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Convention Audio: Oratorical Festival, Bible Bowl, Addresses of Patriarch John and Metropolitan Joseph, and More!

St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cambridge, MA hosts the 52nd Antiochian Archdiocese Convention in Boston July 19 - 26, 2015. Ancient Faith Radio, in partnership with the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese and with the blessing of HIs Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, is happy to bring you recordings of the convention to help keep you informed about this important meeting of the Church.

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New AFR Podcast Highlights Antiochian Village Summer Camp

Ancient Faith Radio is pleased to announce the launch of a new podcast, featuring updates from staff, clergy, and campers of Antiochian Village Summer Camp. It Takes A Village features homilies, stories, and reports from the daily life of Summer Camp for parents and friends to experience a bit of the life-changing ministry that happens there. The first episode features His Grace Bishop Thomas sharing a homily during the first session of camp this summer. The podcast, found at www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/avillage, will continue throughout the year to encourage alumni and friends of the camp to continue in their faith journeys.

Race and Ethnicity Issues Explored on Ancient Faith Today

(Chesterton, IN) During the most recent podcast in the program "Ancient Faith Today," host Kevin Allen explored Orthodox Christian teachings on racism, ethnic separatism, and racial profiling. Kevin's guest was Fr. Michael Varlamos, Orthodox priest and historian. On the show, the two discussed why it was that His Eminence Iakovos, archbishop of North and South America for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese from 1959-1996, chose to join the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the historic 1965 march on Selma, Alabama. (Listen to the full program on Ancient Faith Radio)

"Given the recent tragedy of the nine African-American Christians who were murdered during a Bible study at an African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, as well as the rising of racial tensions across this country, I wanted to investigate what the Orthodox Church's positions and canonical teachings are, regarding racial and ethnic hatred," said Allen.

"One of the most public and heroic events in the history of the Orthodox Church in the United States," Allen continued, "was when His Eminence Iakovos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese joined Dr. King to march nonviolently in Selma, Alabama, potentially risking his own safety.

Ancient Faith Integrates All Ministries in New Design

Ancient Faith Ministries (AFM) announces the re-design of ancientfaith.com, which now features the full integration of all of its divisions: Ancient Faith Radio, Ancient Faith Publishing, Ancient Faith Blogs, and Ancient Faith Films. The new site officially launched on Monday, June 15.

The new site uses a magazine format to feature four different types of content. It will also allow users to search podcasts by "groups," "themes," "authors," "freshness," and "recent episodes." The content on the site is almost fully tagged and categorized, which makes the search function much more accurate and robust. There is also a complete authors list with bios of all contributors of podcasts, books, and blogs.

"Ancientfaith.com is no longer just the home of Ancient Faith Radio; rather, it is the home of each division of Ancient Faith Ministries, combining all of our content—print, audio, video, and retail—into one seamless, integrated, and complementary package," says Ancient Faith Ministries CEO John Maddex.

"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.)

 

Ancient Faith Interview: "One on One with Metropolitan Joseph"

On Friday, March 27, 2015, Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) released a special interview with His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, conducted by AFR President John Maddex. Recorded in His Eminence's office in Englewood, NJ, the interview included Metropolitan Joseph's assessment of his first several months as metropolitan. His Eminence also discussed with John his firm commitment to the Mother Church of Antioch, and his views on Orthodox unity.

Listen to the full interview.

New Podcast with Antiochian Priest Discusses the Church's Life Today

Ancient Faith Radio's newest podcast, The Life of the Church Today, debuted on February 16, 2015. Host Fr. Steven Ritter, priest of St. James Orthodox Church in Buford, GA, is planning to use the podcast to consider a wide range of issues that arise in the Orthodox Church: current events, theological opinions, and esoteric topics that many people ask about and which are infrequently or inadequately addressed. It is meant to further discussion and bring to light the multifaceted human face of life in the Orthodox Church today.

Father Steven is the author of the book That Your Joy May Be Full - Learning from the Authentic Orthodox Theology of the Spiritpublished by Regina Press. A veteran writer for Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, and Audiophile Audition.com, he is also a church music composer. His Buford parish, a mission of the Archdiocese, is possibly the last mission established by Metropolitan Philip of Blessed Memory, in the fall of 2013. 

