How a Small, Country Congregation Became a MegaChurch Overnight

by Chad Bird The author is not an Orthodox Christian… at least, I think he’s not. This is certainly an Orthodox Christian experience and understanding of liturgy. Enjoy! This is the story of how a small, country church astounded the experts on church growth by becoming a megachurch overnight. Without even trying. The gravel parking […]

How To Worship

by Fr. Dimitri Cozby Every priest is asked questions about behavior during worship, both what should be done to show proper respect in the Lord’s temple and what can be done to achieve more meaningful participation in the services. This article will attempt to address some of the more common questions and concerns; it draws […]

What Is Authentic Interior Worship?

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Perhaps among the least appreciated, and seldom thought on, descriptions of Jesus our Lord is the one given by John the Baptist: “His winnowing shovel is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor; and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up […]

Preaching and Worshipping in the Information Society

by Sergei Chapnin  Presentation at the ‘Christianity – Orthodoxy and the media in modern world’ conference. 12–14 May 2014, Thessaloniki The conference that has gathered us here is without doubt a historical event. In May 2014, representatives of various local Orthodox Churches have met for the first time to share their experience and discuss the […]

The Real Effects Of Holy Christian Worship

by St. Theophan the Recluse, 1815-1894 Church services, that is, all the daily services, together with the entire arrangement of the church’s icons, candles, censing, singing, chanting, movements of the clergy, as well as the services for various needs; then services in the home, also using ecclesiastical objects such as sanctified icons, holy oil, candles, […]

The Eternal Liturgy vs. Contemporary Worship

by Robert Arakaki This superb article by Robert Arakaki is an excellent treatment of worship as understood by Christians – and these days, maybe ONLY by Orthodox Christians.  Within the past few decades, a new form of worship has become widely popular among Christians.  Where before people would sing hymns accompanied by an organ, then […]

The Church in the Old Testament

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos Adam and Eve lived an angelic life in Paradise. They were in the state of illumination of the nous, which is the first degree of the vision of God. They had communion with God. According to the teaching of the holy Fathers, Paradise was tangible and intelligible. This is said […]

Orthodox Worship As A School Of Theology: Part Eight

by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev Lecture delivered at the Kiev Theological Academy on September 20, 2002 The beauty of Orthodox services. The Sanctuary One of the most noticeable qualities of the divine services is their beauty and splendour. This beauty is also reflected in the external arrangement of the church. There is a well-known story from […]