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ST KOSMAS THE AETOLIAN: A TEACHING ON HOW TO PRAY

My dearly beloved, The Lord wants to protect us from great calamities as well as the dangers of the Final Judgement, He bestowed one particular teaching essential for protecting and saving us. What is this teaching I am referring to? Simply that to do on to others what you would expect them to do to you, for if you do not ... Read More »

A Guide for Receiving Holy Eucharist (Communion)

(Jesus Said): “Truly”, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you…For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed” (John 6:53, 55). When we receive Holy Eucharist (Thanksgiving), we are receiving Jesus Himself. This tangible experience and action allows us the ... Read More »

WHO ARE ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS?

By Father Brendan Pelphrey, PhD The Orthodox Church is the original Christian church on Earth. It has existed since the Day of Pentecost, described in Acts Ch. 2 in the Bible. Through the centuries the Orthodox way of worship, and the Orthodox faith, have not changed. The Orthodox Christian faith is Biblical faith. The New Testament was written by the ... Read More »

HEAVEN AND HELL: THE DIVINE FIRE OF GOD’S LOVE

Author: Fr James Bernstein Published by Conciliar Press, 2009 (Source: http://thechristianactivist.com)   Light and fire are interconnected. Light radiates heat, and when focused produces fire; fire emanates light. Both also have a wide spectrum of electromagnetic rays and energy, such as radiate from stars. Light illumines, is life-giving, but also burns. Orthodoxy teaches that on a supernatural level, uncreated light, ... Read More »

LOVE – AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE

The Greatest Commandment Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second ... Read More »

Prayer: An Introduction to an Orthodox Christian Perspective

What is Prayer? Prayer, by reason of its nature, is the conversation and union of man with God, and by reason of its action, upholds the world and brings about reconciliation with God; it is a bridge over temptations, a wall against afflictions, a crushing of conflicts, food of the soul, enlightenment of the mind, an axe against despair, a ... Read More »

Preparing for Confession: A Basic Introduction

By L. Joseph Letendre Source: http://thechristianactivist.com (Light and Life Publishing Company: Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1987.) FOREWORD Confession is an important, yet neglected sacrament of our Church. This offering provides a practical and stimulating guide for Christian growth in our age. – Reverend Stanley S. Harakas – In every sacrament there is an act of offering. In the Eucharist, we offer bread ... Read More »

THE LITRUGICAL VESTMENTS OF ORTHODOX CLERGY

From the most ancient times of the Church, liturgical vestments have been present and vital to the celebration of all Church services, for they employ symbolism to express the deepest and loftiest meanings of the Faith. No opportunity was lost, in utilising the time that the faithful spent within churches, to continuously remind them and transport them towards contemplation of the ... Read More »