What do we Need to know about Afterlife?

What do we Need to know about Afterlife?

An Exclusive Interview with Hank Hanegraaff, at the third part of his exclusive interview at Pemptousia. Hank Hanegraaff in his interview to Pemptousia presents the content of his book about afterlife. The book focuses to the relationship between God, our Lord Jesus Christ and the Man in the concept life...

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Will I See My Relatives in Heaven: A Paschal Contemplation

Will I See My Relatives in Heaven: A Paschal Contemplation

The joy of Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, is a marvelous wonder. Because it is a Spring Feast (dated with the Spring equinox, as light overtakes darkness on the Earth, Easter is associated with new life, green grass, fresh flowers, warm days—the end, the death one...

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Avoiding the Torment of Hell

Avoiding the Torment of Hell

Nobody can deny that we will all eventually die, so it should be no surprise that Our Lord has provided many opportunities for us to better understand what we should expect. One example of how we learn about our eternal future is through parables. In the Parable of the Rich...

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Heaven and Hell in the Scriptures

Heaven and Hell in the Scriptures

Recently, Anglican bishop and theologian N.T. Wright was interviewed on the Evangelical Protestant show “100 Huntley Street”, speaking about heaven and hell. As might be expected from someone of Wright’s stature, he was articulate, fascinating, and Biblical. He prefaced his brief remarks by saying that one day he was sitting...

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Ancient Christianity Confronts Death and Halloween

Ancient Christianity Confronts Death and Halloween

I remember well walking the streets of our cozy steel-mill suburb of Pittsburgh with our two- and four-year-old sons in a wagon, flanked by our neighbors and their children as we went off trick-or-treating. Without leaving even the first block, I thought, “Toto, we aren’t in Kansas anymore!” Whole front...

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Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Part 3, Final

Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Part 3, Final

This is the third article in a 3-part series. Read Part 1 and Part 2 here. The Rite of Anointing the Dead Another vital modification to the rite is the restoration of the baptismal and paschal vision, “to which, as we have seen, the earliest ritual for the Byzantine Rite...

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Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing?  Part 2

Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Part 2

This is the second article in a 3-part series. Read Part 1 here. SEEKING OUT VIABLE SOLUTIONS In the modern funeral service, the canon for the dead is replete with imagery focusing on the holy martyrs, whose struggles for Christ and corresponding rewards are compared to those of the dead,...

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Talking to God and to Children about Death

Talking to God and to Children about Death

Do you think of death as static? Are you frozen forever in the spiritual state in which you died?  In the Orthodox faith, we pray for those who have already died. Why do we do this? Fr. Chris talks to Fr. Timothy Chrapko about what does stop when you die,...

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The Burial of the Dead

The Burial of the Dead

One of my favourite theologians of the early 20th century is Virginia Cary Hudson. Virginia was a little girl of ten years old in the southern United States who wrote a series of essays for her teacher in an Episcopal boarding school in 1904. She wrote her little essays with...

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What Happens When We Die?

What Happens When We Die?

There are many different answers to the question “What happens when we die?” Your doctor can describe in detail the physiological process of dying. A psychologist can tell you about the emotional aspects. Your lawyer would answer the question in terms of your will. And the local mortician has a...

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