Tomb & Temple

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The death of Jesus was no mere appearance; he really died. His soul and body were truly rent asunder. “Jesus cried out again with a loud voice,” wrote Matthew, “and yielded up his spirit” (28:50). It is proper to say, moreover, that Jesus’ body and his soul went in different […]

Restoring The Resurrection Gospel To The Orthodox Parish

by Fr. John A. Peck When we prepare to preach the Gospel, the Orthodox priest is almost certainly hogtied by one weakness – the Orthodox lectionary calls for the Resurrectional Gospels to NOT be read during Sunday Divine Liturgy, the only service most of his parishioners are going to attend. The problem, of course (for […]

On The Death & Resurrection Of Christ

by St. Gregory the Theologian Yesterday I was crucified with Him; today I am glorified with Him. Yesterday I died with Him; today I am made alive with Him. Yesterday I was buried with Him; today I am raised up with Him. Let us offer to Him Who suffered and rose again for us … […]

Therapeutic Substitutionary Atonement

by Fr. Stephen Freeman For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures… (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) No statement is more central to the Christian […]

Looking East During Prayer & Worship

We all look towards the East when we pray, but few of us know that we are seeking our own old country, Paradise, which God planted in Eden in the East. We pray standing, on the first day of the week, but we do not all know the reason. On the day of the resurrection […]

Resurrection: Bare Fact or Theological Revelation?

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The permanence of the soul, its continued life after death, was not in contention among the early Christians. Indeed, thanks in part to Plato, some form of belief in a spiritual afterlife was quite in fashion in the Greco-Roman culture where the Apostles proclaimed the Gospel. The Apostle Paul, for […]

Do We Really Believe in the Resurrection?

by Fr. Michael Shanbour The Holy Apostle Paul made it abundantly clear that the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation of our faith when he wrote to the Corinthians: “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain” (1 Cor. 15:14). It would be […]

The Resurrection: Beyond the Boundaries of Tolerance

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon When Flavius Josephus misrepresented the faith of the Pharisees—claiming they believed in the transmigration of the soul, instead of the resurrection of the body—he did so to avoid ridicule from contemporary Greco-Roman pagans. Although the latter differed among themselves with respect to an after-life, none were disposed to take seriously […]