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Do You Know the Four Great Doctors of the Eastern Church?

The Catholic Church gives the title of ‘Doctor of the Church’ to a few select saints. Today, the Church recognizes 36 saints saints as doctors. The witness of their lives and the depth of their writings are beautifully important to the life of the Church and her doctrine. Among the saints called doctors, some played …

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“It Doesn’t Matter, They’re Christian”—The Coptic Orthodox Church’s New Martyrs

In 21st century America, the prospect of martyrdom is unthinkable for most Christians. We’re free to go to church, catechize our children, and practice our religion without fear of reprisal or violence. If we think about martyrdom at all, we usually think of the persecutions that countless Christians like St. Polycarp and St. Barbara suffered …

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The Christmas Experience Every Byzantine Understands

It’s  no secret that we do things a bit differently in the East. Our churches look (and smell) different, our hymns sound different, and our liturgical calendar has feast days that don’t even occur in the West. It only follows that our Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany traditions should differ too. Here’s how the Byzantines deck …

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