1919: The Last Divine Liturgy in Hagia Sophia

By Anthony E. Stivaktakis It is commonly believed that the last Divine Liturgy in Hagia Sophia in Constantinople took place on May 28, 1453. However, the last Divine Liturgy to really take place in Hagia Sophia was on the 19th of January in 1919, which was officiated by Papa Lefteris Noufrakis (1872-1941) from Rethymno, Crete. […]

How a Small, Country Congregation Became a MegaChurch Overnight

by Chad Bird The author is not an Orthodox Christian… at least, I think he’s not. This is certainly an Orthodox Christian experience and understanding of liturgy. Enjoy! This is the story of how a small, country church astounded the experts on church growth by becoming a megachurch overnight. Without even trying. The gravel parking […]

What is the Nous, and How is it Distinct from the Soul?

by Fr. John Whiteford More excellent work from “Stump the Priest” Question: “What do we mean by the “nous,” how is it distinct from the soul, and are the Orthodox the only ones who speak about the “nous”?” This question is complicated by the fact that the word “nous” (which is usually translated into English […]

On the Religious Opinions of the Unconverted

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In Quitting Church, her impressive study of religious sociology, Julia Duin quotes a friend who dropped out of the Orthodox Church: “The Orthodox, Emile said, are answering the question no one is asking: what is the true Church?” This comment is interesting in several respects, but I am mainly impressed […]

Loosing the Grave Clothes of Lazarus

by Paul Smith This was sent to me by my friend Paul Smith. He has preached before (before his days in Orthodoxy), and still has grand insight into homiletics and the Church. Thanks Paul for allowing me to republish it! Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. He didn’t take off the binding grave clothes he […]

Day One of the Week – Pentecost

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The fourth century introduced a significant change of perspective with respect to Pentecost, when the Council of Nicaea determined that the date of Pascha should always fall on the first Sunday of spring. Up to that point, a certain measure of local custom had prevailed, with some Christians—luminaries like Polycarp […]

Doubt, Science, and Faith

by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourouzh When it comes to doubt, Thomas had it right all along. I have been posed a question about doubt. People fear doubt. But they fear in vain, because doubt comes into being when we do not know the truth in full and pose a question. I will give an example. […]

Pascha in the West and in the East

by Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) The Orthodox Church is the Church of the Resurrection, because it gives prominence to Christ’s victory over death. Pascha is the overcoming of death, the passage of the Word to the human heart and not the reduction of the heart to human reason and senses. When one examines the “ethos” of […]