Orthodox Worship As A School Of Theology: Part Four

by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Lecture delivered at the Kiev Theological Academy on September 20, 2002 “Canonical” and “uncanonical” services All that has been said so far about the theological authority of liturgical texts relates to those found in the daily, weekly and annual cycle of services in the Service Book, the Book of Hours, the […]

Orthodox Worship As A School Of Theology: Part Three

by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Lecture delivered at the Kiev Theological Academy on September 20, 2002 Is a revision of liturgical texts possible? Several years ago I came across a short article in a journal of the Coptic Church where it stated that this Church had decided to remove prayers for those held in hell from […]

Orthodox Worship As A School Of Theology: Part Two

by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Lecture delivered at the Kiev Theological Academy on September 20, 2002 Liturgical texts as a school of theology May I now turn to the theological and dogmatic significance of liturgical texts. In my view, liturgical texts are for Orthodox Christians an incontestable doctrinal authority, whose theological irreproachability is second only to […]

Orthodox Worship As A School Of Theology: Part One

by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Lecture delivered at the Kiev Theological Academy on September 20, 2002 All of our liturgical hymns are instructive, profound and sublime. They contain the whole of our theology and moral teaching, give us Christian consolation and instill in us a fear of the Judgment. He who listens to them attentively has […]

The Pastoral Power Of Theology: St. John the Goldenmouth

by Fr. John Behr A lecture delivered by Fr John Behr, Dean of St Vladimir’s Theological Seminary, at the parish of St John Chrysostom Orthodox Church, House Springs, Missouri, September 29, 2007,  on the occasion of the 1600th Anniversary of St John’s repose. In his oration of thanks to his teacher, St Gregory the Wonderworker […]

Thoughts On Women’s Ordination

by Fr. John Morris During the last part of the twentieth century, Feminism swept through society like a raging forest fire and has become one of the most significant developments in modern history. It is not an exaggeration to state that feminism has redefined almost every aspect of contemporary American culture. Feminists and their supporters […]

Principles of Theology

by St. Gregory the Theologian Not to every one, my friends, does it belong to philosophize about God; not to every one; the Subject is not so cheap and low; and I will add, not before every audience, nor at all times, nor on all points; but on certain occasions, and before certain persons, and […]

Symbolism, Ritual and Revelation: Part 4

The Errors of Those Who Ignore the Liturgists by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo When we mention “liturgists,” many people think of those whom we used to call “typikon commandos.” There was a humorous reference to them, “What is the difference between a terrorist and a typikon expert? You can negotiate with a terrorist.” This is not […]