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IOCC Supports Lebanon School

A Dedicated Educator And New Equipment From IOCC Make the Difference for A Lebanon Public School

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Dedicated educators like Principal Marie Chahine (left) use creative, and often surprising, strategies to improve the quality of education offered by Lebanon's crumbling public schools. Through a $4.7 million grant, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is providing 206 public schools throughout Lebanon with computer labs and new furniture and laboratory supplies for science instruction.

In the Beirut suburb of Ain al Remaneh, teenagers Farah and Luna (right) dream of becoming journalists and educators. Their new computer lab provided by IOCC through a $4.7 million grant by USAID will give them some of the tools needed to realize that dream. IOCC has been repairing and developing hundreds of public schools throughout Lebanon since 2001.

Frederica Discusses Abortion: Ignoring the Facts

here_and_nowJanuary 22 marked another year of legalized abortion in the United States despite all of the facts demonstrating the presence of life at conception. You don't want to miss Frederica Mathewes-Green's most recent podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.

To read more from Frederica on this topic, you will want to pick up her book, Real Choices, or visit her website, www.frederica.com.

Ancient Faith Radio Introduces New Internet Stations

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AFR founder John Maddex announced this week, "It is a joy to introduce our second streaming station at Ancient Faith Radio called Ancient Faith Talk. Our survey results this past fall revealed a common thread of thought from our listeners, 'Please give us a second station to house all of the wonderful podcasts and keep your first station primarily music.' So starting on Saturday, January 19, you will have Ancient Faith Music, Ancient Faith Talk, and Ancient Faith Podcasts (for download)."

On Ancient Faith Talk, each hour of the day will feature several of our podcasts, interviews and lectures. Since the lengths of our features vary, some hours will have less talk than others but each hour will have ample and substantive programming with the hour filled out with English language music and readings.

Ancient Faith Music will then be preserved to showcase the wonderful music of the Church interspersed with short inspirational quotes from the Fathers, the Psalms and liturgical verses. The collection of podcasts for free download at your convenience also continues to grow. Our 18 unique features will be joined by at least a half dozen more in the next couple of months. Be looking for new and regular podcasts from people like Father Thomas Hopko, Father Michael Oleksa, Father John Hainsworth, Father Hans Jacobse, and more.

Visit www.ancientfaithradio.com to discover Ancient Faith Music and Ancient Faith Talk!

January is SOYO Education Month

image Join Teen SOYO in this quest to provide scholarships to your parish youth workers to participate in the Antiochian House of Studies Youth Ministry Education Program, so that they may better serve the youth of your parish. NAC Teen SOYO is working towards raising $250,000 for a scholarship fund to benefit local parish youth workers to continue their education in Youth Ministry through the St. Stephens Youth Ministry Concentration. Our teens have already raised $134,000 towards this goal through the efforts of you and your faithful. Your help and that of your teens towards this worthy goal are greatly appreciated.

Visit the Teen SOYO page to learn more!

New Online Resources Explaining the Orthodox Christian Faith

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Deepen your understanding of the ancient Christian faith with the help of powerful voices from the Antiochian Archdiocese and beyond, including Frederica Mathewes-Green, Fr. Jack Sparks, Fr. John Reeves, and others. Click here.

This series of articles on some of the basic doctrines of the Orthodox Christian Faith is brought to you by Conciliar Media Ministries, a department of the Antiochian Archdiocese, and Antiochian.org. These teachings present the timeless wisdom of our Holy Tradition, made accessible and interesting by some of the best Orthodox Christian writers of today. These articles are available from Conciliar as a series of attractive and informative booklets and brochures about the basic teachings of the ancient Orthodox Christian faith.

The Order of St. Ignatius Fall Newsletter Is Now Online

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The Order of St. Ignatius is the philanthropic organization of 4,000 members of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America.

