The Mystery of the Eucharist and Life with God

The Mystery of the Eucharist and Life with God

Is bread a worthy offering to Christ towards the Eucharist?  Watch this short video of Fr Alexander Rentel, Assistant Professor of Canon Law and Practical Theology at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, as he explain show we enter into the mystery of a life with God, through the Holy Eucharist.  

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Position on Pornography

Position on Pornography

According to surveys, nearly one ­third of Orthodox Christian teens are unsure whether pornography is right or wrong.1 This is approximately the same number as that of teens who are unsure whether premarital sex is right or wrong.2 This is very telling in two ways. First, teens who are unsure about...

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Holiday Feasting at God’s Table

Holiday Feasting at God’s Table

How many of you recently have gone out to eat with your families? Holiday shoppers, especially on the weekends, will generally dine out because of the convenience, or simply to enjoy the festive atmosphere that virtually every restaurant or public place provides. Naturally, we have all felt the economic pinch...

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Orthodoxy’s Thanksgiving

Orthodoxy’s Thanksgiving

In the early Church, the primary word used to describe the celebration of the Mystery of Christ was Eὐχαριστία-Eucharist (thanksgiving). This “Thanksgiving” was an attitude which defined early Christian worship and praxis. It was a thanksgiving for every part of creation from the beauty of the stars to the bounty...

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The Touch of God

The Touch of God

Many people think they don’t need to walk into a Church to encounter God, but you can only touch God in His Church. God could have called down from Heaven and forgiven all sins and welcomed humanity back into Paradise, but He chose instead to take on flesh and touch...

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The Eucharist: Its Structure

The Eucharist: Its Structure

Despite some talk about our “timeless unchanged Liturgy,” the Orthodox Divine Liturgy actually has undergone a number of changes since the days of the apostles, and even from the days of the second century. This is a good thing, for everything that lives changes and grows and develops. The prayers...

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The Eucharist: Its Meaning and Place in Our Salvation

The Eucharist: Its Meaning and Place in Our Salvation

The earliest title of the main Sunday service of the Christian Church is “the Eucharist”, from the Greek word eucharisteo, meaning, “to give thanks.” As early as about the middle of the second century, Justin the Philosopher (later known as “Justin Martyr”) wrote that the bread and wine which the...

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Eating with Mindfulness

Eating with Mindfulness

Recently while waiting for my wife at a doctor’s office, I flipped through a “wellness” magazine. In it was an article entitled, “Are You Aware of What You Eat?” True to the title, the article suggested knowing what we are eating. We should also know where our food comes from,...

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Conclusion:  “The Doors! The Doors!  In Wisdom Let Us Attend”

Conclusion: “The Doors! The Doors! In Wisdom Let Us Attend”

In our modern Orthodox Liturgy, the Creed is prefaced by a diaconal word of command. That is, just before the Creed is chanted or sung, the deacon cries out, “The doors! The doors!” and only after this does he invite the faithful to join in reciting the Creed by saying,...

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A Spiritual Explanation of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy

A Spiritual Explanation of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgies celebrated in the Orthodox Church have deep roots in the earliest centuries of Christian worship and have formed countless saints. The 30-minute YouTube documentary above, “Fountain of Immortality – A Spiritual Meditation from the Holy Fathers on the Divine Liturgy,” is a peaceful and informative overview of...

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