Reflection from Fr. Thomas Hopko, of blessed memory, courtesy of Ancient Faith Ministries. Episode Description: As we are in the beginning days of the Nativity fast, Fr. Tom takes us on a journey from the Presentation of Mary in the Temple to Theophany. Fr. Tom references a couple of resources: The Winter Pascha by Fr. Thomas … Read more
The Nativity Fast begins November 15. By asking us to enter into a fast of preparation for the Nativity of Christ, the tradition of the Church points us toward the profundity of the Incarnation, asking us to create an open space within ourselves, ready to receive the gift of His coming anew. Following are the … Read more
Imagine missing school because you don’t have a backpack or proper supplies. For many children experiencing homelessness and poverty in America, they don’t need to imagine. They are forced to skip school, or are at great risk of doing poorly because of inadequate supplies. This year we again team-up with FOCUS North America to provide … Read more
We have a new bishop! After eight decades of “love, humility and sunshine” in service to the Antiochian Orthodox Church, our dear Bishop ANTOUN has retired from active ministry. Metropolitan JOSEPH has announced that His Grace NICHOLAS will now serve us as Bishop of Miami and the Southeast. Please remember our new bishop in your prayers. Biography … Read more
From the School of Ecclesiastic Music (SEM) in the Orthodox Archdiocese of Mount Lebanon, a selection of Paschal (Easter) chants in Arabic, including the Paschal Troparion: “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!”
The video begins with the dialogue at the doors of the church, characteristic of the Rush Service of Pascha:
Priest: Lift up your gates, O you princes; and be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory shall enter in!
A response comes from inside:
Voice: Who is the King of glory?
Priest: The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in war!