Come Receive the Light
Continuing our journey in the Gospels this week, Dr. George Parsenios is back to talk about the book of Matthew, which focuses largely on issues of Jewish law. But first, when should we start teaching our kids about the Bible? Fr. John Peck gives practical examples on making scriptural learning fun for the whole family.
During Lent, many of us grow closer to Christ, His Church and to one another, but that progress is quickly lost as we return to our “real lives.” Let Fr. Steven Ritter offer you some suggestions and encouragement on how to continue walking towards our Risen Lord. Plus, this week we start our exploration of Christ in the 4 Gospels with Dr. George Parsenios, beginning with the Gospel of Mark! Click here to listen to the first interview with Dr. Parsenios on the similarities and differences within the 4 Gospels.
St. Grergory the Theologian said that "Matthew wrote the miracles of Christ for the Hebrews, Mark for Italy, Luke for Greece; John, the great herald who walked in the heavens, for all." Prof. George Parsenios joins us for the first installment of a 5 part series on Christ in the Gospels. But first, Fr. Oliver Herbel looks at change in Orthodox services, and warns against grabbing on to something that is ancient and old simply because it is ancient and old.
Many of us know the parable of the Prodigal Son, but today we’ll hear from a prodigal daughter! Award-winning author Myrna Kostash recounts her journey back to the church of her childhood. Plus, as we prepare ourselves for Holy Friday’s services commemorating Christ’s death and entombment, we’ll ask Fr. Timothy Chrapko what our Lord did during the time between His death and resurrection.
A priest is persecuted decades ago and his family keeps the message alive. Join Fr. Chris and Claire Brandenburgh as they discuss the release of a new CD dedicated to the memory of a modern day saint - Fr. Sergius of Kasimov. Plus, is honesty always the best policy? Prof. Telly Papanikolaou connects our willingness to acknowledge the truth of ourselves with our ability to encounter God.
We ask the question, “What do we do when we’ve sinned?” Fr. Brendan Pelphrey looks at scriptural examples of dealing with sin, and the importance of seeking the Holy Spirit with tears. But first, some practical advice for parents of young children on how to survive Holy Week from OCN blogger Sylvia Leontaritis.
Orphaned at just nine years old, John Papov began his journey to Sainthood. Fr. John Dunlop of St. Herman Seminary in Kodiak Alaska tells us about the amazing life and work of the beloved Saint Innocent of Alaska. Plus, Fr. Ubertino describes experiencing liturgy, theology and practical service at the Lived Theology School in Toronto, which specializes in training people for city missions. But first, we have an update on Japan with Fr. Demitrios Tanaka, Director of External Church Relations, Metropolitan Council Holy Autonomous Orthodox Church in Japan.
What is IOCC doing to help in Japan right now? Emergency Response Coordinator Jamie Helfer gives us the latest on the situation on the ground, what help is being offered and what to expect in the upcoming weeks and months. Next, Fr. Chris will share a word of condolences on the passing of Metropolitan Nicholas who was one of the Hierarchs who voted for OCN to become an agency of SCOBA and now working within the context of the Assembly of Bishops. Finally, there's a direct correlation between the degree of marital intimacy and the amount of consistent, equal effort by both partners, argues Kh. Maggie Hock. She helps us look at our assumptions about marriage and the challenges they often lead to.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children that is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Seraphima Butler, Catechesis Coordinator for St. Athanasius Orthodox Church in Goleta, CA, is here to tell us more. Also with us is Fr. Demetri Tonias of Holy Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown, MA, to help us all gear up for Great and Holy Lent.
In the Old Testament account of the three youths in the furnace we see some of the first examples of those who were willing to die for the Lord, as well as a God who descends to deliver his people. Friend-of-the-show Dc. Irenaios Anderson is back to talk about our Orthodox interpretation of this important story. The Good Samaritan is one of Christ’s most famous parables, but how much have we reflected on it? Dr. Bruce Beck of the Pappas Patristics Institute explores the historical context and interpretations of the Holy Fathers.