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The Word Magazine

The Word is the official news magazine of the Antiochian Archdiocese. Published monthly (with the exception of July and August) the magazine circulates to the households of all members of the Antiochian Archdiocese and other subscribers including libraries and seminaries. The magazine was founded in 1905 in the Arabic language by St. Raphael of Brooklyn, and later was turned into an English language publication by Metropolitan Antony Bashir in 1957. While content is primarily intended to keep readers informed of Orthodox news, it also educates and inspires with articles on faith and practice. The Word is a member of The Associated Press, Ecumenical News International, and the Orthodox Press Service.

Back issues are available in PDF format on this web page.

Editor: Bishop John Abdalah

Mailing Address:

The Word
2 Lydias Path
Westborough, MA  01581-1841

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December 2015 Edition of The Word Now Available

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The December 2015 issue of The Word is now available and contains the following articles:

Models of Parenting for Clergy and Parents
by His Grace Bishop John

The Joy and Challenge of Evangelization
by Fr. Anthony Roeber

Chief among Sinners
by John R. Gresham, Jr.

Fr. John Namie: Hear the Voice Again

Prepared Hands, Prepared Hearts, Prepared People
by Edith Humphrey, Ph.D.

What Does FOCUS Mean to You?

...and more!



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Please note: Articles contained in The Word Magazine and on this website express the opinions of the authors. Articles are accepted for publication as contributing to a process of discussion and are not necessarily the last, official word from the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.