ON THOMAS SUNDAY-SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT

Divine compassion brought it about in a wonderful way that when the doubting disciple touched the wounds in his Master’s body, he cured the wounds of our unbelief. Thomas’ unbelief was of more advantage to our faith than the faith of the believing disciples because when he was led back to faith by touching Jesus, […]

CELTIC ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY

The ancient Celtic Church had intimate ties with the same Desert Fathers of Egypt, Syria, and Palestine who fostered the ascetic literature and monasticism of the Byzantine and Slavic Orthodox Churches. This essay attempts to elucidate Celtic Christian spirituality and monasticism in the light of Orthodox Christian monastic and ascetic tradition. Specific points are illustrated […]

TRUE CHRISTIANITY: THE SOUL’S JOURNEY

This is the period for John’s Gospels, and you know how theologically rich he is… that’s how great he is – the Theologian, John the Theologian, the first one of the Church – and he was in fact referred to like that, because he was a student of Love: “…being replete with that Love, he […]

IS THE TEACHING OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH PLATONIC?

1. Introduction, and a general position of the Orthodox on the matter of Theology-Philosophy relations It is a fact that the question is often posed as to how Christianity related to ancient Hellenic philosophy and if the theological thought of the Church Fathers was influenced by Platonic philosophy, resulting in Orthodoxy adulterating the delivered Apostolic […]

SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM: THE DOUBT OF SAINT THOMAS

  John 20:24-25 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said, “Except I shall see in His hands — I will not believe.” 1. As to believe carelessly and in a random way, […]

RENEWAL SUNDAY:THOMAS SUNDAY

  The eighth day after Pascha as the ending of the celebration of Bright Week was a special celebration since ancient times, as if it replaced the very same Day of Pascha and was called Antipascha, and means “instead of Pascha”. From this day the cycle of Sundays and weeks of the entire year begins. […]

BRIGHT FRIDAY

  On Bright Friday, in addition to the normal Paskhal hymns and the hymns from the Octoechos, special stichera and a canon in honor of the Theotokos (Mother of God or Birthgiver of God) are chanted in commemoration of her Icon of the “Life-giving Spring.” The Life-giving Spring or Life-giving Font is both the feast […]