AFR Interview: "Holy Egyptian Martyrs, Pray For Us"

Fr. Nabil HannaFr. Nabil HannaFebruary 18, 2015

Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) has released an interview with Fr. Nabil Hanna, rector of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Indianapolis, IN and a native of Alexandria, Egypt, regarding the recent beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians on a beach in Libya. AFR President John Maddex discusses the martyrdom of these faithful Christians with Fr. Nabil, noting the impact of the video titled "A Message Signed With Blood to the Nation of the Cross," released by the media arm of the Islamic State.

Father Nabil, recently returned from Egypt, describes in the podcast how the 21 men clearly had an opportunity to renounce their faith, yet chose death rather than do so. The interview closes with a prayer for the martyrs, their families, the perpetrators of these murders, and all of the faithful who live in the shadow of violence.

Listen to "Holy Egyptian Martyrs, Pray For Us"

New Lenten Evangelism Series, with Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick

Starting with the first Sunday of the Triodion, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick has been releasing weekly installments of a 10-part sermon series on evangelism and the Lenten Triodion. The meditations are available in audio form through his Roads from Emmaus podcast, or as posts on the blog of the same name.

Father Andrew, who serves in the Antiochian Archdiocese, says in his introduction, "For the next ten weeks, from today through Palm Sunday, we will be discussing evangelism. Each Sunday of the Triodion has a different theme to it, usually based in the Gospel reading, and all of them have something to say about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ to the world. The Gospel is like a great jewel with many facets, each sparkling with its own light, and each drawing us into the depths of the beauty of this most precious gift. So from now until Palm Sunday, we will be looking at different facets of this gem of evangelism."

The pastor of St. Paul Orthodox Church of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, Fr. Andrew is the author of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy and An Introduction to God (available at Ancient Faith Publishing). He is also the host of the Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy and Roads from Emmaus podcasts, both hosted on Ancient Faith Radio.

Read the text of the Lenten evangelism sermons, or listen to the podcast.

Antiochian Leaders Interviewed

The morning of Friday, December 5, brought media to Archdiocese headquarters for interviews, including John Maddex of Ancient Faith Radio and Fr. Christopher Metropulos of Orthodox Christian Network.

Listen here to an extensive hour-long audio interview by Ancient Faith Radio of Patriarch John X and Metropolitan Joseph, addressing a wide range of subjects including Syria, the Assembly of Bishops, Evangelism, and the future vision for the Antiochian Orthodox Church.

See our enthronement section for all information regarding the Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph and the visit of Patriarch John X.

Archpriest Thomas Zain Interviewed by Ancient Faith Radio on the Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph

Fr. Thomas Zain and Patriarch John XFr. Thomas Zain and Patriarch John XFr. Thomas Zain of Brooklyn's St. Nicholas Cathedral, and Vicar General of the Antiochian Archdiocese, reflects in a wide-ranging audio interview on the historic significance of the enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph coming on December 6; the visits of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and metropolitans and representatives from across the worldwide Antiochian Church; the process that has unfolded since the repose of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of blessed memory; specific plans for the weekend; and more.

Listen to the interview on Ancient Faith Radio.

Now Available! Ancient Faith Publishing's Christmas Catalog

Ancient Faith Publishing (formerly known as Conciliar Press) has released their 2014 Christmas Catalog. Four new designs for Christmas cards are available, as well as popular sets from previous years. A beautiful array of Orthodox Christmas ornaments are in this year's selection of holiday items as well.

One of the perennial favorites from Ancient Faith is the yearly icon calendar. This year's theme, "Icons of the Virgin Mary," features the work of contemporary American iconographers, in both Julian and New Calendar versions. The 11" X 12" full-color calendar is organized with large calendar boxes for recording important date reminders. Major saint and feast days traditionally celebrated in Orthodox countries around the world are listed.

