The Church is One. This is the first definition that the Church gave Herself in the Creed. One God, One Faith and One Church. In our current days for many people, this initial self-definition by the Church has become incomprehensible and even forgotten. The Church is one, but it has two parts: on earth its […]
For from death to life and from earth to heaven has Christ our God led us as we sing the song of victory: Christ is risen from the dead! (Hymn of Pascha) Great Lent is a spiritual journey. At the beginning of Lent, we began reading the Book of Genesis. We were expelled with Eve […]
CHRIST IS RISEN! This video is from our first Pascha in Greece (2008) at the Church of St. Anthony the Great in Thessaloniki. Fr. Theodore Zisis is the priest. This post is set to publish at midnight Newfoundland Time (at least it’s supposed to). Our little Holy Lady of Vladimir Mission, currently occupying a townhouse as a chapel […]
For my fellow Orthodox Christians and Western Christians who celebrate with you, may you all have a blessed Paschal Feast. Christ is Risen!
A video for Holy Saturday.
St. Romanos the Melodist (6th Century) wrote countless hymns, poems and prayers, some of which are still in use in the liturgical services and feasts of the Orthodox Church to this day. Here is a prayer he composed as part of a longer hymn for the feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the […]
Thanks to a combination of good genes, a pretty decent lifestyle, an iron will to keep pushing along no matter what challenges beset me, and good health (thanks be to God), I don’t plan on leaving this mortal coil for a long, long time but if I do, this would be the song I would request to be played at my funeral liturgy. Amen.
Thanks to Fr. Ted for this illuminating, if brief, history on icons as used by the Eastern Orthodox Church.
“Compared to metal and mosaic icons, the painted wooden icon is perhaps the longest lived subcategory of the Byzantine artistic medium of portable devotional icons. The earliest collection of wooden painted icons is found at St. Catherine Monastery in Sinai: some twenty-seven pieces dated to the sixth through seventh centuries. They are all painted in […]
A great post on why Apostolic Christians are not Nestorians. Many thanks to Marcelo P. Souza for this post.
Approved by the Council of Ephesus, AD 431.
“To the most religious and beloved of God, fellow minister Nestorius, Cyril sends greeting in the Lord . . .
The holy and great Synod therefore says, that the only begotten Son, born according to nature of God the Father, very God of very God, Light of Light, by whom the Father made all things, came down, and was incarnate, and was made man, suffered, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven. These words and these decrees we ought to follow, considering what is meant by the Word of God being incarnate and made man.
For we do not say that the nature of the Word was changed and became flesh, or that it was converted into a whole man consisting of soul and body; but rather that the Word having personally united to himself flesh animated by a…
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