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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 »

THE HOLY THEOPHANY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

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 »

ON THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

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 »

DIATRIBE: HOLY WEEK

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures; and that He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve; after that, He was seen of above five ... Read More »

ICONOGRAPHY – A STATEMENT OF IMAGE

Introduction In recent times, there has been a subtle but noticeable trend of Byzantine iconography manifesting itself within the decor of Roman Catholic and Protestant churches all around the world. To the discerning Orthodox Christian observer, initially there is joy at the fact that other fellow Christians are adopting and using iconography as an expression of faith, and thus serve ... Read More »

A SELECTION FROM: “ON THE APOSTOLIC TRADITION” – BY HIPPOLYTUS

Foreword In the early formative years of the spread of Christianity beyond its Palestinian-Jewish context, there lived a Greek who was a presbyter (priest) that ministered to the Christian congregations of Imperial 3rd century Rome. It seems that the Faith was growing within this great and powerful city, and it seems that like any good minister of Christ, Hippolytus sought ... Read More »

A Pertinent Reflection: The Need to Rediscover and Learn of Christianity’s Mystagogical Character

Prologue Not too long ago at Mode Of Life we received a comment on one of our published articles from one of the weblog’s visitors which expressed the following: “Salvation by grace; sanctification by aesthetic practices of Orthodox traditions. Really!!! Gal. 3:3 Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? For did you suffer so ... Read More »