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The Orthodox Church

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The Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church is the ancient Christian Church tracing its roots back to Jesus Christ and His Apostles. The Church embodies and expresses the rich spiritual treasures of Eastern Christianity. Historically, the Gospel of Christ was first preached and the first Christian Communities were established in the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. On Pentecost Day, […]

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The structure of an Orthodox Church

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The structure of an Orthodox Church

You can see below the structure of a typical Orthodox Church. The interior of the Holy Altar. The Iconostasis

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Orthodox Christian Belief

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Orthodox Christian Belief

Dogma – God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us; blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hymn from Orthros. The foundation of Christian doctrine, that is, a religious truth issuing from divine revelation and indisputably defined by the Church, is God’s revelation to humanity. The fullness of His self-revelation […]

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THE MISSION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

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THE MISSION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit was not revealed in the same manner in which the Son was revealed; He remains unapproachable to man. He is however recognized in His divine energies, through the gifts which He bestows upon the faithful. He is “the treasury of good things and the bestower of life”, according to the prayer of […]

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Introduction: Christianity as a Church throughout History

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Introduction: Christianity as a Church throughout History

1. The origin and the revealing of the Church The characterization of the Church by the Apostle Paul as the “Body of Christ” and Christ as Her “Head” (Coloss.1, 24:18) brought the Church into a direct association with Christ. Being joined to the eternal Logos of God, the Church is likewise eternal and pre-existent before […]

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The redemptive dialogue between created and uncreated in history

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The redemptive dialogue between created and uncreated in history

History, according to one point of view, is the eternal “carriage of world reality”, which takes every man from the first moment of his life, and transports him to his eternal destination. Man, as a persona, i.e. a God-created, free being, deposits his acts (RES GESTAE) in History and at the same time he self-actualizes […]

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Preface

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Preface

Several years ago I had compiled a number of my studies, which had originally been written in German for poemantic purposes, as an aid for German visitors in Greece, who desired to learn about the Orthodox faith and tradition. That book, “LEBEN IM LEIBE CHRISTI” (Life in the Body of Christ), Athens 1990, and its […]

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In Prayer and Fasting

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In Prayer and Fasting

In Prayer and Fasting (Worship and Ascesis as the coordinates of Orthodox spiritual living) 1.  Spiritual life and ecclesiastic theology The composition of the Church’s life – in its local and its universal manifestation – has a unique and steadfast objective: to be the members’ path towards theosis (deification); the “thorough” (1 Thess. 5:23) incorporation […]

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Philokalian Distinction Between Orthodoxy and Heresy

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Philokalian Distinction Between Orthodoxy and Heresy

1.   Introduction It is a known fact that a precise definition of Orthodoxy as a Church is impossible, because “Orthodoxy-Church” is a Divine-human magnitude and, as far as its divine element is concerned, it supersedes every intellectual-logical conception. So, if we wished to somehow define Orthodoxy, we could say the following:  Orthodoxy is the presence […]

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Paradise and Hell according to Orthodox Tradition

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Paradise and Hell according to Orthodox Tradition

On the Last Sunday of Lent “we commemorate the Second and Incorruptible Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”.  The expression “we commemorate” of the Book of Saints confirms that our Church, as the Body of Christ, re-enacts in its worship the Second Coming of Christ as an “event” and not just something that is historically […]

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