April 24, 2017
Christian Reformed Home Missions has named new regional leadership in Canada — one for the Western Canada Region and the other for the Eastern Canada Region.
April 19, 2017
April 19, 2017
Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. —John 12:24
In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, 2017, we invite you to join us in praying for the humility and discipline to use Earth’s...
April 18, 2017
[Episcopal Diocese of West Texas] The Rt. Rev. Robert (Bob) Hibbs died peacefully in his home surrounded by family on April 17. He was 84.
April 13, 2017
The Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon marking the Great and Holy Pascha is now available. The full text appears below and is available in PDF format. Translations also will be available and posted as they are received.
The Archpastoral Message of His...
In many places the large rough wooden cross carried into the Good Friday liturgy remains in place throughout the first few weeks of Easter. But now bunches of spring flowers surround its foot and a good length of white linen is draped over its arms. Once a cruel instrument of torture and death, it has become for us a wondrous sign of hope and glory in Christ.
When that cross on a hill outside the city wall looked to the world like a “tree of defeat” for the mission of Christ, an end...
April 12, 2017
For one small congregation in the Anglican Diocese of Saskatchewan, the spirit of the Lenten season found palpable expression at a March 12 Sunday service in response to the threat of drought and famine in East Africa.
The week prior to the service, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien declared to the Security Council that 20 million people were in danger of starving to death in what he called “the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN,” a...
April 10, 2017
As widely reported, some three dozen faithful died and over 100 were injured in terrorist bombings at two Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday—April 9, 2017.
Over two dozen people were killed and over 70 were wounded by an explosion at a Coptic church in Tanta. Within hours, a second bombing at Alexandria’s Saint Mark Cathedral left at least 11 people dead and 30 injured...
In our time in history, terrible crimes against humanity are claiming more and more innocent victims.
Last week, the world witnessed horrific images of Syrian children foaming at the mouth, convulsing and dying in the arms of their sobbing mothers and fathers. Their deaths were brought on by yet another round of the use of chemical weapons in the long and bloody conflict that has savaged Syria for six years, claiming the lives of some 400,000 people.
Last night, the world...
April 8, 2017
- Clergy stir Holy Chrism as Gospels are read in 2012.
Father Alexander Schmemann often underlined in his teaching that Christianity is the end of religion. The 2018 All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America will have as its theme “For the Life of the World,” the title of Father Alexander’s best-known book, published in...
April 7, 2017
As we make our way through Holy Week – that time of such wondrous love, when for my sake and that of all the world Christ gave himself to death, there are two moments when I am invariably ‘undone’.
One of those moments is on Maundy Thursday. We will have recalled the Last Supper and the conversation in that Upper Room of long ago. We will have received the Blessed Sacrament with those immortal words, “The body of Christ, broken for you. The blood of Christ, shed for you.” We will have...