Homily: Fr. James Thayer (07-01-18)

July 13, 2018

Homily given by Fr. James Thayer on the Gospel reading from Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1.

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Homily: Fr. Noah Bushelli (06-10-18)

June 13, 2018

Homily given by Fr. Noah Bushelli on the Sunday of All Saints of North America.

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Faith Stories: Subdeacon David Hyatt

June 6, 2018

Subdeacon David Hyatt shares his faith story, how God led him from a Protestant upbringing and pastoral ministry into the Orthodox Church.

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Homily: Reader Justin Gohl (06-03-18)

June 5, 2018

Reader Justin Gohl gave the homily on the Sunday of All Saints.

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Homily: Subdn Benjamin Daniel (05-20-18)

May 22, 2018

Subdeacon Benjamin Daniel gave the homily on the Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.

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Homily: Fr. James Thayer (05-13-18)

May 16, 2018

Fr. James Thayer gave the homily on the Sunday of the Blind Man.

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Homily: Fr. Noah Bushelli (05-06-18)

May 10, 2018

Fr. Noah Bushelli gave the homily on the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.

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Homily: Fr. Noah Bushelli (04-29-18)

May 10, 2018

Fr. Noah Bushlli gave the homily on the Sunday of the Parlytic.

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Homily: Fr. James Thayer (04-22-18)

April 25, 2018

Fr. James Thayer gave the homily on the Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women.

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Lenten Retreat: A Christian Ending - Part 2

April 17, 2018

Part 2

Dn. Mark and Elizabeth Barna live in Charleston, South Carolina where Mark serves as an ordained Deacon at Holy Ascension Orthodox Church (OCA), Mt. Pleasant, SC. Elizabeth is a business woman with many years working in the hospitality industry, and is a certified food safety instructor and operates Atlantic Food Safety LLC. 

In their thirty-five years together they have rarely been alone, raising two sons and taking care of anyone else who came along, especially all four of their parents until Mark’s mother’s death in 2010. 

“A Christian Ending” was born out of a long held belief that chemical embalming is not only unnatural but a violence that Christians should not tolerate and a pagan ritual of a cult of body preservation. They have used the techniques described in the book many times for friends, family, and strangers, accepting no payment for their services. In 2011 they were asked to prepare their beloved Archbishop DMITRI of the Diocese of the South (OCA) for burial in Dallas, TX. 

More information about Mark and Elizabeth is available ... 

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