Dept. of Ancient Faith Ministries News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) recently introduced several new podcasts. A Spanish-language podcast features homilies by Fr. Nicholas Andruchow, the priest of the only Orthodox orphanage in North America. Every Sunday Fr. Nicholas offers the homily at the St. Innocent Orphanage for boys. This is the opportunity to reflect on the Gospel from the point of view of Orthodox Christianity in Latin America," notes the AFR Website about Hasta la Gloria. "Through God’s grace this will help you ascend to the heavens."
Another new podcast was launched in cooperation with Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF). Titled Sowing Seeds: Building Orthodox Campus Ministry, the episodes promise to help listeners "learn about the leadership, vision, and direction of the OCF with Executive Director Jennifer Nahas and AFR host John Maddex."
Ancient Faith Radio's live call-in show Ancient Faith Today with Kevin Allen covered the critical subject of "Addiction, Recovery, and Orthodox Christianity" on Sunday, November 24 at 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific.
Addictions and struggles with the passions are rampant in our culture. In this two-hour special, Kevin and his guests discussed addiction and ways to overcome it. Joining Kevin were Fr. George Aquaro, priest at St. Matthew Antiochian Orthodox Church, Torrance, CA, an international speaker on the topic of addictions, and the author of the blog Orthodoxy and Recovery, and Dr. Albert Rossi, a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York, a teacher in pastoral theology at St. Vladimir's Seminary, an author, and the host of "Becoming a Healing Presence" on Ancient Faith Radio.
The program streamed live on Ancient Faith Radio's talk station on November 24, and can be heard via AFR's Website.
Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) is pleased to announce the addition of video podcasts to our audio programming. AFR started as an audio resource with a single streaming radio station. We then began featuring audio podcasts, as well as a second streaming station for our talk programming. Today we are the leading provider of Orthodox audio podcasts in the world. As of this week, we now also offer video podcasts, recognizing the portability of mobile devices and the demand for video content. We have plans for this area to grow in the same way that our audio podcasts have grown as we develop partnerships with more and more content providers.
The first of our video offerings is "Coffee with Sister Vassa." This is a ten-minute weekly program hosted by Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin, a nun of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (ROCOR) and liturgiologist at the University of Vienna in Austria. Presented with a light dose of humor, the program offers engaging reflections on the Orthodox Church calendar of the current week, the lives of the saints, scriptural passages, and Orthodox tradition.
Coming soon is our second video podcast "Be the Bee."A joint production of Ancient Faith Radio and the GOARCH Department of Youth and Young Adult ministries, this brief weekly video podcast will focus on the various ways in which God has infused all of creation with goodness and beauty. The title refers to the metaphor of the bee and the flies that was used by Elder Paisios to describe how Christians should approach life. The host of the program is Steven Christoforou, the GOARCH Youth Protection / Parish Ministries Coordinator.
Ancient Faith Publishing has posted their 2013 Christmas catalog, featuring a variety of new products, including customizable greeting cards, handpainted keepsake ornaments and ornaments from Russia and Greece, and an array of new icons. A recent release, Meditations for Advent: Preparing for Christ's Birth by Vassilios Papavassiliou, takes the reader through the hymnography, scripture readings, and iconography of the forty days leading up to the Nativity of Christ.
Traditionally one of the most popular Ancient Faith offerings for the Advent season, the Icon Calendar for 2014 features the parables and miracles of Christ and the iconography of Dmitry Shkolnik. The 11" X 12" full-color calendar displays large calendar boxes for recording important reminders. Major saint and feast days traditionally celebrated in Orthodox countries around the world are listed, according to the New Calendar.
On October 14, 2013, Ancient Faith Radio (AFR), in its program "Ancient Faith Presents," released a podcast interview with IOCC Director of Programs Mark Ohanian in which the Director discusses the difficulties faced by Syria's swelling refugee population. IOCC is supporting one of the largest established efforts to provide aid to Syrians torn by civil war, and is one of the only international operations on the ground in Syria, working closely with His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch. There are 1.8 million refugees who now live in the countries surrounding Syria.
"I was in the region about 2 weeks ago," notes Mr. Ohanian in the interview. "The most obvious thing I saw is that the needs are growing and becoming greater. This is a kind of conflict where there is no end in sight, and there's a constant flow of people who are avoiding conflict areas, migrating within Syria to safer areas, or leaving to a neighboring country.
"This humanitarian catastrophe and the need for resources are far, far greater than what we at IOCC have in place," he continues. "It is stretching everyone's capacities and the needs are unimaginable. We have not seen a scale of this kind of need since...arguably, the Second World War. Almost one third of the Syrian population is in need of assistance."
In a new post on the blog Conversations on Orthodoxy, the tables are turned on the men behind the microphone, as Producer Mark Bradshaw interviews John and Bobby Maddex, Ancient Faith Radio's CEO and Operations Manager, respectively. As the Conversations Website notes, "John is the founder of Ancient Faith Radio, and now the CEO of Ancient Faith Ministries, which includes Ancient Faith Publishing (used to be Conciliar Press). We discuss how AFR got started, what it takes to run the network and produce the shows, new languages and podcasts, the live call in shows, and future plans and thoughts on video."
