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Mission at the Mall – A Christmas Reflection of Fr. Brendan Pelphrey

PART I: STAYING FAITHFUL TO ORTHODOX TRADITION Christmas has already arrived at Wal-Mart, as in shopping malls and retail stores everywhere. It began as soon as Halloween, which was celebrated from August to the end of October, drew to an end. Overnight, plastic Santas and singing wreaths replaced orange candy on the shelves, and sound systems have begun to blare ... Read More »

Modern Technology Leads An Enquirer to the Ancient Eastern Orthodox Christian Faith

Michael Todd (21) was baptised and raised in the Anglican Church and for a number of years he was a regular parishioner at All Saints’ Anglican Church in North Epping. However, interaction with fellow Christian students at the University of Sydney, several of whom were members of various older Christian traditions, deepened Michael’s already strong interest in Church history and ... Read More »

ICONOGRAPHY – A STATEMENT OF IMAGE

Introduction In recent times, there has been a subtle but noticeable trend of Byzantine iconography manifesting itself within the decor of Roman Catholic and Protestant churches all around the world. To the discerning Orthodox Christian observer, initially there is joy at the fact that other fellow Christians are adopting and using iconography as an expression of faith, and thus serve ... Read More »

SAINT AHMED THE CALLIGRAPHER

(Commemorated on 3rd May and the 24th December) Saint Ahmed (or Ahmet) Kalphas came from a Muslim family in Constantinople, and was raised as a devout Muslim. He worked as a secretary (deftedar) in the office of the Chief Secretary of the Ottoman Empire, that is in Ottoman terms, within the Sultan’s Chancellery as Scribe of the Second Rank. Thus ... Read More »