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How Do We Continue Our Walk in Faith and Keep the Joy of the Lord During Times of Challenge in Our Lives?

Recorded at the Greek Cathedral of the Annunciation during their 15th annual Lenten Retreat on April 4, 2009.

Date: 04/04/09
Speaker(s): Fr. Luke A. Veronis and Mother Abbess Inés
Track Title(s):
  • Five Sessions + Lynette Hoppe Presentation
The Orthodox Perspective on Bioethics

Recorded at the Greek Cathedral of the Annunciation during their 14th annual Lenten Retreat on April 5, 2008. Topics include genetics, cloning, stem cell research, euthanasia and end-of-life care.

Date: 03/05/08
Speaker(s): Varied
Track Title(s):
  • Four Sessions
A Walk Through the New Orthodox Study Bible

This recording is from the March 2, 2008 special visit by Fr. Peter Gillquist, project leader for the New Orthodox Study Bible. Fr. Peter speaks frankly about the NOSB, the challenges of managing the project and provides many answers to questions presented regarding what is and is not included in this volume.

Date: 03/02/08
Speaker(s): Fr. Peter Gillquist
Track Title(s):
  • A Walk Through the New Orthodox Study Bible
The Holy Spirit in Our Daily Life
Description: On February 16, 2008, His Eminence, Metropolitan KALLISTOS (Ware) lectured at the Greek Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore, MD on the Holy Spirit.
Date: 02/16/08
Speaker(s): Met. KALLISTOS (Ware) of Diokletia
Track Title(s):
  • Two Sessions
On the Kontakion of St. Romanos

In February of 2008, Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green spoke at a parish adult education class on the Kontakion of St. Romanos the Melodist, beginning with the Natity Kontakion and then the Akathist Hymn.

Date: 02/08
Speaker(s): Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green
Track Title(s):
  • On the Kontakion
Presentation on St. Nina, Enlightener of Georgia
Description: Sh. Ina O'Dell, then president of the Sisterhood of St. Nina , gave a presentation about St. Nina's life and how she came to be the patroness our parish women.
Date: 01/13/08
Speaker(s): Sh. Ina O'Dell
Track Title(s):
  • Presentation on St. Nina
Practicing True Worship in a Pop Culture World: The Challenge of the Apostolic Tradition

Four speakers from the 2007 Annual Lenten Retreat at the Annunciation Cathedral gave presentations on applying the Apostolic Tradition to pop culture.

Date: 03/10/07
Speaker(s): Fr. Matthew Street; Fr. Demitrios Nicoloudakis; Prof. Terry Mattingly; Teo Nicolakis
Track Title(s):
  • Religious Authority in Pop Culture (Fr. Matthew Street)
  • The Church's Interaction with the Culture (Fr. Demitrios Nicoloudakis)
  • The Role that the Entertainment Media Plays in Our Lives (Prof. Terry Mattingly)
  • The Apostolic Tradition (Teo Nicolakis)
The Present State and Future of Orthodoxy in America

In early November, 2006, the Orthodox Christian Laity held a conference in Baltimore, MD to discuss issues of and relating to administrative unity among the Orthodox jurisdictions in America.

Date: 11/06
Speaker(s): Archbishop LAZAR; Fr. Kevin Scherer; V. Rev. Fr. Peter Gillquist; Sdn. Robert Miclean; Terry Mattingly; Peter Marudas; Andrew Natsios
Track Title(s):
  • The Priesthood of the Laity (Archbishop LAZAR)
  • The Vision of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (Fr. Kevin Scherer)
  • So What Do the Converts Want, Anyway? (Terry Mattingly)
  • The Ecumenical Patriarchate and Orthodox Unity (Peter Marudas)
  • Working with the Orthodox Church (Andrew Natsios)
  • Crucial Steps Toward Orthodox Unity (V. Rev. Fr. Peter Gillquist)
  • Orthodox Campus Ministry (Sdn. Robert Miclean)
The Astonishing Christ: Knowing Our God, Our World and Ourselves

Holy Cross parishioners were blessed to have Fr. John Oliver come to speak at our Nativity Retreat 2005. His knowledge, meekness and insight were an inspiration to all. We pray these mp3 downloads of his three sessions with us will equally deepen your own knowledge of Christ, the world and those around you.

Date: 12/03/05
Speaker(s): Fr. John Oliver
Track Title(s):
  • Session I: Knowing God
  • Session II: Knowing our World
  • Session III: Knowing Ourselves
The Forgotten Path of Christian Spirituality

At the 2005 summer convention of the Antiochian Archdiocese, Dr. Kyriacos Markides delivered a fascinating presentation on Christian Spirituality in the desert tradition; and how it relates to Orthodox laypersons. This mp3 was originally posted on the Antiochian Archdiocese website. Dr. Markides also has a new book available in our online bookstore, Gift of the Desert, speaking to the same subject.

