Posts about Orthodox history

The Sounding

A CBS Documentary about Fr. Alexander Schmemann

Several years ago, Orthodox peoples in America were happy to see coverage of our faith on broadcast television when CBS aired a documentary about life…

Nov 21, 2014
The Sounding

Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

The Nativity Fast has begun and Christmas is just around the corner. Trees are soon to be decorated. Children around the world will make lists, check them…

Nov 17, 2014
The Sounding

Saint John Golden Mouth

I sometimes wonder if Saint John Chrysostom is happy with the name we’ve given him. Chyrsostom means “Golden mouth” and we call him that because…

Nov 13, 2014
Orthodox Christian Reference Guide

Saint John Chrysostom

Saint John Chrysostom – the Golden Mouthed. One of, if not the most, well known and beloved saints of the church, both during his lifetime and in the…

Nov 03, 2014
The Sounding

Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Resurrecting Positive Themes in the Rite for the Dead

THE ISSUE AT HAND Within the corpus of liturgical services in the Eastern Church, no one rite would be expected to draw as thoroughly and vividly the stark…

Oct 08, 2014
Orthodox News

Virtual Tours of 28 Historic Polish Orthodox Churches

Grass is always greener, get to know yours! A new project Cerkiew.pl: „Puszcza Knyszyńska – Szlakiem Prawosławia” („Puszcza Knyszyńska- route…

Oct 03, 2014
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
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