Ancient Faith Launches Blog Portal

Chesterton, IN - Ancient Faith Ministries announces the launch of a new blog portal that gathers under one roof some of the most popular and widely read Orthodox blogs on the internet. Ancient Faith Blogs includes Fr. Stephen Freeman's Glory to God for All Things, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick's Roads from Emmaus, Abbot Tryphon's The Morning Offering, and many more. Some new blogs are also being introduced.

"Ancient Faith Blogs isn't just a host for Orthodox Christian blogs; it's a fully networked and increasingly integrated site that connects multiple forms of Orthodox media. You can follow your favorite Orthodox bloggers, podcasters, and authors all in one place, as well as discover new content. This is something unique in the online Orthodox world, and I'm honored to be a part of it," says Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick.

Ancient Faith Ministries CEO John Maddex says, "Ancient Faith Blogs represents a partnership with an elite group of contemporary thinkers in Orthodoxy, and we are very pleased to be associated with them."

AFR Live Call-in Program to Debut on September 14

August 29, 2014, Chesterton, IN

Ancient Faith Radio is pleased to announce the debut of its third live call-in program. Titled "Faith Encouraged Live with Fr. Barnabas Powell," the program will replace "Ancient Faith Today" on the second and fourth Sundays of each month beginning September 14. Kevin Allen, host of "Ancient Faith Today," retired on August 11, ending his show's two-year run.

"Faith Encouraged Live" will have a slightly different format and focus from "Ancient Faith Today." While still featuring interviews with prominent Orthodox individuals on contemporary topics, it will also contain reflections and commentary by host Fr. Barnabas Powell, as well as readings from Scripture and the Church Fathers.

New Book by Popular Antiochian Author: An Introduction to God

Antiochian Orthodox priest Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, rector of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Emmaus, PA, has released a new book with Ancient Faith Publishing titled An Introduction to God. In his book, the author of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy author and Roads From Emmaus podcaster speaks to non-believers and Christians about creating "a sacred space in which we can encounter God.

The book's description explains that Fr. Andrew's goal is to explain to a new generation what is "...the essence of the traditional Christian faith, addressing the fundamental mysteries of where God is, who God is, why we go to church, and why Christian morality matters."

In an interview with Holy Trinity Bookstore, Fr. Damick comments that as a priest, " I've met many folks who don't come to church or are perhaps not very engaged in church not because they are in rebellion against God but because they just don't see the point. Most of the time, no one ever really tried to explain it to them."

2015 Icon Calendars Available from Ancient Faith Publishing

Ancient Faith Publishing has released the 2015 version of their popular icon calendar. Featuring icons of the Virgin Mary from a variety of contemporary American iconographers, the 11" X 12" full-color calendar is also available for the first time in a Julian version.

Major saints and feast days traditionally celebrated in Orthodox countries around the world are listed in both versions of the 2015 calendar. Additionally, other feast days of some of the most popularly venerated saints of the Orthodox Churches around the world are listed in black, regular type.

Order your calendar at Ancient Faith Publishing's web store.

 

Ancient Faith Publishing Wins Book Award

Ancient Faith Publishing, the publishing arm of the Antiochian Archdiocese department Ancient Faith Ministries, announced on June 25, 2014 that their 2013 release A Patristic Treasury has won the prestigious Word Guild award for the "Inspirational/Devotional" category. Authored by patristic scholar James Payton, the book discusses patristic passages that are "devotionally stimulating, doctrinally thought-provoking, or epigrammatically striking...."  Payton is professor of History at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, where he teaches Eastern European History, Orthodoxy, and Patristics.

The Word Guild is a professional association consisting of some 325 Canadian Christian writers, editors, speakers, publishers, booksellers, librarians and other interested individuals. The Guild's focus is on "strengthening the Canadian Christian writing and publishing community; encouraging excellence in writing; and impacting the Canadian culture through the words of writers, editors and speakers with a Christian worldview."

Order A Patristic Treasury

AFR and Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Coordinate Project for Prisoners

In partnership with Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), Ancient Faith Radio is bringing back the paperback edition of the Orthodox Study Bible New Testament and Psalms. This Bible, which has been out of print for two years, is in high demand among those who prefer a more affordable Orthodox Study Bible and those who serve America's prison population, because the majority of state and federal prisons will not allow inmates to have hardback books/Bibles.

