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Spiritual Practice (Orthopraxia)

A True Member of the Church

Christ the Good Shepherd

An excerpt from Metropolitan Hierotheos Nafpaktos, Entering the Orthodox Church, (trans. Marina Mary Robb), Birth of the Theotokos Monastery (2004), pp. 98-101. A true member of the Church and a real Christian is the person who has the following attributes. First, he remains within the Church, without leaving it through atheism or heresy. He is not cut off from this ... Read More »

On Tithing

All for money?!

As much as we might groan and grumble about it, we know that paying taxes is part of our responsibility as citizens of this country. Just as we should know that as parishioners we have a responsibility to contribute to the financial support of our parish. It is evident, however, from the strained and meagre budgets on which so many ... Read More »

How Often Should We Receive Holy Communion?

St Makarios of Corinth

      St Macarius Notaras, Bishop of Corinth To receive Communion the usual two or three times a year is good and helpful, but to receive Communion more frequently is far better. Remember, the nearer a person comes to the light, the more light he gets. The closer he draws to the fire, the warmer he is. The nearer ... Read More »

Tithing

All for money?!

Question Why is 10% tithing being pushed by the OCA and some other church leaders? The reason I ask this is that although 10% is required in Old Testament times, so is stoning for adultery and other rules we don’t follow now. How do we tell what is valid today and what is not? Answer Tithing, as you correctly observe, ... Read More »

Fr Dumitru Staniloae: What is Orthodox Spirituality?

Definition of Asceticism

The term spirituality is used very loosely in our culture. But Orthodox spirituality has a very specific meaning. It is most clearly stated by Fr. Dumitru Staniloae a renown Romanian Theologian (1903 – 1993). He describes it as a life long process. It is a road that leads one to “perfection in Christ.” This road involves the “cleansing of passions ... Read More »

The Way of Prayer – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Orthodox Christians praying and cultivating nepsis

  “If you [know how to] pray truely, then you are a theologian” Evagrius of Pontus (4th Century) The prayer of Orthodox Christians was primarily formed in the liturgy of the community rather than inside the walls of monasteries or in the hearts of individual saints. It is the liturgy that provided the regular expression and rhythmical pattern for adoration ... Read More »

One Necessity – Humility

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Jesus tells us; “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3-4) As we enter the Lenten Fast that is a gift of the Church to help ... Read More »

Necessity of Forgiveness

Forgiveness a profound event - Bishop Kallistos Ware

What happened in the parable Jesus taught about the king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants? This story is found in Matthew 18:21-35. It is a powerful story about the necessity of forgiveness. It clearly tells us that forgiveness is not an option if we want to be included in His kingdom. The story is about a king ... Read More »