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 […]

Unhealed Healers: The Cruelty of Heresy

The cruelty of heresy is the existence of healers who cannot heal themselves, or anyone else. by Fr. George Metallinos Heresy is not just an error of the reasoning faculty, nor are heretics simply misplaced in finding the truth. In their case something happens deeper and more substantial. They know the Bible to the letter, […]

St. Gregory Palamas: Traditionalist or Innovator?

by Jesse Dominick St. Gregory Palamas (1296-1359), Archbishop of Thessaloniki (1347-1359), was and is a controversial figure. His experience and teachings of the Uncreated energies of God was severely attacked by Barlaam the Calabrian (who accused him of following the supposedly innovative teachings of St. Nicephorus of Mt. Athos [d. c. 1300]),[1] Gregory Akindynos, Nicephoras […]

What Did Jews Identify the Gospel With?

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The very notion of the “Gospel,” the Evangelion, lies so deep in Christian memory that it takes on a tautological quality, as it were: The Gospel is the Gospel. The “idea” of it is so integral to what we mean by “Christian” that the two concepts can hardly be dissected. […]

An Interview with St. Irenaeus of Lyons

by John Habib Originally entitled: “What to think of the Non-Orthodox? What a Second Century Bishop says about those who are outside of ‘the Church.’” I cannot believe how applicable this second century bishop’s words are to the present time. I challenge all of you to read this and not be at the least intrigued, or like me, […]

Confessions of a Doubter: Did the Mother of God Enter the Temple?

by Dcn George Maximov Another excellent gem from Dcn George, who is becoming a favorite writer of mine. A friend once told me about an article on one religious website on the feast of the Entrance of the Most Pure Theotokos into the Temple. The article essentially stated that there was no entrance into the […]

On Corrective Baptism

Another excellent post from our friend, Fr. John Whiteford in his ‘Stump the Priest’ series. Question: “I am/was a Baptist convert to Orthodoxy, and though it’s been many years (about 20) that I was accepted into Orthodoxy through Chrismation, I have read things in the Rudder, and Canons which state that this was an anathema […]