Consequences of the One Church – Unecumenism

by Fr. Stephen Freeman In thinking through a theological question, I often engage in thought experiments. The Fathers might call it a form of theoria, but I won’t presume that word for myself. But what I do is to make a concerted effort to let go of unexamined assumptions. I look at a different set of assumptions […]

Regretting the Jesus Prayer

by St. Theophan the Recluse Many of St Theophan’s books have been translated into English, and are reliable spiritual guides for Orthodox Christians of today. St Theophan’s gift was the ability to present the wisdom of the Fathers in terms which modern people can understand. Since he lived close to our own time, many readers find […]

Old Testament Challenge: Week 3 Done!

Well done, Old Testament Challengers! We have now completed week 3 on our schedule! This means we are… drum roll, please… 20% of the way through our schedule of reading the entire Orthdoox canon of the Old Testament by Christmas! If you are a little delayed, don’t worry. Keep reading. How many of us have had […]

“You Baptize Babies?”

by Fr. Aidan Wilcoxson Do we baptize babies? Do we!  As an Orthodox priest here in Central Texas, I get that question on a fairly regular basis. A lot of congregations in this area only baptize adults or children who are old enough to understand what happens in the ceremony, so folks are just naturally […]

Baptismal Sponsorship, Past and Present

by Fr. Lawrence Farley The parents may say, “Church is very, very important,” but if they do not go to church every week and devoutly receive Holy Communion, and say their private prayers, and pray at meal-times, such exhortations will be recognized by children for the hypocritical clap-trap it is. When infants are brought to […]

Death by Baptism

by Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov Nowadays, children get baptized for any number of reasons: because their family is Russian (Ukrainian/Greek/Serbian, etc.), because it is what they have “always done,” because the grandmother insists, because the parents want the child to be able to take communion or to go to Sunday school, or for any number of […]

Communion on the Day of One’s Death

by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) “According to ancient Church tradition, the soul of a person who takes Communion on the day of death immediately ascends to the throne of the Lord.”   Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) is the author of the internationally acclaimed, best selling book “Everyday Saints and Other Stories”

What Happens to a Child in Baptism?

by Fr. John Hainsworth About What Happens to the Child in Baptism IS BAPTISM JUST A SIGN? Everything I have said assumes that baptism is more than just an outward expression of an inward acceptance of Christ. Of course, baptism is an outward expression in that physical hands are laid on a physical person and […]