Posts about Orthodox history

Sacraments and Rituals

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…

Sep 13, 2014
Sacraments and Rituals

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.”…

Sep 10, 2014
The Sounding

Historical Contradictions? Not So Fast

The Huffington Post, it seems, can always be relied upon to provide fodder for sceptics looking for a stick with which to beat the Christians. They are,…

Sep 09, 2014
Sacraments and Rituals

The Churching

The little pew booklet which my church (the OCA) publishes for the baptismal service provides the text of the entire service of Holy Baptism as currently…

Sep 04, 2014
The Sounding

Did Jesus Ever Really Exist?

I used to be of the opinion that for really far-out whacky stuff, you couldn’t beat Jerry Springer. You all know Jerry Springer—he was the showman…

Sep 03, 2014
Orthodox News

History Today: The Forgotten Christian World

By Philip Jenkins When we think of great historical events we naturally imagine them in visual terms, of great movements. But our mental maps are often…

Aug 22, 2014
The Sounding

The Dark Ages: Who Turned Out the Lights?

Among the literature of those who make it their main business to vilify the Christians, perhaps no concept has served a more useful purpose than the idea…

Jun 28, 2014
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