The Early Church, the Seder and the Eucharist

Part two of our republishing of ‘The Contemporary Protestant Seder: Anachronistic Revisionism?’ by the Rev. Dr. Dcn. Timothy J. Wilkinson.  The Early Church, the Seder and the Eucharist What kind of meal was the Last Supper? At first blush it appears to be a Passover meal imbued with new meaning. In Matthew and Mark, Jesus specifically […]

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 […]

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 Share the post […]

Confession in the Early Church Fathers

Yes, Virginia, the early Church practiced confession… in Church. The Early Church Fathers on Confession Here are some quotes from early church fathers which show the sacramental tradition of the Mystery of Confession’s unbroken lineage from the earliest days of the Christian church. Didache 4:14; 14:1As early as 70 AD Confess your sins in church, […]

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 […]

How the Holy Fire Descends Upon the Holy Sepulchre

Christ is Risen! Here at Preachers Institute we wish you all a glorious and fruitful Pascha! Enjoy this account of the Holy Fire from the 19th cnetury witness Abbot Danil. The following is a description of the Holy Light, which descends upon the Holy Sepulchre, as the Lord vouchsafed to show it to me, his […]

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 […]

Who Were The Nephilim?

by Fr. Jonathan Tobias   Who are the Nephilim? Come with me, and let’s solve an ancient Bible mystery. This will be an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones. Who in the world are these strange people, the “Nephilim”? Here are two passages in Scripture that mention them: Genesis 6.4: The Nephilim were in the earth […]