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Living in the Light of the Resurrection
Fr Steven C. Kostoff
Christ is Risen!
In May 2008, Fr Steven gave a two-part talk on the Resurrection, at Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, Michigan, to a retreat of the Midwest Antiochian Women's Association.
This warm and inspiring, richly developed presentation on the Resurrection of Christ was digitally recorded in excellent quality, and made available as a special podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. We rejoice to make it available again here during the Paschal season.
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Indeed He is Risen!
Part 1: Theological and Historical Aspects of the Resurrection
Part 2: Living in the Light of the Resurrection
Be sure also to read Fr. Steven's classic article in defense of the bodily resurrection of Jesus:
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Preparing to Receive Holy Communion in a Worthy Manner
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~ Fr Steven
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A Smile from Eternity
This warm, brief article describes the funeral of Blessed Elder Joseph and the effect his radiant smile had on all those present. (Note: the website seems to be in Greek, but the article has been translated into English - just scroll down.)
Why is the Smile of Elder Joseph of Vatopedi from Eternity?
As the photos and text in this article show, Elder Joseph did not repose smiling, but rather, his smile appeared some forty-five minutes after his death!