here, a couple of decades later, it’s both inspiring and it’s very humbling and refreshing to hear all of the different perspectives which are kind of like a symphony, [in] that there’s an ison that somehow unites all of us,…

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St. Vladimir’s Seminary Summer Conference 2009

Bishop Basil of Amphipolis, Exarchate of Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe

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Rev. Fr. John Erickson: I believe we’ve, for the most part, taken our places. It’s for me a great pleasure to introduce Bishop Basil (Osborne), our first speaker this morning. His life could serve as a case study. The issues in Orthodoxy in the 20th century – early 21st century. There are some surprises. I had not realized until doing a little homework that you were born in Alexandria, Egypt. But he grew up in the United States,…

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2017 Assembly of the Diocese of the South of the Orthodox Church in America

The Future of Orthodoxy in the Postmodern World: Welcome to the Catacombs

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Fr. Stephen Freeman:For many Orthodox, Clark Carlton is best known for his Faith series. That first book, The Faith, has an introduction by Archbishop Dmitri. In that, he said, “Every part of the book is expressed in a lively and absorbing manner. In my mind, one of its most important features is the way in which the author makes the presentation of each doctrine or dogma a call to life in Christ.” In the 1970s, when…

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Reflections on Children and Prayer

Guiding our Children to Pray

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Hello again. This is Dr. Daniel G. Opperwall of the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College in Toronto. Welcome to Part III of a three-part podcast mini-series on children and prayer. In the first two installments, we’ve thought a little bit about what prayer is for Orthodox Christians, and what children and parents are and their relationship to a life of faith. In this final installment, I want to put the pieces together and think a little bit about…

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