How a Small, Country Congregation Became a MegaChurch Overnight

by Chad Bird The author is not an Orthodox Christian… at least, I think he’s not. This is certainly an Orthodox Christian experience and understanding of liturgy. Enjoy! This is the story of how a small, country church astounded the experts on church growth by becoming a megachurch overnight. Without even trying. The gravel parking […]

Are You Part of the Problem, or Are You Part of the Solution? An Interview with Fr. Robert Taft

by Dcn. Andrei Psarev The legacy of Archimandrite Robert Taft S.J. is so significant that no one who is seriously interested in the evolution of the Divine Liturgy can afford to ignore it. In his interview the esteemed scholar, indeed, the “patriarch” of Byzantine liturgical studies, tells us about his life-long relations with representatives of the […]

The Eternal Liturgy vs. Contemporary Worship

by Robert Arakaki This superb article by Robert Arakaki is an excellent treatment of worship as understood by Christians – and these days, maybe ONLY by Orthodox Christians.  Within the past few decades, a new form of worship has become widely popular among Christians.  Where before people would sing hymns accompanied by an organ, then […]

Orthodox Worship As A School Of Theology: Part Five

by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Lecture delivered at the Kiev Theological Academy on September 20, 2002 The Divine Liturgy Some of my non-Orthodox friends complain that the Orthodox Liturgy is too long, saying “why do you have to stretch out the Eucharist when you can serve it in half an hour?” My experience of the Liturgy […]

Orthodox Worship As A School Of Theology: Part One

by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Lecture delivered at the Kiev Theological Academy on September 20, 2002 All of our liturgical hymns are instructive, profound and sublime. They contain the whole of our theology and moral teaching, give us Christian consolation and instill in us a fear of the Judgment. He who listens to them attentively has […]

On the Benefits of 40 Liturgies For the Departed

Elder Daniel of Katounakia (+1929) was originally from Smyrna, and at one point while he was a monk on Mount Athos he lived at Vatopaidi Monastery. One of his obediences was to travel on business for Vatopaidi to Smyrna where he stayed for nine months. When Elder Daniel was a young boy in Smyrna, there […]