Friday, July 29, 2011

Sacraments in the Church Podcast

Learn about the sacraments in this informative podcast. You can earn a credit  for listening to this podcast. Simply fill out the podcast worksheet and return it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

From "Come Receive the Light" on OCN:
Sacraments are not ways we encounter God, but rather a means of living out “The Way” says Rev. Dr. Peter Galadza of the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University and a priest at the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. We’ll also hear from Dr. Steven Muse about his new book entitled When Hearts Become Flame, which explores the intersection of modern counselling and ancient Orthodox teachings. Click here to buy Dr. Muse's new book from Amazon. Listen now.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Breaking News: St Philip the Apostle's Tomb

St Philip shares the Gospel with the Ethiopian

A tomb believed to be that of St. Philip the Apostle was unearthed during excavations in the ancient Turkish city of Hierapolis.

Italian professor Francesco D'Andria said archeologists found the tomb of the biblical figure -- one of the 12 original disciples of Jesus -- while working on the ruins of a newly-unearthed church, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported Wednesday.

The structure of the tomb and the writings on the wall proved it belonged to St. Philip, he added.

The professor said the archaeologists worked for years to find the tomb and he expected it to become an important Christian pilgrimage destination.

St. Philip, recognized as one of Christianity's martyrs, is thought to have died in Hierapolis, in the southwest province of Denizli, in around 80AD. It is believed he was crucified upside down or beheaded.

Follow your news for developments as archaeologists open the tomb.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Learning About the Church Podcasts

Here are some informative podcasts about our Church and our Liturgy. You can earn a credit or two for listening to each podcast. Simply fill out the podcast worksheet and return it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

On Theologically Thinking, we will hear the Words originally written by Fr. Stanley Harakas, for the Nation Herald’s The “Whats and Whys” of our Church. This week we take a closer look at "The Secret Prayers of the Liturgy." Listen now.

On OCN's Worship in Spirit and Truth, join Dr. Demetrios Katos, as he explores the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and helps you more fully appreciate what's going on in Church on Sunday morning. Listen now.

And on Come Receive the Light: Why do we need sermons in addition to our services? Fr. Alexander Goussetis offers his argument about the role of the sermon in the Church, both historically and in modern times. Click here to order Fr. Goussetis' new book, Seed for the Sower: Preaching Matters from the Holy Cross Bookstore. We’ll also be joined by Fr. Timothy Chrapko of St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Alberta, Canada, as he talks about his personal memories of being ordained, along with explaining the main sections of this sacrament. Listen now.

Monday, July 4, 2011

New Book: The Sign of the Cross, by Andreas Andreopoulos

From Regina Orthodox Press comes a new volume exploring the sign of the cross and what this daily sign of our faith means and where it came from.

Read what others are saying about this new book:

"This book is a little masterpiece: it informs and it explores, it recounts history and it provokes a religious quest. It is a personal book, yet it explores the great questions of theology; it is full of learning, but not ponderous; it is written from the perspective of faith, but is not off-putting to the inquirer."
-Thomas O’Loughlin, Professor of Historical Theology
University of Wales Lampeter

"Andreopoulos explains the gesture and meaning and history of why Christianity has needed symbols and signs through the ages. Throughout, his writing is as inspiriting as a restorative benediction."
-ALA Booklist

"The Christian of today grows quickly from the innocent child into adulthood and demands understanding of any simple behavior. ‘Why to sign with the crossing? Where did this practice begin? When and how?’ Andreas Andreopoulos, with his book, helps to answer these questions…. [H]e immerses us into the illuminating obscurity of the Holy Tradition."
-Protopresbyter Kyrillos Leret-Aldir, Orthodox Christian Comment

About the Author

Andreas Andreopoulos is recognized throughout the world as one of the most eloquent young scholars of Christianity. He earned his Ph.D. in theology at the University of Durham and has taught in Toronto, Montreal and Philadelphia. He is currently Lecturer of Christian Theology at the University of Wales.

Order the book from Regina or from Amazon

Earn credits. You can earn 2 credits by reading this book. Simply read the book, fill in the general worksheet for books, and return the worksheet to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com!

Final Read Along Lessons

Our Read-Along in the book "Universal Truth" is at an end. The last lessons, 8, 9, and the summary, are now posted to the Read-Along tab for your convenience. Join us this fall for another Read-Along in Orthodox Christianity. Stay tuned to this blog for more on that later this summer!