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Sacraments and Rituals

Rituals and Sacraments

It is difficult to open a book of systematic theology and not find reference to “the seven sacraments,” often capitalized for greater effect: The Seven…

Sep 02, 2014
Orthodox News

NewsNow: Romanian Christians Facing Persecution in California

By Charlie Butts Romanian Christians are familiar with persecution in their home country but they didn’t expect to encounter it in America. The Holy…

Sep 02, 2014
The Sounding

Even Ascetics Need Community

They said of an old man that he went on fasting for seventy weeks, eating a meal only once a week. He asked of God the meaning of a text of the Holy Scriptures…

Sep 02, 2014
Come Receive the Light - Greek

Ο Χριστός, το “μάννα της ερήμου”

Ο Δημήτρης Καραβασίλης σχολιάζοντας το θαύμα του χορτασμού των 5000 ανθρώπων απο τον…

Aug 08, 2014
Understanding the Nicene Creed

The Holy Spirit

The third main section of the present Creed concerns the Holy Spirit and His work in the holy Church. We note that the Holy Spirit and the Church are paired…

Jul 19, 2014
Understanding the Nicene Creed

The Church as Object of Faith

As mentioned before, the third main section of the present Creed concerns the Holy Spirit and His work in the holy Church, and we note that the Holy Spirit…

Jul 18, 2014
Understanding the Nicene Creed

The Church as One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

We saw previously that the Creed confesses the Church as an object of faith to show how, despite all its historical liturgical diversity (especially in…

Jul 17, 2014
The Sounding

Chiseled from Living Rock: The Lalibela Churches of Ethiopia

Last week, we featured a story from CNN, “Rock churches of Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia.” We received many comments in response, asking…

Jul 14, 2014
Orthodox News

CNN: Rock churches of Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia

Have you heard of the rock churches of Lalibela? Instead of rising up above the ground, as most buildings do, they are reached by climbing long stairways…

Jul 11, 2014
The Sounding

The Ten Most Popular Orthodox Christian Photos

In today’s world of “crowdsourcing,” one hears a lot about the wisdom of crowds. With over 210,000 fans on Facebook, the Orthodox Christian…

Jul 10, 2014