Church and State Are Not Separate – They Are at War

by Fr. Stephen Freeman From the Glory to God for All Things blog. There are ideas that are so common, so oft-repeated, that they are critically examined only with great difficulty. Among the most powerful such ideas is the concept described as the “separation of Church and State.” The history of the phrase is its […]

Ecumenism and the Agony of the Church

by St. Nikolai Velimirovich St. Nikolai’s attitude toward ecumenism is shown by his participation, as an Orthodox bishop and theologian, in the ecumenical meetings and dialogues between the two World Wars, and later he was present, as the accredited visitor, at the meeting of the World Council of Churches in Evanston, Illinois, in 1954. Bishop […]

There Is Only One Church

by Elder Sophrony of Essex Forgive me; perhaps all this is superfluous. At this point, though, I would like to say a little about the fact that at the present time a significant part of the Christian world tends to accept one of the most dangerous heresies. What it consists of is people saying that […]

Reverence in Church

by Abbot Tryphon God’s house is entered with awe and fear. We must practice reverence in the temple, whether during services or when we step into the church to light a candle and venerate the holy icons. The temple is the place set apart for the worship of the Holy Trinity and is the place […]

The Self-Liquidation of Christianity

by Fr. Seraphim Rose The striking phrase, “God is dead,” is the poetical expression of modern unbelief. Much is expressed in this phrase that is not to be found in the more prosaic expressions of modern atheism and agnosticism. A vivid contrast is established between a previous age when men believed in God and based […]

Why Must an Orthodox Church have an Iconostasis and a Curtain over the Royal Doors?

by Fr. Andrei Chizhenko In an Orthodox church there is no thing or action which does not carry meaning of spiritual weight. Even the iconostasis and curtain over the Royal Doors are full-fledged “participants” in the Divine services. What is the significance of the iconostasis and curtain in the microcosm of an Orthodox church? The architecture […]

Does the Devil Attack Us When We are in Church?

by St. Barsanuphius of Optina “Prayer in church is important. The best thoughts and feelings come in church, yes, and the enemy attacks more violently in church, but with the sign of the Cross and the Jesus Prayer, you drive him away. It is good to stand in some dark corner in church and to pray […]

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, […]