In this video, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick comments on 5 misconceptions people often have of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Misconception #1: The Orthodox Church is only for certain kinds of people (Greeks, Russians, etc.) Misconception #2: The Orthodox Church is the same as the Roman Catholic Church. –Some big differences include how we view church […]
What are relics and why do many Orthodox Churches have them? Relics are a piece of the bone of a sanctified person – a saint. Orthodox Christians believe that a persons physical body can be the receptacle of, and be effected by, God’s grace. Think of the story of Moses who, after an extended time […]
When an Eastern Orthodox Christian prays, he lights a candle and stands in front of some images mounted on the wall or sitting on a shelf. These images are of Jesus, Mary, and other saints. He may bow before the images or even kiss them. Because of this, Eastern Orthodox Christians are often accused of […]
Christians of other traditions are often hurt to find out that, if they approach the chalice for Holy Communion, the Orthodox priest will not commune them. This practice, of only communing members of the church, is called “Closed Communion.” Why do Orthodox Christians practice closed communion? Are Orthodox Christians being divisive by refusing to commune […]
The Sacrament of Confession is a great mystery. In Matthew 16:19, Jesus gives his disciples the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and goes on to explain that whatever they bind will be bound in heaven and whatever the loose will be loosed in heaven. Orthodox Christians are encouraged to live a life of perpetual […]
One of the differences between eastern and western Christianity is how we understand the atonement. In this short video, Frederica Mathewes-Green gives an overview of who Orthodox Christians understand the atonement. Check it out and let us know what you think.
This is important to understand. Anytime the gospel writers (or anyone, really, who lived before the invention of the lightbulb) talk about light, it is always connected to fire. God is light … God is a consuming fire. In this video, “Theosis IV: God as Light and Fire,” Frederica notes that, before a hundred or […]
In this fourth and final video, Fr. Jeremy Davis explains why it is important to “live with death in mind,” and how we can, in this life, prepare for death and the afterlife. He, like Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:13, mentions that we can grieve without despairing. We must remain mindful in our preparation for […]