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A Crown For The Victorious

🏅 With Olympics season upon us, it is fitting to focus on the theme of “crowns” in a very familiar hymn – “Yajamanan varumanneram” (in Malayalam) or “Thoobayhoon l-abde thobe” (in Syriac) or “Blessed are those good servants”. It is usually sung as a hymn after the Gospel reading in the Syriac Orthodox Qurbono, andContinue reading “A Crown For The Victorious”

Apostolic Legacy

One of the major qualifiers of the Orthodox Church is its Apostolicity. Its theology is informed by significant and diverse tributaries of Apostolic Tradition (both written and unwritten) which encompasses scripture, liturgy, patristic heritage, iconography, canonical corpus, decrees of ecumenical synods and the like that subsume the spirit of all the formative factors of theology.Continue reading “Apostolic Legacy”

Rediscovering Eusebius of Caesarea’s Sainthood Part 2: His Feast Days, Icons, and Orthodoxy

If one were to look for the feast day of St. Eusebius of Caesarea, blessed author of such masterworks as the Ecclesiastical History and Preparation for the Gospel, they would have an extremely difficult time of finding it. In fact, most would be led to believe he has never had a feast day at all.Continue reading “Rediscovering Eusebius of Caesarea’s Sainthood Part 2: His Feast Days, Icons, and Orthodoxy”

Rediscovering Eusebius of Caesarea’s Sainthood, and Why It Matters

Eusebius, the Bishop of Caesarea (d. 339-340 AD) earns the distinction of being, besides his much beloved Origen, the most controversial Christian to be given the title of Church Father. Lauded as the “Father of Church History” and “a most diligent investigator of the Holy Bible”[1] by some, and yet deemed an Arian heretic andContinue reading “Rediscovering Eusebius of Caesarea’s Sainthood, and Why It Matters”

St. Stephen, chief of the deacons and the first martyr

In this episode of “Walking The Way with The Saints”, we focus on St. Stephen (?-35/36 A.D.) the illustrious saint, chief of the Deacons, and first ofthe Martyrs. We commemorate him on January 8 according to the Syriac Orthodox Liturgical calendar. Quroyo deacon Yousif Abdul Wahid presents us with his research into this great saint’s lifeContinue reading “St. Stephen, chief of the deacons and the first martyr”

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