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 […]

Mental Imagery in Eastern Orthodox Private Devotion

Is mental imagery good or bad in spiritual life? Fr. Sergei answers the question for Orthodox Christians, and anyone else who needs to know, once and for all. By Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov Just as there can be a properly trained voice, there can be a properly trained soul. —Fr. Alexander Elchaninov This presentation is based […]

Pew Survey: Americans Want Good Sermons and Warm Welcomes

If you think preaching good sermons doesn’t matter, think again. It is the single most important thing Americans look for when seeking a place to worship regularly. On Choosing a New Church or House of Worship About half of U.S. adults have looked for a new religious congregation at some point in their lives, most commonly […]

When The Pope Decided Orthodox Baptisms Were No Longer Valid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 […]

The Word “Atonement”

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In this new video by Theoria videos, Fr. Pat explains why the word Atonement doesn’t appear much in Orthodox theology, and how we should be using it, and not using it.     Atonement Share the post “The Word “Atonement”” FacebookGoogle+PinterestTwitterEmailBookmarkPrint

Trampling Down Death By Death: Reflections on the Orthodox Resurrection Service

A Protestant Visits the Orthodox Resurrection Service By Brad Jersak I shall never forget the beauty, wonder and spiritual culture shock the first time I experienced an Orthodox Resurrection service. It was 2006 and my new friend, Archbishop (ret.) Lazar had invited me to join their parish for the midnight service, the traditional Paschal liturgy, proclaiming […]

On the Frequency of Holy Communion

A constant complaint among some in Orthodox parishes is the admonition to avoid Holy Communion for all sort of nonsense excuses. The Church, while always recommending against approaching with presumption, teaches a very different lesson. Holy Communion is the easiest way for beginners in the spiritual life to obtain grace, and to begin gaining momentum in 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 […]