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Keeping the Faith in Taybeh: An Interview with Maria Khoury

A Greek-American who has lived in Palestine since 1995, Maria C. Khoury, Ed.D., is the driving force behind charitable and municipal projects in her town, Taybeh. She is also the author of Orthodox Christian Children’s Books, including the well-known “Christina goes to the Holy Land”, in which “Christina” walks in the footsteps of Christ. After graduating from Hellenic College and ... Read More »

TAYBEH’S PLEA FOR THE LAST CHRISTIANS OF THE HOLY LAND

Road to Emmaus (RTE) magazine, Fall, 2010 (Vol. XI, No. 4 #43) In 1995, after college and graduate studies, Greek-American Maria C. Khoury (B.A., Hellenic College, A.L.M, Harvard Univ., Ed.D. Boston Univ.), left Boston for her Palestinian husband’s native village of Taybeh on the West Bank, where she has been a constant spokeswoman for non-violence in the Holy Land and an advocate for ... Read More »

THE FOREFEASTS OF HOLY THEOPHANY (2nd – 5th January)

DAY ONE – THE FOREFEAST OF HOLY THEOPHANY The first day of the Forefeast of Theophany falls on January 2. Like the hymns for the Nativity, many of the Church’s hymns of this period are slightly modified versions of the hymns of Holy Week. One of the hymns at Matins today says that the coming Feast of Theophany will be ... Read More »

PRE-FESTIVE DAYS OF THE THEOPHANY

After the feast of the Circumcision (Jan. 1), the Church turns its gaze from our Lord’s infancy and childhood to his public ministry, which will begin with His baptism (Matthew 3:13-17). The feast of our Lord’s baptism is called the Theophany, meaning “the manifestation” or “appearance of God”, and is celebrated on January 6. During the days leading up to ... Read More »

St Ephrem the Syrian – Nineteen Hymns on the Nativity of Christ in the Flesh.

Hymn 1 This is the day that gladdened them, the Prophets, Kings, and Priests, for in it were their words fulfilled, and thus were the whole of them indeed performed! For the Virgin this day brought forth Immanuel in Bethlehem. The voice that of old Isaiah spoke,[1] today became reality. He was born there who in writing should tell the Gentiles’ number! The Psalm that David once sang, by its fulfilment came today! The word that Micah once spoke,[2]  today had ... Read More »

The Orthodox Celebration of Christmas

By Professor Ioannis Foundoulis Preamble: In a few days we will celebrate the great Feast of the Christian world, the Feast of Christmas. The Church will bring once again before the eyes of our soul the event of the birth of the Lord and will summon us to venerate together with the shepherds and the magi the newly-born King and ... Read More »

“PROLOGUE” READING FOR FEAST OF THE NATIVITY

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich Prologue From Ochrid, December 25 The Nativity of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son” (Galatians 4:4) to save the human race. And when nine months were fulfilled from the Annunciation, when the Archangel Gabriel had appeared to the Most-holy Virgin in ... Read More »

NATIVITY SERMON OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

I behold a new and wondrous mystery! My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing! The Archangels blend their voices in harmony! The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise! The Seraphim exalt His glory! All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and ... Read More »

NATIVITY DISCOURSE OF ST. GREGORY THAUMATURGOS

Saint Gregory Thaumaturgos, who lived from about 213 AD until about 270 AD, was the Bishop of Neo-Caesarea. We behold now a great and wondrous mystery. Shepherds with cries of joy come forth as messengers to the sons of mankind, not on their hilly pastures with their flocks conversing and not in the field with their sheep frolicking, but rather ... Read More »