Symbolism, Ritual and Revelation: Part 1

Valid icons consist in types and symbols, not in interpretations of reality by the fallen human mind. All elements of a canonical icon are symbolic and contain a profound revelation; there are no naturalistic elements in this Liturgical art.

Why Orthodox Christians Prefer the Septuagint: Part 2

Continued from Part One. 3. THE CASE OF THE MISSING PROPHET We have written in a previous article (“The Neutralization of the Netherworld”) that the Septuagint translation of the Old Testament represents an ancient and authentic Hebrew tradition. Due to the fact that there were variances in the Hebrew texts, the textual tradition that the […]

Why Orthodox Christians Prefer the Septuagint: Part 1

by Metropolitan Ephraim of Boston Preface The purpose of these articles was to explain to our faithful, in a simple and easily-understood manner, some of the differences that exist between the Old Testament (Masoretic) text used by most of today’s Roman Catholics and Protestants and the Septuagint Old Testament used by Orthodox Christians since the […]

Salvation According To St. Paul

by Fr. John Romanides Our father in the faith, John Romanides (1927 – 2001), was a prominent 20th century Orthodox Christian priest, theologian, and writer. He argued for the existence of a “national, cultural and even linguistic unity between Eastern and Western Romans” that existed until the intrusion and takeover of the West Romans (the […]

Paradise & Hell: Now and Forever

by Fr. George Metallinos Part Four of his four-part series on Paradise and Hell in the Orthodox Tradition. The mystery of Paradise-hell is also experienced in the life of the Church in the world. During the sacraments, there is a participation of the faithful in Grace, so that Grace may be activated in our lives, […]

The Experience of Paradise or Hell

by Fr. George Metallinos Part Three of his series on Paradise and Hell in the Orthodox Tradition. The experience of Paradise or hell is beyond words or senses. It is an uncreated reality, not a created one. The Franks created the myth that Paradise and hell are both created realities. It is a myth that […]

Paradise and Hell are the Same Reality

by Fr. George Metallinos Part Two of his series on Paradise and Hell in the Orthodox Tradition This is what is depicted in the portrayal of the Second Coming. From Christ a river flows forth: it is radiant like a golden light at the upper end of it, where the saints are. At its lower […]

Paradise & Hell in the Orthodox Tradition

By Fr. George Metallinos This is part one of a four part series on Paradise and Hell by the Dean of the Athens University School of Theology. On Meatfare Sunday, as we prepare for the commencement of the Holy and Great Lent, we commemorate the Second and Incorruptible Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The […]