Christmas – Recalling Historical Events

  Fr Evan Battalis For generations in the Old Testament period the world awaited the arrival of the Saviour – The Birth of Christ. The Prophets of The Old Testament foretold this and it took place at the time elected by God for the salvation of mankind – “Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven ... Read More »

The Orthodox Celebration of Theophany (Epiphany)

By Professor Ioannis Foundoulis On January 6th our Church celebrates the great despotic feast of “Theophany” or “Epiphany” or “Holy Lights”. The forefeast begins the day after New Years, January 2nd. In this preparatory period is found the “Sunday Before the Lights”. This fits into the functional forefeast preparation. In the Gospel reading from the Divine Liturgy on this Sunday ... Read More »


By Sergei V. Bulgakov Theophany is understood as a feast in which the event of the baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan[1] is commemorated and glorified (Mt. 3:13-17. Mk. 1:9-11. Lk. 3:21-22). This feast is called Theophany because during the baptism of the Lord the Divine All-Holy Trinity was revealed: God the Father spoke from heaven about the Son, the Son of ... Read More »


With Special Reference to the oration of Andrew, Archbishop of Crete, the Jerusalemite, On the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ (PG 97, 913-929) By Fr. George Dion Dragas, PhD, DD, DTh., Protopresbyter “And when the eight days were fulfilled for His circumcision, He was given the name JESUS, as He had been already named by the angels, before He ... Read More »

The Orthodox Celebration of Christmas

By Professor Ioannis Foundoulis Preamble: In a few days we will celebrate the great Feast of the Christian world, the Feast of Christmas. The Church will bring once again before the eyes of our soul the event of the birth of the Lord and will summon us to venerate together with the shepherds and the magi the newly-born King and ... Read More »

Western Christmas Carols and the Orthodox Liturgy

By “Orthodoxy and the World” Dec 24, 2010 Christmas carols have a deep connection to the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord in western countries, but today one can meet different attitudes toward them among clergy. There are parishes where a priest refuses to use them during or after the Nativity service, and there are priests who allow them ... Read More »