CHRIST IS RISEN!!

We don’t have a dead leader of our faith, but one who is alive and more than that is Life itself. Christ gives us life; life abundant; everlasting life…

24 SIGNS OF PRIDE, AND HOW TO ACQUIRE HUMILITY

Guided by St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, we present some signs of Pride to reflect upon, in order to help us eradicate it from our heart, and thus acquire humility.

THE ICON: ITS IMPORTANCE TO ORTHODOXY

Fr. Athanasios Mitilinaios explains how the “icon issue” is the most important issue in Orthodoxy, how icons are miracle-working, and how life is an icon.

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BISHOPS AND THEIR PARAPHERNALIA

In this excerpt from “The Heavenly Banquet”, Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis says bishops should shed their vain paraphernalia, and that the laity would welcome it.

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THE SELF-KNOWLEDGE OF THE PUBLICAN

There is no self-knowledge without humility, says Fr. Athanasios Mitilinaios. In this homily he explains what self-knowledge is and shows what its fruit is.

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Newtown: Seeking Answers

Why do we blame our heavenly Father for the evils of the world? There is an answer to the “why”, but the answer only applies to believing Christians.

Western “Crusaders” against Orthodox Russia

Protopresbyter Theodore Zisis links the sack of Byzantium to today’s “new Crusaders” of NATO who seek to divide and conquer Orthodox lands and peoples.

The “Inaudible prayers” should be read out loud

What sense does it make for the laity to say “Amen” to prayers not heard? This article is taken from The Heavenly Banquet: Understanding the Divine Liturgy.

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Let’s make the “churching prayers” non-offensive

Many faithful might consider the prayers for the mother in the churching service offensive. It’s time we revisit our prayer books and make some changes.

February 1, 2024 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
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BELOVED ORTHODOXY

AUDIO: Beloved Orthodoxy is a “pledge of allegiance” to the Orthodox Faith by Monk Joseph Vriennios, set to music by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis.

January 27, 2024 by Orthodox Witness
Audio, For kids, Music

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Ode of Peace

AUDIO: Looking for Orthodox songs for kids? “Ode of Peace” was composed by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis at Antiochian Village for the campers in 1991.

January 27, 2024 by Orthodox Witness
Audio, For kids, Music, Video

Grant Rest to Your Departed Servant

Why do we pray for the departed? What does “grant rest” mean? How is our prayer related to the Second Coming? by Rev. Protopresbyter Lawrence Barriger

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