The Feast of Christ’s Reception as Fulfillment of the Ritual of Mosaic Law

The Feast of Christ’s Reception as Fulfillment of the Ritual of Mosaic Law

Theodore Rokas   The recent feast, the Reception of the Lord, is the feast which is celebrated exactly forty days after that of His Nativity. The name of the feast in Greek comes from a verb meaning ‘to go out and meet or welcome someone’ [Hence the depiction of Symeon...

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The Importance of the Sacred Canons of Ecclesiastical and Canon Law in the Life of the Church

The Importance of the Sacred Canons of Ecclesiastical and Canon Law in the Life of the Church

Vasilios Grillas, Theologian   In Christian terminology, the word ‘canon’ is technical and has three meanings: a) it decides the authentic and genuine books of Holy Scripture (The Canon of Scripture); b) it determines the order in which Church hymns are sung (The Resurrection Canon, for example); and c) it...

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The Theology of Gender – 14. Canon Law & Civil Law

The Theology of Gender – 14. Canon Law & Civil Law

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   One should not approach the canons of the Church in the same way as the civil laws since neither are the canons mere legal statements nor does the Church’s legislation serve the principles of penal systems. The purpose of all penal systems is to regulate the social...

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An eye for an eye (Levit. 24, 20-21). Is Mosaic law retaliatory?

An eye for an eye (Levit. 24, 20-21). Is Mosaic law retaliatory?

Archimandrite Theofilos Lemontzis, D. Th.   Supporters of rough justice often quote Mosaic Law, which is concerned with retaliation, with ‘an eye for an eye’ (Ex. 21, 23-25; Levit. 24, 20-21; Deut. 19, 18-21). But what is the meaning of these particular ordinances? Do they really impose retaliation and revenge?...

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LIVE Adult Education class on “Is God Our Doctor or Our Lawyer?

LIVE Adult Education class on “Is God Our Doctor or Our Lawyer?

Using the professions of law and medicine, today we will explore two different yet prevalent and competing views about God that shape our own thoughts and behavior. Adult Religious Education The Scriptures state that “my people will suffer for a lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6). It’s not enough to simply...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 35

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 35

Matthew 15:10-28 Both Law and Gospel: We Need Both Section 1 (Matthew 15:10-20) 1. In this section of chapter 15, we have a new law, a new set of Christian ethical principles. This law comes directly from Jesus, who gives a new Shema, a new “Hear, O Israel!”. 2. The...

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