The confession of faith which we Orthodox chant or sing every Sunday at our Divine Liturgy has a long and complicated history, and examining its history plunges us back into the earliest days of the Church’s life. It is a glorious plunge. Discipleship to Jesus and inclusion in His Church Read more…
Understanding the Nicene Creed
The Creed we sing every Sunday is not simply another hymn in the Liturgy. It is more than that: it is a door. That door leads back through our Church’s exciting and tumultuous history to a time of heresy and danger, a time of councils and counter-councils, of great battles fought long and hard to preserve timeless truth. The result of all that warfare is our present Creed—a confession stained with the tears and the blood of saints, and given to the Church ever after as a saving standard and a glorious banner.
In this series of essays, Fr. Lawrence Farley, author of numerous books on topics ranging from Scripture to the Liturgy, introduces readers to the history and meaning of the Creed—and, by extension, the fundamental teachings of Orthodox Christianity.