Jesus and His Amazing Relationships with Women

Jesus and His Amazing Relationships with Women

Jesus has a way of interacting with women that I find deeply spiritual. There are many good examples of this in the Gospels, and I want to share a few of my favorites with you. The First Sign at Cana Jesus was with His own mother, the Theotokos, at the...

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The Theology of Gender – 16. The Applicability of Canonical Principles Related to Women

The Theology of Gender – 16. The Applicability of Canonical Principles Related to Women

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara The first commandment which was given to Adam and Eve is the original indication of the role of divine law in human life. “God gave them the commandment in order for them to be perfected gradually and, with time, to attain to immortality and theosis.” Theosis is the...

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Saint Helen and the Beneficence of Women

Saint Helen and the Beneficence of Women

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis   a) Women played a decisive role both in spreading the Christian message of the Resurrection as well as in the practical application of the supreme Gospel commandment of love. From the lambent day of the Resurrection of Christ, when the Myrrh-Bearing Women went to the tomb...

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The Theology of Gender – 7. The Place of Women in Byzantine Society

The Theology of Gender – 7. The Place of Women in Byzantine Society

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   Byzantine society was a dynamic union of different cultural elements based on Greek civilization and the Christian faith. Although Christianity was the decisive element in the formation of Byzantium, the practical application of the Christian ethos as a way of life met with the resistance of the...

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The Theology of Gender – 6. The New Eve

The Theology of Gender – 6. The New Eve

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   The honor and respect of Christianity to women is demonstrated especially in the person of the Theotokos. She is the human closest to God; after Christ, she is the most beloved and honored person by men and God. She has a great place in worship and is...

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UN Commission on the Status of Women

UN Commission on the Status of Women

NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will co-sponsor two events at this year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women:   Forced Migration, Human Trafficking, and Child Soldiers: How ISIL is Exploiting the Conflict in the Middle East and March 15, 2016–Forced Migration, Human Trafficking, and Child Soldiers: How...

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Women Saints

Women Saints

The following article was first delivered in person at the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival in Florida. The speakers were asked to respond to the following prompt: Women apostles, martyrs, and saints have spread the Gospel and advanced the Church from the beginning of Christianity. Discuss the significance of their...

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A Call for the Rejuvenation of the Ministry of the Ordained Deaconess

A Call for the Rejuvenation of the Ministry of the Ordained Deaconess

Editor’s note: St. Catherine’s Vision issued the followed press release on November 25, 2014. “A Call for the Rejuvenation of the Ministry of the Ordained Deaconess” has been published by St. Catherine’s Vision, an international, Pan-Orthodox fellowship of Orthodox women theologians and other lay servant-leaders. The document is addressed to...

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A Second Look at the Rejuvenation of the Ministry of the Ordained Deaconess

A Second Look at the Rejuvenation of the Ministry of the Ordained Deaconess

Of late, a pan-Orthodox organization of Orthodox women called “St. Catherine’s Vision” has issued a “Call for the Rejuvenation of the Ministry of the Ordained Deaconess”. The call is addressed to the Ecumenical Patriarch with the hopes of being blessed and acted upon by the upcoming Great and Holy Council,...

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The Churching

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 practiced, along with an introduction to the service to explain what it all means. Different jurisdictions have different practices: some practise the rite of...

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