Is Religion Contractual or Something Completely Different?

Is Religion Contractual or Something Completely Different?

What does it mean to be religious? Does it mean we enter into a contractual relationship with God? “We do this, He does that?” Or is it something totally different? This was the question that opened another interesting presentation offered to the young adults by the St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox...

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The Embrace and Confession of the Faith

The Embrace and Confession of the Faith

When the priest has laid the Precious Gifts on the altar, he, or the deacon, offers the Litany of Completion. The people reply ‘Grant this, Lord’, after each petition. He then says, in a low voice the Prayer of the Offertory, after which he goes out through the royal doors...

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Jonathan Jackson: a Secret full of music

Jonathan Jackson: a Secret full of music

Pemptousia brings you excerpts from the presentation of the book “Το Μυστήριο της Τέχνης. Η γέννηση του Καλλιτέχνη κατ’ εικόνα Θεού” (Athens 20 November 2016), by the actor and musician Jonathan Jackson. In the excerpts,...

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Participating in the Divine Liturgy

Participating in the Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy is an experience that invites us to participate with every level of our being—not one that merely asks us to observe. Indeed, the word “liturgy” literally means the common work, or common service, of the people. As Father Thomas Hopko wrote in his book, “The Orthodox Faith:...

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The Beatitudes and the True Meaning of Peace

The Beatitudes and the True Meaning of Peace

Every Sunday liturgy, the Orthodox sing the Beatitudes, the introduction to Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. They are traditionally considered to be the most concise summary of what our spiritual life in Christ should look like. “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed...

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What is Saint Nicholas Shrine and Why is it so Important to Rebuild?

What is Saint Nicholas Shrine and Why is it so Important to Rebuild?

Once rebuilt, Saint Nicholas, like the Parthenon that graces the Acropolis, has the potential to inspire millions for generations to come. The parish will continue to function as a parish of the Archdiocese and it will also be a National Shrine on hallowed ground. It will shine as a spiritual...

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Unavoidable Illness and Death, Our Saving Road

Unavoidable Illness and Death, Our Saving Road

“O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance.” 1 My three year old was impressed with the paradox that God died. We attended Liturgy for the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross, and afterwards she continued to ask: “God died?” I would begin a too-theological response, to which...

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Why and How We Support One Another

Why and How We Support One Another

This is a version of the talk given by James and Daphne Hargrave at the Pentecost Vespers OCMC Dinner 2016 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Spokane, Washington. Since it’s Pentecost, we’d better start with a foreign tongue: Furaha na amani!* And we’d like to tell you about Father...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — Things That Don’t Matter Anymore, Episode 3:  Theological Arguing

Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — Things That Don’t Matter Anymore, Episode 3: Theological Arguing

This time around I present yet another item that is no longer a concern: Arguing Theology. So let’s start by defining “Theology”. According the Google online dictionary, we have: • the study of the nature of God and religious belief and also: • religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed...

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What is our faith but love for God?

What is our faith but love for God?

My daughter sang. Her voice was sweeter than honey, and a woman next to me smiled. After a time, my daughter grew pensive and snuggled against me. “I scared,” she said. I asked her why, told her there was nothing to be afraid of, but she insisted staring forward at...

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