"Ancient Faith Radio is one of the most successful outreach tools we have," notes the host in his brief introduction. "I sat down with John and Bobby to get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to run Ancient Faith."
Listen to the interview at Conversations on Orthodoxy.
Update: Live recordings of this broadcast are now available:
Crisis in Syria, a Special Broadcast of Ancient Faith Today with Kevin Allen this Sunday, September 8 at 8 PM EST/7 PM CST
Chesterton, IN (September 5, 2013) — In light of the President's call for a “limited” military strike on Syria, Kevin Allen, the host of Ancient Faith Today, will speak live with Middle Eastern experts about the complex crisis in Syria, its main players and their interests, and what effects an American military attack will have on Syria, its struggling Christian population, and the region. The program will stream live on Ancient Faith Radio's Talk station on Sunday, September 8, at 8:00 PM Eastern/7:00 PM Central. Listeners will be able to hear and respond to a different perspective on the crisis in Syria than what is typically heard on the mainstream news.
Chesterton, IN (July 24, 2013) — Conciliar Press announces a name change to Ancient Faith Publishing, in an effort to foster continued growth and forward momentum. This name change will not affect the operations or customer relationships in any way; it is simply a change in identity to better reflect our mission.
Conciliar Press was founded over 30 years ago as a ministry of the Evangelical Orthodox Church. When the EOC was received into the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church by Metropolitan Philip Saliba, Conciliar Press became a department of the Antiochian Archdiocese. It continued and gradually expanded its work of publishing and providing a variety of quality Orthodox resources.
Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) has released an interview titled "Correcting a Canonical Anomaly." AFR's Website explains that "One Bishop per city or region is what the canons call for. Yet, here in North America we have multiple bishops in one location. The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops is working to correct that, and today we speak with Protodeacon Peter Danilchick (Orthodox Church in America) who is the liaison for the Canonical Regional Planning Committee. Learn about the importance of this task and how long it will take to get it done."
For more information on this issue, visit AFR's documentary section and the page, "Unravelling Chambesy."
On the most recent Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) podcast "In the Valley of the Shadow of Death," Fr. David Alexander, a chaplain with the United States Marine Corps, gives his listeners a window into his life with the Marines of his battalion, where in the midst of the stresses of military life in Afghanistan, he struggles to be a shepherd. A priest of the Antiochian Archdiocese, Fr. David has been a military chaplain for five years. His wife, Heather Maria, and his daughter, Eve Marie, reside in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
In the most recent three episodes, Fr. David movingly recalls for his listeners the Paschas he has spent in Afghanistan, describing the services he celebrated on the American base in Kandahar at a very unique Romanian chapel.
- Read an earlier Antiochian.org interview with Fr. David
- Read the Afghanistan diary of Fr. Stephen Close, Antiochian Chaplain and Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force
Chesterton, Indiana— Available now at Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) are six reflections on the first three days of Holy Week by Fr. Thomas Hopko. These podcast episodes are brand new to the internet radio station and a perfect way to prepare for the final Orthodox church services prior to Pascha.
Father Thomas is Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and the author of numerous books and articles, including Christian Faith and Same Sex Attraction, published by Conciliar Press. His six reflections examine the significance of the Scripture readings and verses that are the focus of Holy Week. AFR has collected these reflections on a single page of its website.
Seeking to deepen and enrich the faith of Orthodox Christians around the world, AFR offers streaming audio programming and on-demand podcasts. It features liturgical music from a variety of Orthodox traditions, as well as prayers, readings, lectures, and interviews.
The Hidden Garden: a story of the heart, by Antiochian children’s book author and editor Jane Meyer, is a parable that employs the imagery of the garden to teach children about the inner heart and the need to cultivate peace and beauty there. "I have long wanted to write a book for children that touches on the idea of the nous—that place within us that searches and longs for and knows God—where the heart and the mind are integrated and work as one with holy intentions and for holy purposes," explains Mrs. Meyer. "Children have an incredible capacity for touching and knowing God....But do they know that they can nurture and protect and tend that place within them where God resides?
Meditations for Great Lent is written by notable author Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou.
On February 8 and 9, 2013, Fr. Constantine Nasr, pastor emeritus of St. Elijah Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and the author of Mastering the Art of Marriage published by Conciliar Press, conducted a marriage preparation seminar at the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary in Livonia, MI. The event was sponsored by the Mariam Center of Marriage and Youth Development, and the audio of all three sessions has been posted to Ancient Faith Radio (AFR).
In partnership with the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), Ancient Faith Radio has posted the talks from the 2012 OCF College Conferences as an AFR "Special." Held annually after Christmas at Antiochian Village (East) and St. Nicholas Ranch (West), the conferences draw college students from all part of the U.S. together for several days of workshops, fellowship, and lectures from top-notch Orthodox speakers.
In addition to the podcasts featuring talks on the theme "Trust in the Power and Love of God," the AFR line-up of conference audio includes the program "Orthodoxy Live with Fr. Evan Armatas," who conducted a live call-in show with the students at the College Conference East at Antiochian Village.
