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The Word Magazine

The Word is the official news magazine of the Antiochian Archdiocese. Published monthly (with the exception of July and August) the magazine circulates to the households of all members of the Antiochian Archdiocese and other subscribers including libraries and seminaries. The magazine was founded in 1905 in the Arabic language by St. Raphael of Brooklyn, and later was turned into an English language publication by Metropolitan Antony Bashir in 1957. While content is primarily intended to keep readers informed of Orthodox news, it also educates and inspires with articles on faith and practice. The Word is a member of The Associated Press, Ecumenical News International, and the Orthodox Press Service.

Back issues are available in PDF format on this page.

Editor: Bishop John Abdalah

Mailing Address:

The Word
2 Lydias Path
Westborough, MA  01581-1841

As of May, 2018, the ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION for the U.S.A. and Canada has increased to $40.00 and for foreign countries it is $50.00. Single copies are still $3.00. To subscribe or submit address changes, please follow the instructions on the Address Updates & Subscription Requests page.

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January/February 2023 Edition of The Word Magazine

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The January/February edition of The WORD magazine is available online, and features the following:

Editorial: The Patriarchate and our Archdiocese are Moving Ahead
by Bishop John

What Makes an Orthodox Christian Orthodox?
By Fr. Michael Massouh

And the Two Shall Become One Flesh
By Bishop Thomas, Fr. Joseph Hazar, and Fr. David Hyatt

The Importance of Being First
by Fr. John Oliver

Christian Life as Pilgrimage
by William W. Weber

Misguided Views on Charity
By Daniel Manzuk

Also: Two Oratorical Festival winners, a report on a deacons' retreat, news from Archdiocesan hedquarters, Communities in Action, and more!



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Please note: Articles contained in The Word Magazine and on this website express the opinions of the authors. Articles are accepted for publication as contributing to a process of discussion and are not necessarily the last, official word from the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.