For my Orthodox spiritual children, my heterodox friends, or non-Christians in general, what do you fill your senses with? News? War? Violence? Fear? Abortion? Porn?
by the V. Rev. Anastasios Gounaris, Dean, Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New York City Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate Pascha — the Resurrection of Jesus Christ — on May 5 as the culmination of a marathon Holy Week that spans eight days and encompasses 18 distinct services. Most Americans know the feast [...]
Same-sex unions have continued to be legalized in Europe. Recently, respective bills have been approved by the lower chambers of the French and British parliaments. It was done not only in defiance of the opinion of a part of deputies but also against the background of mass protest manifestations of citizens. These legislative steps show [...]
by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos Orthodox spirituality differs distinctly from any other “spirituality” of an eastern or western type. There can be no confusion among the various spiritualities, because Orthodox spirituality is God-centered, whereas all others are man-centered. The difference appears primarily in the doctrinal teaching. For this reason we put “Orthodox” before the word “Church” [...]
By Jeff Pegues, WABC Random murders? Jihad? The police aren’t revealing any motive at this time, but the fact that some believe it may have “had something to do with the victims’ religion” points to the latter … There’s a gruesome double murder mystery in New Jersey. Police say who did it is not a [...]
Countries of the “Russian world” are capable of changing the globe within ten years, believes top cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church Vsevolod Chaplin. By the “Russian world” he means states with a historically strong tradition of Orthodox Christianity which, apart from Russia, include Ukraine, Belarus, Greece, Romania and several others. “Our Orthodox civilization may [...]
by Fr. Thomas Hopko “In Orthodoxy, communicants in the sacramental mysteries are not only obliged to be steadfast in the Christian faith and perpetually repentant over their failures, they are also obliged to take full responsibility for the Church’s teachings and practices, and to be ready, at least in intention, to defend them unto death. [...]
by Gabe Martini Many evangelical groups today are proposing that we abandon “traditional” models of “being the Church,” and instead replace that stodginess with what is presumably a more “New Testament” model: that of the “house church” or “cell church.” Essentially, they are promoting that the local Church be a de-centralized assembly, meeting [...]