"Recently, OCPM was only able to send 231 Bibles to those in prison because we were out of stock, yet our demand was much greater" said Chaplain Patrick Tutella, Executive Director of OCPM.

AFR Special: Nine Lenten Talks by Fr. Stephen Rogers

Antiochian priest The Very Rev. Stephen Rogers, rector of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN, has offered a series of nine talks at his parish on Orthodox Spirituality. Ancient Faith Radio has posted them as an "Ancient Faith Special" for the 2014 Lenten season. In "Purification, Illumination, and Deification: Orthodox Spirituality," Fr. Stephen discusses the passions, and how the disciplines of the Church such as prayer, confession, and reading the Scriptures, can help us acquire the Holy Spirit and find deep fulfillment in Christ.

 

 

Ancient Faith Publishing Offers Books for Lenten Reading

Two books from Ancient Faith Publishing by Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou provide food for thought during the Lenten season.  In the new release Thirty Steps to Heaven: The Ladder of Divine Ascent for All Walks of Life,  Archimandrite Vassilios interprets the weighty classic, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, for the ordinary Christian, helping non-monastics to see how to apply the principles of The Ladder in everyday life. In Meditations for Great Lent, he uses hymns from the Lenten Triodion and the Scripture readings appointed for the season, to reveal how our fast can be made acceptable: to fast not only from food but from sin; to fast with love and humility, as a means to an end and not an end in itself. 

Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain. He was born in London in 1977 and holds degrees in Pastoral and Social Theology, Classics, and Byzantine Music. He is also the author of Meditations for Advent (Ancient Faith Publishing), Journey to the Kingdom: An Insider’s Look at the Liturgy and Beliefs of the Eastern Orthodox Church (Paraclete Press), and numerous articles on Christian Orthodox faith and theology.

Browse Ancient Faith Publishing's Lent & Pascha Store

AFR Interviews Metropolitan Antony about Ukraine Crisis

Chesterton, IN (AFR) On Saturday, February 22, 2014, Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) released an interview with Metropolitan Antony, primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States, about the crisis in Ukraine. In the half hour interview, AFR's Kevin Allen asked questions related to the protests in Ukraine, and discussed the political climate, the hopes for peace, and the role of the Orthodox Churches in the region.

For three months, Ukrainian protestors have occupied Kiev's Maidan, or Independence Square. They are demanding closer ties to the European Union, changes to the Ukraine's constitution, and altering of the government's power structures. There have been violent clashes between protestors and police, with hundreds of people killed in the past few weeks. Orthodox and Catholic priests have courageously ministered to both protesters and government forces in the midst of the chaos. In the podcast, Metropolitan Antony helped to unravel the complexity of the political environment, and also explained the involvement of the Orthodox church in preserving lives.

AFR Podcast Offers "Primer" on Triodion and Great Lent

In a special episode of Orthodoxy Live on Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) on January 26, 2014, host Fr. Evan Armatas, rector of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, welcomed John Maddex into the studio. Both speakers offered an overview of the Lenten Triodion and Great Lent, designed to be informative for the newly chrismated Orthodox Christian or the inquirer. Listeners learned about the history and current significance of Great Lent, and how to best prepare for it.

Orthodoxy Live regularly offers listeners an opportunity to ask pointed questions about the Orthodox Church. Perfect for seekers, converts, and cradle Orthodox Christian alike, this program provides an opportunities for people to ask the tough questions about the Orthodox faith. The program with Fr. Evan streams live, with listener call-ins from around the world, on the first and third Sundays of each month at 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific, on AFR's Talk Station.

New Podcast with Antiochian Priest Features the Inner Life

January 20, 2014

The Very Rev. Michael Gillis, rector at Holy Nativity Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia, will be offering regular spiritual reflections in his new podcast on Ancient Faith Radio (AFR), “Praying in the Rain.”  Drawing on the wisdom of both ancient and contemporary Church Fathers, Fr. Michael will ponder "the struggles, the ironies, and the disciplines of the spiritual life," notes AFR. Written versions of many of Fr. Michael’s musings can be found at his blog site as well.