Date: 07/05
Speaker(s): Dr. Kyriacos Markides
Track Title(s):
  • The Forgotten Path of Christian Spirituality
The Cross of Christ
Description: On March 24 2005, His Grace Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokletia gave three lectures at the Annunciation Cathedral in Baltimore, MD, as part of their Lenten Retreat and Centennial celebration. His topic was on the Cross of Christ, and characteristically his lectures were both pastoral and academic. Included in the download below is QnA following each lecture.
Date: 3/24/05
Speaker(s): Metropolitan KALLISTOS (Ware) of Diokletia
Track Title(s):
  • Lecture I: The Cross as a Redeeming Sacrifice
  • Lecture II: The Cross as Suffering Love
  • Lecture III: The Meaning of Forgiveness
Canon of St. Lazarus

This recording of the Canon of St. Lazarus was made on the eve of Lazarus Saturday, March 26, 2010 .

Date: 03/26/10
Performer(s): Holy Cross Chanters
Track Title(s):
  • Canon of St. Lazarus
The Akathist of Thanksgiving

This Akathist, also called the "Akathist of Thanksgiving," was composed by Protopresbyter Gregory Petrov shortly before his death in a prison camp in 1940. It is said that Father Gregory was murdered while in the prison camp, but not before he was able to pen the poignant hymn, giving to the Church and to the world light from great darkness, reminding us that even in the midst of frightful suffering true Christian conviction and courage are unconquerable. Holy Cross serves this Akathist the night before the American Thanksgiving Holiday.

Date: 11/26/08
Performer(s): Holy Cross Church
Track Title(s):
  • The Akathist of Thanksgiving
The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

The Divine Liturgy is the primary worship service of the Church. The Divine Liturgy is a eucharistic service containing two parts: the Liturgy of the Catechumens, sometimes called the Liturgy of the Word, at which the Scriptures are proclaimed and expounded, and the Liturgy of the Faithful, sometimes called the Liturgy of the Eucharist, in which the gifts of bread and wine are offered and consecrated. The Church teaches that the gifts truly become the body and blood of Jesus Christ, but it has never dogmatized a particular formula for describing this transformation.

Date: 10/11/08
Performer(s): Holy Cross Church
Track Title(s):
  • The Divine Liturgy
Sunday Matins

Sunday Matins is the longest of the regular matins services. If this service is celebrated in its entirety it can last up to three hours. It usually contains a combination of canons taken from the Octoechos, Menaion, Triodion, and/or Pentecostarion. As a result, in parishes, abbreviations are often made, as they are at Holy Cross.

Date: 10/11/08
Performer(s): Holy Cross Chanters
Track Title(s):
  • Sunday Matins
The Three Young Men

A hymn recalling the song of the three youths in Daniel 3.

Date: 09/16/08
Performer(s): Holy Cross Chanters
Track Title(s):
  • Song of the Three Young Men
The Paraklesis to the Mother of God

This is a recording of the Paraklesis to the Mother of God by some of the parish chanters. Holy Cross offers the Paraklesis services the first Thursday of each month outside of Great Lent.

Date: 08/08
Performer(s): Holy Cross Chanters
Track Title(s):
  • The Paraklesis to the Mother of God
O Lord, Save Thy People
Description: The Holy Cross Choir has recorded several hymns used in the Liturgy and various other services, including O Lord, Save Thy People, our patronal hymn.
Date: 09/03
Performer(s): Holy Cross Choir
Track Title(s):
  • O Lord, Save Thy People
  • O Lord, Save Thy People (2)
  • Do Thou Who of Thine Own Good Will
  • Angels Marveled
  • The Virgin Cometh Today
  • O My Soul, Magnify
  • The Lord Hath Sent Redemption
  • When Thou, O Lord, Wast Baptized in the Jordan
  • The Lord Hath Made Known His Salvation
  • O Pure Virgin Mother
  • To Thee, Our Captain
  • O My Soul, Arise
  • O Taste and See
  • O Christ Our God, When Thou Didst Rasie Lazarus
  • All Creation Was Changed by Fear
  • Holy God
  • Do Not Lament Me, O Mother
  • Christ is Risen
  • O Christ Our God, When Thou Didst Descend
  • The Angel Cried
  • Blessed Art Thou, O Christ Our God
  • Thou Wast Transfigured on the Mount
  • I Will Take the Cup of Salvation




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