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The Historical Development of Holy Week Services In Orthodoxy

The Paschal fast of Holy Week1 is the most ancient part of the Great Fast.2 It is already well attested by the second century, in conjunction with the rites of Christian initiation through baptism. At first spanning one or two days, the fast lengthened to four and then to a full six already by the […]

Are the Writings of Dionysius the Areopagite Genuine?

By Rev. John Parker (1895) Introductory From a Christian and theological point of view momentous issues depend upon the answer to this question. The author of these writings quotes Holy Scripture about five hundred times – always as the supreme authority – most frequently as the oracles of God. (Logia). Except the two small letters […]

Some Differences Between Greek And Russian Divine Services And Their Significance

by Archbishop Basil Krivoshein, Archbishop of Brussels and Belgium A report given at the Liturgical Conference at the St. Sergius Theological Institute, Paris, on July 2, 1975 The aim of this report is not to examine in detail the historical evolution of the forms of Divine services, the origin of specific differences between Greeks and […]

The Eucharist As Sacrifice

Compiled by Maximus Scott Philip Schaff 1819-1893 The Catholic church, both Greek and Latin, sees in the Eucharist not only a sacramentum, in which God communicates a grace to believers, but at the same time, and in fact mainly, a sacrificium, in which believers really offer to God that which is represented by the sensible […]

On Justification, Faith and Works

by Maximus Scott This article lays to rest any idea that the protestant doctrine of justification by faith alone is anything but an innovation – and a heresy. It wasn’t St. Paul’s doctrine, it was Luther’s. And to kick off the list, let us begin with Phillip Schaff, protestant scholar and translator. Phillip Schaff 1819-1893 […]

On the Saints of the Old Testament

by St. Gregory Palamas Our father among the saints Gregory Palamas (1296-1359), Archbishop of Thessalonica, was a monk of Mount Athos in Greece (at Vatopedi  and Esphigmenou Monasteries), and later became Archbishop of Thessalonica. His feast days in the Church are Nov. 14 and the 2nd Sunday of Great Lent. David indicates that our Lord […]

Calculating Christmas

William J. Tighe on the Story Behind December 25 In this, one of my favorite articles, William Tighe explodes the notion we were all taught in public school about the ‘Christianization’ of a pagan festival for the date of Christmas. He uses historical fact to prove his point, and has thereby offered all Christians that […]

Homily on the Siege of Constantinople in 626 AD

by Theodore the Syncellus On the foolish attack of the Avars and godless Persians against this city, protected by God, and of their shameful retreat which the divine love brought about for mankind by the intervention of the Mother of God. I. Prophesying long ago, by the prophetic inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the benevolence of […]