Liturgical

Icon of the Mother of God “the Surety of Sinners”

Icon of the Mother of God "the Surety of Sinners"  Commemorated on March 7 (also commemorated on May 29) The Icon of the Mother of God “Surety of Sinners” is known by this name because of the inscription on the icon: “I am the Surety of sinners for My Son Who has entrusted Me to [...]

By |2020-07-03T10:05:57-07:00August 8th, 2011|Belief & History, Liturgical, Sacred Art, Saints, Theotokos|Comments Off on Icon of the Mother of God “the Surety of Sinners”

House of God

House of God: An Explanation of the Interior of Orthodox Churches by Rev. Thomas Fitzgerald The visitor to an Orthodox Church is usually impressed by the unique features and the external differences between this place of worship and those of the various traditions of Western Christianity. The rich color, distinctive iconography and beauty of the [...]

By |2020-07-03T10:05:57-07:00July 31st, 2011|Belief & History, Christian Education, Liturgical|Comments Off on House of God

A COMMENTARY ON THE DIVINE LITURGY

A COMMENTARY ON THE DIVINE LITURGY    Introduction The Divine Liturgy is divided into three parts: 1. The "Proskomidi", or preparation of the Holy Gifts. (Not visible to the Faithful). 2. The "Liturgy of the Catechumens", (the students or learners of the faith). 3. The "Liturgy of the Faithful", (Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist). Priest [...]

By |2020-07-03T10:05:57-07:00July 28th, 2011|Belief & History, Christian Education, Liturgical, Sacraments|Comments Off on A COMMENTARY ON THE DIVINE LITURGY

Holy Martyr Christina

July 24 _. † Holy Martyr Christina Born in Tyre, she was the daughter of a rich and famous pagan. Having known the true faith, she destroyed the idols in the house of her father and she was turned over by him as a Christian woman to the most terrible tortures. St. Christina was beaten, [...]

By |2020-07-03T10:05:57-07:00July 23rd, 2011|Belief & History, Christian Education, Liturgical, Saints|Comments Off on Holy Martyr Christina

The Candles and Their Symbolism

The Candles and Their Symbolism Lit candles and Icon lamps (lampadas) have a special symbolic meaning in the Christian Church, and no Christian service can be held without them. In the Old Testament, when the first temple of God was built on earth the Tabernacle services were held in it with lamps as the Lord [...]

By |2020-07-03T10:05:58-07:00July 21st, 2011|Belief & History, Christian Education, Liturgical|Comments Off on The Candles and Their Symbolism

LITURGICAL TERMS AND THEIR DEFINITIONS

LITURGICAL TERMS   AND THEIR DEFINITIONS  1. ADVENT  -It is of Latin origin, meaning `coming or `arrival, and is used in reference to the coming of Christ at the time of and preparation for His Nativity.  2. AER - -The largest of the three veils used to cover the diskarion and Chalice.  3. AKATHISTOS -A [...]

By |2020-07-03T10:05:58-07:00July 18th, 2011|Belief & History, Christian Education, Liturgical, Sacred Art|Comments Off on LITURGICAL TERMS AND THEIR DEFINITIONS

The Fast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos

The Fast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos  For the first fourteen days of August during each year, the Holy Orthodox Church enters into a strict fast period in honor of the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary. The eminent Orthodox theologian, Father Sergei Bulgakov, beautifully expresses the high regard which the Orthodox Christians [...]

By |2020-07-03T10:06:02-07:00July 15th, 2011|Christian Education, Feasts & Seasons, Liturgical, Theotokos|Comments Off on The Fast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos

All About Bells

All About Bells by Natalie Ashanin Does your church have a bell? More than one? Do you know when it is rung and why? Although bells are not as important in our daily life as they once were, they are still all around us. If we stop to think about it, we hear them from [...]

By |2020-07-03T10:06:02-07:00July 13th, 2011|Christian Education, Liturgical|Comments Off on All About Bells

Come Forth and be Holy!

Sermon Delivered by His Grace, Bishop Demetri at the 2002 Clergy Symposium, Antiochian Village, PA. Come Forth and be Holy!  (+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: One God!)  Priests & Deacons of the Most High God û Come forth!           As you know, this is the [...]

By |2020-07-03T10:06:03-07:00July 12th, 2011|Liturgical, Priesthood, Speeches & Homilies|Comments Off on Come Forth and be Holy!