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The Antiochian Archdiocese places a high priority on outreach and communication through a variety of mediums. This is particularly demonstrated by Ancient Faith Ministries, which encompasses both Ancient Faith Publishing and Ancient Faith Radio, an online streaming radio station. Ancient Faith Publishing, formerly Conciliar Press, has been a witness of Orthodox Christianity in the English-speaking world for over thirty years. Ancient Faith Radio broadcasts both Orthodox music and talk in two separate streams twenty-four hours a day.

"Ancient Faith Presents" Interview with Samer Laham: Conflict and Relief in Syria

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On May 14, 2015, Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) President John Maddex interviewed Mr. Samer Laham, Director of Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development (DERD) for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch in Syria. The Department is a nonprofit organization belonging to and operating from the Patriarchate, located in the old city of Damascus. Mr. Laham was visiting the headquarters of the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in Baltimore, MD, and during his visit sat down with Maddex to share his up-to-date account of the dire situation inside his homeland. 

"About 10.8 million people are in need of assistance" due to the civil war conditions in Syria, noted Maddex in his introduction. Additionally, due to the many consequences of the protracted war, "the whole population is really under hard conditions," explained Mr. Laham. Yet those who are working in relief efforts, he continued, persevere with faith, hope, and prayer. "We are the second largest organization on the ground...our vision in the future is to continue our work."

Reaching Our Young Adults: Fr. Joseph Purpura Interviewed on Ancient Faith Radio

May 1, 2015

On his Ancient Faith Radio podcast, "Becoming a Healing Presence," host Dr. Albert Rossi recently interviewed Fr. Joseph Purpura, the Archdiocese's chairman of the Department of Youth and Parish Ministries. The podcast, titled "Reaching Our Young Adults," discusses how to best communicate with and serve the Church's teens and young people.  

"In the Antiochian Archdiocese, we are serious about raising up a generation of disciples and leaders. Our goal in everything we do, is to move our young people closer and closer to Christ. It's always a joy to work with young people; the questions that they have are very deep and serious questions." 

He added, "My experience over the past 34 years of doing youth work, is that young people want to do what's right. We see our young people doing really beautiful things, in the name of Jesus Christ....I can't tell you the power, when an adult ask one of our kids to help. They need to know there is a purpose for them there (in the Church)."

Listen to the full podcast.

Ancient Faith Publishing Releases Paschal Meditations

Meditations for Pascha, ebook versionMeditations for Pascha, ebook versionAncient Faith Publishing recently released a new title to coincide with the joyful liturgical season which follows Pascha. Meditations for Pascha: Reflections of the Pentecostarionby noted author Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou, offers a series of thoughtful essays about the meaning of the "overlooked hymnbook" of the Orthodox Christian Church, the Pentecostarion. 

"Far from being merely a 'vacation from fasting,'" notes the publisher, "the Pascha season is a time that, properly understood, can greatly enrich our faith. During the Pascha season, we celebrate and rejoice in our Lord's Resurrection and we prepare for the great feast of the Holy Spirit descending upon us."

Archimandrite Vassilios is the author of several other books with Ancient Faith Publishing: Meditations for Great LentMeditations for Advent, Meditations for Holy Week, and Thirty Steps to Heaven. Meditations for Pascha is also available in four ebook formats. (Find more of Ancient Faith's ebooks here.)


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