The Word “Atonement”

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In this new video by Theoria videos, Fr. Pat explains why the word Atonement doesn’t appear much in Orthodox theology, and how we should be using it, and not using it.     Atonement

Mary of Bethany’s Secret Plan

Mary of Bethany was a clever girl. by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Notable among the friends of Jesus was that family in Bethany, of which St. John wrote, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus” (John 11:5). Although Luke told a story account Martha and her sister, Mary (Luke 10:38-42), almost all of […]

The Ladder of Divine Ascent and Moral Improvement

by Fr. Stephen Freeman The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church, is dedicated to St. John Climacus, the author of the ancient work, The Ladder of Divine Ascent. It is a classic work describing “steps” within the life of the struggling ascetic. There is an icon associated with this work, picturing monastics […]

Reduce Stress: Live the Liturgical Cycles

When Lenten stress and fatigue is dogging you, the Church has the answer, and it is right in front of you. by Deacon Charles Joiner Modern life is full of stress and busyness. We have many worries and find it difficult to cope with all that comes our way. This is the modern normal. How […]

On Spiritual Fatigue and Lethargy During Lent

by St. Symeon the New Theologian “My brethren, it is not possible for these things [virtues] to come about in one day or one week! They will take much time, labor, and pain, in accordance with each man’s attitude and willingness, according to the measure of faith and one’s contempt for the objects of sight […]

The Benefit of Russian History for American Converts

by Susan Anderson American converts can be enlightened, inspired, and educated by learning the history of Chrisianity in Russia. If there is a country in the world that is akin to America in spirit, it is Russia. Both countries possess wide expanses of land, and people who exude awareness of that breadth. Both contain a […]

Trampling Down Death By Death: Reflections on the Orthodox Resurrection Service

A Protestant Visits the Orthodox Resurrection Service By Brad Jersak I shall never forget the beauty, wonder and spiritual culture shock the first time I experienced an Orthodox Resurrection service. It was 2006 and my new friend, Archbishop (ret.) Lazar had invited me to join their parish for the midnight service, the traditional Paschal liturgy, proclaiming […]

About Orthodox Communion Spoons

by Fr. John Whiteford In the Orthodox Church, Holy Communion is administered to communicants using a special spoon. Some have asked, doesn’t the 101st canon of the Council of Trullo forbid the use of Communion spoons? And why are the laity not allowed to receive Communion in the hand and from the chalice, as they […]