Daily Devotion, January 22: Worship is a Necessary Form of Prayer

Daily Devotion, January 22: Worship is a Necessary Form of Prayer

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before Him.  Psalm 22:27   Good Morning Prayer Team! Yesterday we spoke about where to pray, and that having a place to pray should not be hindrance to...

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Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Part 3, Final

Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Part 3, Final

This is the third article in a 3-part series. Read Part 1 and Part 2 here. The Rite of Anointing the Dead Another vital modification to the rite is the restoration of the baptismal and paschal vision, “to which, as we have seen, the earliest ritual for the Byzantine Rite...

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Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing?  Part 2

Are Orthodox Funerals Really Depressing? Part 2

This is the second article in a 3-part series. Read Part 1 here. SEEKING OUT VIABLE SOLUTIONS In the modern funeral service, the canon for the dead is replete with imagery focusing on the holy martyrs, whose struggles for Christ and corresponding rewards are compared to those of the dead,...

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

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 contrast between death and resurrection as the funeral. This thematology of opposites, however, and their related sub-themes (e.g. despair and hope, darkness...

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An Orthodox Wedding

An Orthodox Wedding

This week on CRTL, Fr. Demetri Tonias answers common questions about Orthodox marriage, both from practical as well as theological standpoints. For example, can I marry a non-Christian? Can we have a joint service with a minister from a different denomination? Can we have two services since our families live...

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CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE BEING CREMATED TODAY!

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE BEING CREMATED TODAY!

My bishop is probably not going to believe this. Recently, a member of our congregation was very upset. She heard that the new priest was planning to cremate a young couple, right there in church, on the solea, during Great Vespers on the next Saturday night. “Doesn’t the Orthodox Church...

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Ecumenical Patriarch: Cohabitation of Same-Sex Couples Contrary to Gospel

Ecumenical Patriarch: Cohabitation of Same-Sex Couples Contrary to Gospel

The following is an excerpt from the Message of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress in Philadelphia, delivered July 7, 2014. Our Lord, through His first miracle in Canaan, Galilee, blessed the holy sacrament of marriage, in which two persons of different sexes come together...

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Embracing the Blessing of Exquisite Pain

Embracing the Blessing of Exquisite Pain

Every year when Pascha ends, I start to eagerly anticipate the next one, the next opportunity to completely focus on my faith and forget the rest of my earthly obligations. In the Orthodox faith, we are gifted with an abundance of fasts, feast days and other opportunities to embrace what...

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Why Marriage?

Why Marriage?

As the element of Christianity in popular culture continues to erode, one of the many things which separates that popular and secular culture from the culture of the Church is the understanding of marriage. In North America, about one half of all marriages end in divorce. Many people live together...

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What Does It Mean To Repent?

What Does It Mean To Repent?

Author and priest Fr. Steven Ritter is back on the show today talking about repentance. What does it mean to repent? If we truly repent, why do we need confession? Is repentance about our relationship with those around us or with Christ? Tune in to hear the answers to all...

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