Stump the Priest: Raising Hands at the Liturgy

by Fr. John Whiteford Question: “Is it proper for laymen to raise their hands in prayer during the consecration of the Eucharist and the Lord’s Prayer?” No. Raising hands in prayer is a very ancient practice, and following this practice is private prayer is certainly acceptable. However, even among the clergy, only the presiding clergyman […]

The Continuing Validity of the Moral Law of the Old Testament

by Fr. John Whiteford One of the earliest heresies that the Church had to confront was the Marcionite heresy, which taught that the God of the Old Testament was not the God of the New Testament. The God of the Old Testament was evil, whereas the God of the New Testament was good. Consequently Marcion […]

Can the Dead Repent?

If someone dies without repentance, is it possible for such a person to repent after death? Fr. John Whiteford answers this question through the writings of the holy fathers of the Church. by Fr. John Whiteford Scripture, as explained by the Fathers of the Church, states that this is not possible. Psalm 6:5 says: “For […]

Prayers for the Dead in the Bible and in Tradition

From Fr. John Whiteford’s blog, originally titled ‘Stump the Priest: Prayers for the Dead in the Bible and in Tradition’ by Fr. John Whiteford Question: “Where do we find any evidence that praying for the dead is a biblical? From what I have read it appears that the Bible almost says the opposite of this […]

St. Gregory the Theologian and the Literal Interpretation of Scripture

by Fr. John Whiteford On interpreting Scripture, one must be intellectually honest about quotations. George Demacopoulos gave another lecture at the Eagle River Institute which was recently posted on Ancient Faith Radio, and in the course of that lecture he made the following statement: “St. Gregory the Theologian actually wrote, in one of his most […]

How to Teach Your Children to Read and Understand the King James Version of the Bible

by Fr. John Whiteford Why? Before getting into the question of how you get teach your children to read and understand the King James Version, we should probably first discuss why you should want to do so. If you are an English speaker, even if you are an atheist you should want your child to […]

Did the Early Church Venerate Icons?

from his “Stump the Priest” Series by Fr. John Whiteford Question: “Isn’t the fact that there were controversies over icons well into the 9th century proof that the early Church did not venerate icons?” There were indeed controversies at various times, most notably the Iconoclastic controversies of the 8th and 9th centuries, but these controversies […]

Bible Beatdown! The Septuagint Text VS. The Masoretic Text

Septuagint (LXX) text vs. Masoretic (MT) text Old Testament – know your Bible! by Fr. John Whiteford In the “Encyclical of the Eastern Patriarchs” of 1848, which was a reply to the epistle of Pope Pius IX, “To The Easterns,” the Patriarchs of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem, along with the other assembled bishops stated: […]