An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith

BOOK IV CHAPTER IXSt. John of Damascus – Concerning Faith and BaptismWe confess one baptism for the remission of sins and for life eternal. For baptism declares the Lord’s death. We are indeed “buried with the Lord through baptism,” as saith the divine Apostle. So then, as our Lord died once for all, we also [...]

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The Services of Christmas in the Orthodox Church

Protopresbyter Alexander SchmemannThe Nativity Cycle As Orthodox Christians, we begin the celebration of the Nativity of Christ — on December 25 — with a time of preparation. Forty days before the feast of the birth of Our Lord we enter the period of the Christmas Fast: to purify both soul and body to enter properly [...]

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The Nativity Fast

As we enter into the Nativity Fast for the next forty days we will enter into the arena of struggle in anticipation of our Savior's birth. We will seek to disengage ourselves from our attachment to all earthly things so that we might receive Him who comes. We will seek to awaken within ourselves a [...]

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Don’t Pre-Celebrate Christmas!

by Fr. Andrew George, edited for Orthodox Family Life by Phyllis Meshel Onest The Advent Season, which began for us on November 15/28, is a time for anticipating the "Good News" of the Lord's Birth. As with all things in life, Scripture reminds us that we must be careful of being "in the world, but not of [...]

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The Churching of Women

Kathryn WehrA few months ago I witnessed my first “Churching” – a liturgy said for a new mother when she returns to church, usually 40 days after the birth of her child. Often it is done just before the child’s baptism. The mother waited with her infant daughter at the back door of the church, [...]

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إدخال الطفل إلى الكنيسة

درجت العادة في كنيستنا أن تأتي الأم مع طفلها بعد مرور أربعين يوما على ولادته، ليدخل معها الى الكنيسة التي رتبت خدمة لقبولهما معاً في الاحتفال الشكري. يرافق هذا الطقس بعض الاشكالات: هل هو دخول للطفل الى الكنيسة أم هو دخول الأم اليها أم هو دخول لكليهما؟ وما هو مغزى الإدخال الى الكنيسة؟في كتاب "مختصر [...]

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How To Set Up a Home Prayer Corner

We offer for your consideration the article by Serge Alexeev, and hope that in it our readers will find answers to the questions most frequently posed. The article has been abridged.• Where to place icons at home?• Which icons should you have at home?• How and in what order should you arrange your icons?Are there [...]

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TEACHINGS OFTHE ORTHODOX CHURCH

Rev. Thomas FitzgeraldThe Orthodox Church throughout the ages has maintained a continuity of faith and love with the apostolic community which was founded by Christ and sustained by the Holy Spirit. Orthodoxy believes that she has preserved and taught the historic Christian Faith, free from error and distortion, from the time of the Apostles. She [...]

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What the Holy Communion Meansto Me

Written by Right Revd. Nicholas The Sacrament of the Holy Communion means to me the intimate, unrestricted love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the dwelling and enthronement of the Lord in my heart, the union of my soul and body in my moral regeneration and salvation as a worthy communicant.I believe and feel and [...]

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المناولة المقدسة والاعترافالميتروبوليت إيروثيوس فلاخوس

نقلها إلى العربية الأب أنطوان ملكيمختارات من نقاش بين طلاب أكاديمية موسكو اللاهوتية والميتروبوليت إيروثيوس فلاخوس، في لافرا القديس سرجيوس.سؤال: كمّ مرّة في السنة ينبغي أن يتناول الإنسان؟ هل الاعتراف مرتبط بالضرورة بالمناولة المقدّسة؟جواب: مطلقاً، ليست المناولة مرتبطة بالاعتراف. في الكنيسة قديماً، كان الناس يحملون نعمة الرب في داخلهم، أي كانوا في حالة من استنارة النوس وبالطبع [...]

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