Download and read these Fall Newsletter articles:

  • New Chair, Dan Abraham’s First Address to The Order,
    Montreal ‘07
  • Apart From Him We Have No True Life, by the V. Rev. Joseph Antypas
  • Faces of The Order
  • Advice from a Martyr
  • Beneficiaries Give Thanks in Worcester
  • Norma’s Inspiration … In Loving Memory
  • Joanne's JOTS, by Joanne Hakim

Visit the website of The Order of St. Ignatius.

Chancellor Charles Ajalat Speaks About Orthodox Administrative Unity in America: Audio Available Saturday, January 19

image "I would love to see 45 or more dioceses of a united North American Church, with each bishop having the title of each major U.S. or Canadian city, for the sake of our children and grandchildren, and more importantly for the salvation of all on this continent. I would love to see our Church, through Christ, transforming our culture, while it's transforming our own lives." - Charles Ajalat

This week Ancient Faith Radio will be broadcasting a special edition of Kevin Allen's podcast, The Illumined Heart, on the future of the American Orthodox Church. Will there ever be one American Orthodox Church? What are the reasons for the continuing divisions among ethnic and historic jurisdictions? Who and what stands in the way of administrative unity? In this historic and hard-hitting interview, Kevin Allen speaks with Chancellor of the Antiochian Archdiocese Charles Ajalat. Charles was the behind-the-scenes architect of the historic Ligonier meeting of hierarchs in 1994.

This special edition of The Illumined Heart will be available via Ancient Faith Radio on January 19.

Click here for a PDF version of AGAIN's Winter 2003 issue on Antiochian Self Rule, including an interview with Metropolitan PHILIP and an article by Charles Ajalat, "A Vision for North American Orthodoxy."

Click here to read Metropolitan PHILIP's visionary call for unity from 1984.

Fulfillment: The Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus Christ, January 1

image The Exaposteilarion of today's Feast declares: "Verily, the Creator of ages Who fulfilled the law is circumcised in the flesh as an eight-day old child, is wrapped in swaddling clothes like a man and is fed with milk, He Who is the All-Controller through His boundless might, since He is God, and the Maker of the law in flesh."

Observe the wording of declaration: "the Creator of the ages...fulfilled the law." The statements that follow concerning His circumcision, clothing as a man, and being fed milk, appear to specify ways in which He fulfills the law in concrete terms. How are we to understand these actions as fulfillment? What is filled full, put into effect, brought to an end, satisfied, converted into reality or brought to its potential?

The "laws" of the created order require infants to be fed and clothed for survival, yet the Lord Who is unbounded and is eternally free from any need for protection has chosen to take our flesh upon Himself, for He is God the Word assuming the limitations and demands of the natural law. Therefore, He was diapered and nursed. Observe that His satisfaction of the natural law is expressed in many of the icons of the Nativity for they regularly show Him being washed and cared for as well as being "wrapped...in swaddling cloths" (Lk. 2:7).

These most mundane, human actions direct us to the Apostle Paul's point: when the Lord was "found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself," lowered Himself in every respect (Phil. 2:7). In other words, He came into the world and joined Himself to us an actual man in order to address the terrible side of being human: separation from God and our wedding to death.

Many Years Master! January 1 is Bishop BASIL's Namesday

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To St. Basil the Great of Caesarea, by St. John Damascene:

Magnify, O my soul, Basil, the Great amongst Bishops.

O Father Basil, thou didst follow in the life-bearing steps, the steps of Christ, faithful Head of shepherds for thou didst go forth and offer thyself to the usurper, valiantly endangering thyself for the Church, O most-beatified.

Magnify, O my soul, Basil the Great of Caesarea.

Verily, the usurper, having seen the all-sanctified assembly, the assembly of the Church of Christ, adorned by the presidency of thy Priesthood, O wise one, was confounded and fell down, utterly perishing, not being able to bear the radiance of the spirit that was in thee, O Basil.

Learn more about Bishop BASIL (Essey).