Our Meeting with Archbishop Theodosios Hanna of Sebastia

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Blog
Our Meeting with Archbishop Theodosios Hanna of Sebastia

June, 2014 — During our pilgrimage to the Holy Land this summer we had the blessing to meet with Archbishop Theodosios Hanna of Sebastia of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem.  Presented below is audio from our 40 minute meeting with the Archbishop.  Bishop Theodosios Hanna is the first Arabic speaking Palestinian-born Bishop under the Jerusalem […]

Making Disciples of All Nations

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Blog
Making Disciples of All Nations

This is the second in a series of articles by Leslie Hansard, who shares her experience serving as a missionary for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. As I reflect on my second period of time spent in Moldova (2013), I am reminded of how wonderful it feels to belong. Throughout those two weeks, I was greeted with hugs […]

The Earliest Known Prayer to the Theotokos

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Blog
The Earliest Known Prayer to the Theotokos

The earliest known prayer to the Theotokos (Greek, Θεοτοκος, meaning “Bearer of God”) is a prayer found on a fragment of papyrus dating back to approximately AD 250. In 1917, the John Rylands Library (1) in Manchester, England, acquired a large panel of Egyptian papyrus. The prayer is located on the fragment recorded as reference number […]

The Voices of Women In The Church: Kassiani the Hymnographer

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Blog
The Voices of Women In The Church: Kassiani the Hymnographer

Oftentimes, the voices of women go unnoticed or unheard. In a positive sense, their voices join together in a communal unison which vocalizes Holy Wisdom in a soft undercurrent, flowing within and without humble families. Not bombastically obvious, but subtly effective. In a negative sense, chauvinism suffocates what murmurs women have left, leaving vessels of […]

Archangel Michael & the Miracle at Colossae

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in Blog
Archangel Michael & the Miracle at Colossae

The Archangel Michael, chief commander of the bodiless powers, is a powerful defender of the Faith and an intercessor for humanity according to Holy Scripture and Tradition. He is one of the seven holy angels “who report the prayers of the saints and who enter before the glory of the Holy One.” (Tobit 12: 15) […]

Faith in God’s Will: Zacharias & Elizabeth

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Blog
Faith in God’s Will:  Zacharias & Elizabeth

As a young child, I read a picture Bible given to me as a way to learn the stories and the lives of the saints.

God’s Good Work in You

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Blog
God’s Good Work in You

Leslie Hansard shares her experience servicing as a missionary for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center serving in Moldova.

Liturgical Music as Medicine

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Blog
Liturgical Music as Medicine

In class today, after listening to Bach’s 2-3 hour “Matthäus-Passion”, the topic of “church music” and its various implications, categorizations, and applications became the center of discussion. This, of course, can become a heated topic in the context of both Eastern and Western Christianity.  From old southern spirituals to the youth pastor’s jazzy rendition of […]

Abba Moses the Black of Scete

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog
Abba Moses the Black of Scete

“Why do you increase your bonds? Take hold of your life before your light grows dark and you seek help and do not find it. This life has been given to you for repentance; do not waste it in vain pursuits.” — St. Isaac the Syrian In mid-forth century Alexandria, Egypt, there lived a powerhouse […]

The Cave of the Revelation on the Island of Patmos

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Blog
The Cave of the Revelation on the Island of Patmos

By Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Ph.D. Originally printed Oct. 9, 2011. It was an adventure to get to the island of Patmos in Greece, but the beauty of the place made me quickly forget the travail. As we disembarked from the Flying Dolphin, the super-fast boat that ferried us across the Dodecanese islands, I could not get […]

Holy Icons: Finding the Balance between Matter and Spirit

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Blog
Holy Icons: Finding the Balance between Matter and Spirit

Icons. Immediately, you think of more than one definition — sometimes you think of an image which is familiar to you, or the little pictures on your computer screen and perhaps even the two-dimensional saints in history textbooks. Taking the first definition, we can say that icons are all around us: the likeness of a celebrity […]

Samuel the Prophet and Seer

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Blog
Samuel the Prophet and Seer

Today we commemorate Samuel the Prophet and Seer, the one who was a gift from God in response to Hannah’s prayers, tears, and pain of heart.  In her gratitude, Hannah offered her son back to the Lord.  At the age of twelve, Samuel heard the voice of the Lord calling him to service and, at […]