The Holy Eucharist: A Live Coal

By Fr. Patrick Reardon Speaking of the Holy Eucharist, the Fathers and early liturgical texts of the Church have recourse to the metaphor of the flaming coal (anthrax, pruna) in reference to the Lord’s body. For instance, with Isaiah 6:7 obviously in mind, The Liturgy of St. James refers to “receiving the fiery coal” (labein […]

Mystery or Memorial? Sacrament or Symbol?

What is the Lord’s Supper? What is the Eucharist? Was it always understood as a Sacrament? Throughout the history of Christianity, the overwhelming majority of Christians have consistently believed that Jesus Christ, in a mystery, imparts His Body and Blood to His people though the vehicle of the Lord’s Supper. Bypassing all the Biblical references, […]

What is the Human Nous?

by Fr, John Romanides The chief concern of the Orthodox Church is the healing of the human soul. The Church has always considered the soul as the part of the human being that needs healing because She has seen from Hebrew tradition, from Christ Himself, and from the Apostles that in the region of the physical […]

New Apostles or Old Heresy? An Orthodox Perspective on the New Apostolic Reformation

by Robert Arakaki I was recently asked to help organize a memorial service for a mutual friend.  When I was told that the “Apostle Johnson” would be doing the service, I didn’t know quite what to make of it.  I knew of the Apostle Paul who traveled around the Roman Empire planting churches and writing […]

When The Pope Decided Orthodox Baptisms Were No Longer Valid

In this excerpt, ‘Greek’ means ‘Orthodox’ and ‘Latin’ refers to ‘Roman Catholics’. The friars (dominicans and franciscans) injected a new element into the relations of the two churches, creating new tensions and holding out new possibilities. Time and agian, representatives of the Orthodox Church would find themselves at loggerheads with the friars. Their activities heightened […]

Why the Seder?

Part three of our republishing of ‘The Contemporary Protestant Seder: Anachronistic Revisionism?’ by the Rev. Dr. Dcn. Timothy J. Wilkinson Why the Seder? Given the clear linkage between the Passover, the Seder meal, and the Eucharist – and the apparent lack of understanding of, or interest in this linkage – motives for participation in the Seder meal […]

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 […]