On Why the Patriarch of Alexandria Wears Two Epitrahilion (Priest’s Stoles)

It is called the Kritato –  ‘Stole of Judgement’ – With thanks to Fr. Mark Mancuso! Theophilos II was the Patriarch of Alexandria from 1010 to 1020. For most of his patriarchate he lived in exile in Constantinople due to the fierce persecutions in Egypt by the Islamic Fatimid Caliph Al Hakim. During this persecution, many […]

The Sole Forum Where Creation Can Examine Itself

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The thinking man, if he wants his thought about freedom to be complete, must also reflect—on the basis of his own experience—that freedom is inseparable from consciousness and the conscious experience of pursuing and discerning truth. If freedom is really free, it must be part of self-reflective thought, or logos; […]

Freedom and Pentecost

What has Pentecost to do with freedom? What is freedom exactly? What is it not? by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon When we declare that God created the Cosmos in freedom, we mean that nothing outside of God had to be. Modern philosophers seriously ask—as other philosophers, for centuries, implied—why is there something instead of nothing? […]

Attendees with Disabilities at the First Ecumenical Council

For the Sunday of the Holy Fathers. If you have parishioners with disabilities, this will encourage them. What heroes of the faith! …The General Council having thus received authority from the king, the fathers directed that there should be gradations in the assembly and that each Bishop should sit in his place according to his […]

On the Leavetaking of Pascha

The Constant Pascha by Metropolitan Saba (Esber) Tomorrow evening we say goodbye to the Feast of Pascha. For forty days, we are in the midst of the joy of the resurrection. For forty days, we chant with joy, “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs […]

On Birth Control

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Is using birth control a sin? What do the Orthodox think? What did Catholics think? What did the Protestant Reformers think? Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon shares his thoughts on this controversial topic. Many thanks to Theoria videos for this excellent presentation.       On Birth Control

On The Great Apostasy

by St. Hippolytus of Rome “And the churches too will wail with a mighty lamentation, because neither oblation nor incense is attended to, nor a service acceptable to God; but the sanctuaries of the churches will become like a garden-watcher’s hut, and the Holy Body and Blood of Christ will not be shown in those days. […]

Sentenced to Life

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Of the standard Greek nouns commonly translated as “life” in the New Testament, John’s Gospel uses only two: psyche and zoe. Psyche, often translated as “soul,” indicates the life or being of an individual. For example, in the sustained pastoral parable in John this is the term used when the […]