The 24–page Conciliar Press Christmas catalog is available online here in its online version on the Press website, or as a PDF here. A wide variety of products are available, including Christmas cards, ornaments, icons, gifts for kids and young adults, gifts for under $10.00, crosses and jewelry, music, and other items such as prayer books, censers, ceramic holy water bottles, wall plaques, incense and incense holders, and keychains.
The ever-popular icon calendar for 2013 depicts the work of Christ, seen and unseen, and foreshadowed, in the Old Testament. The calendar is sized at 11" X 12" and each icon is depicted in full color. Major saint and feast days traditionally celebrated in Orthodox countries around the world are listed, according to the new calendar.
Ancient Faith Radio (AFR) has announced the live broadcast debut of a new call-in talk show, Orthodoxy Live with Fr. Evan Armatas, beginning this Sunday night at 8 pm Eastern. Orthodoxy Live with Fr. Evan Armatas will offer listeners an opportunity to ask pointed questions about the Orthodox Church. The show is aimed at both seekers, converts, and cradle Orthodox Christians and will stream live, allowing listeners to call-in 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.
Ancient Faith Today with Kevin Allen, the first live call-in Orthodox Christian talk show on AFR, began broadcasting earlier this year. It will air opposite Orthodoxy Live with Fr. Evan Armatas on the second and fourth Sundays of each month in the same time slot. Listeners may participate at 8 pm Eastern on AFR by visiting the show's landing page and selecting the “talk” button.
Conciliar Press' 2013 icon calendar features icons depicting the work of Christ—seen, unseen, and foreshadowed—throughout the Old Testament.
The 11" X 12" full-color calendar, the latest in a popular series of calendars, features large calendar boxes (1-3/8" X 1-3/4") for recording important date reminders. Major saint and feast days traditionally celebrated in Orthodox countries around the world are listed, according to the New Calendar. The monthly themes are:
- January—The Creation of Light
- February—The Creation of Animals and Man
- March—Noah and the Ark
- April—Melchizedek’s Offering to Abraham
- May—The Hospitality of Abraham
- June—Abraham’s Offering of Isaac
- July—Jacob’s Ladder
- August—Moses and the Burning Bush
- September—Moses, Aaron, and the Tabernacle of Witness
- October—The Bronze Serpent Made by Moses
- November—Jonah and the Big Fish
- December—The Three Holy Youths in the Furnace
Fr. George Shalhoub, priest at the Basilica of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church in Livonia, Michigan, recently offered four "Meditations on Mercy" at the 2012 Antiochian House of Studies Residency Program. The talks were presented each evening after the final benediction of Great Vespers during the first week of the program in early September, and were very well received by the 100 students and faithful present. Ancient Faith Radio has posted each talk, as well as an interview with Fr. George.
"I teach Liturgical Practice and I chose a theme every year and speak from my experience as a priest for over 40 years," Fr. George said. "In my talks, I asked, what does it mean when to use mercy with each other? Mercy is to listen, to comfort, to forgive, to strengthen, to encourage, all set in the context of prayer."
Father urged his audience to avoid becoming "professional" priests or deacons, because in doing so "we lose the art of being priests. And this subject can apply to everyone," he added. "In our world today, we find a breakdown occurs when communication dies; we're wired up but we're still not communicating with each other."
On Sunday, September 16, the live call-in broadcast Ancient Faith Today will feature host Kevin Allen's conversation with well-known author Kyriacos Markides. Markides' newly released book, The Inner River, chronicles his "pilgrimage to the heart of Christian spirituality," and speaks about his journey from materialism to shamanism, and then back home to the mystical Orthodox Christian faith of his youth.
A professor of sociology at the University of Maine, Markides is the best-selling author of The Mountain of Silence and Gifts of the Desert. "He is a bridge builder between Orthodox and non-Orthodox seekers," notes Ancient Faith Today host Allen. "We'll find out about his views of Darwinism, near-death experiences, universalism, and other topics that are a part of his fascinating inner journey. I'll also have a chance to ask him some of the hard questions that many who have read his books, have wondered about."
The call-in number for Ancient Faith Today is 1-855-AFRADIO (1-855-237-2346), and the link for the chatroom is posted shortly before the time of the program, which streams live at 8 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.
On Sunday, September 2, the live, call-in radio program of Ancient Faith Radio featured the theme, "Back to the Future: A Reflection on the Past and Future Legacy of the 'Evangelical Orthodox' in Canonical Orthodoxy."
The guest was the V. Rev. Jon Braun, ex-Campus Crusade for Christ Regional Director and former leader of the Evangelical Orthodox Church. Fr. Peter Gillquist of blessed memory was originally scheduled to be interviewed on this program as well. As a tribute to his life and legacy, Conciliar Press has made Fr. Peter's booklet Finishing the Race available as a free download.
The call-in number for Ancient Faith Today is: 1-855-AFRADIO (1-855-237-2346), and it streams live at 5:00 pm Pacific, 7:00 pm Central, and 8:00 pm Eastern every other Sunday.