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Saint John Chrysostom: On the Holy Theophany

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Saint John Chrysostom: On the Holy Theophany

We shall now say something about the present feast. Many celebrate the feastdays and know their designations, but the cause for which they were established they know not. Thus concerning this, that the present feast is called Theophany — everyone knows; but what this is — Theophany, and whether it be one thing or another, […]

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Epiphany in Eastern and Western Christianity

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Epiphany in Eastern and Western Christianity

1. THE FEAST OF EPIPHANY. On the 6th of January Eastern Orthodox and Western Christians celebrated the great Feast of Epiphany (Western) or Theophany (Eastern). This Feast introduced a new period of liturgical celebration, which is still with us – a celebration that goes right back to Christian beginnings and opens up the meaning of […]

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The Baptism of Christ and the Baptism of the Christians

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The Baptism of Christ and the Baptism of the Christians

PREAMBLE: The Month of January is marked by the Great Dominical Feast of Theophany (or Epiphany), which commemorates the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ. This provides us with the occasion to consider both the Baptism of our Lord and also our own Baptism. The text published here is from Bishop Theophilos of Campania. Bishop […]

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Theophany of Epiphany

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Theophany of Epiphany

1. Theophany or Epiphany and Christmas. Theophany is one of the great Feasts of the Lord of the ecclesiastical year. It is also called Epiphany and the Day of Lights and is celebrated on the 6th of January. The names of this Feast indicate the understanding of the ancient Church concerning this Feast. This understanding […]

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Saint Basil the Great and the custom of Saint Basil’s Pie

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Saint Basil the Great and the custom of Saint Basil’s Pie

St. Basil the Great Celebrated January 1st  Very few of us realize that the beginning of the Church calendar does not start on January 1st. Actually, our Church calendar begins on September 1st. In our daily living, however, with our friends and neighbors and our society, our year begins on January 1st. This is […]

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Timeline of the Orthodox Church-1st Millennium

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Timeline of the Orthodox Church-1st Millennium

Timeline of the Orthodox Church-1st Millennium by Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia  

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THE ORTHODOX CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS

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THE ORTHODOX CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS

Preamble: In a few days we will celebrate the great Feast of the Christian world, the Feast of Christmas. The Church will bring once again before the eyes of our soul the event of the birth of the Lord and will summon us to venerate together with the shepherds and the magi the newly-born King […]

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ON THE NATIVITY BY SAINT LEO THE GREAT OF ROME

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ON THE NATIVITY BY SAINT LEO THE GREAT OF ROME

I. All share in the joy of Christmas Our Saviour, dearly-beloved, was born today: let us be glad. For there is no proper place for sadness, when we keep the birthday of the Life, which destroys the fear of mortality and brings to us the joy of promised eternity. No one is kept from sharing […]

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THE NATIVITY SERMON OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

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THE NATIVITY SERMON OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

BEHOLD a new and wondrous mystery. My ears resound to the Shepherd’s song, piping no soft melody, but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn. The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory. All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead […]

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HOW DO ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS EVANGELIZE?

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HOW DO ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS EVANGELIZE?

A small business owner once told me of a guaranteed way to get rid of pesky telemarketers. “Whenever the salesman calls and immediately goes into his sales pitch,” he said, ” interrupt him and ask, ‘Are you a born again Christian?’ If he replies ‘No,’ you say, ‘Well, I am and I don’t deal with […]

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SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ON WHY THERE ARE IMPERFECTIONS IN THE WORLD

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SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ON WHY THERE ARE IMPERFECTIONS IN THE WORLD

But what is the sapient argument of the unbelievers, when we go over all these particulars with them; the magnitude, the beauty of the creation, the prodigality, the munificence everywhere displayed? This very thing, say they, is the worst fault, that God has made the world so beautiful and so vast. For if He had […]

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THE POSITION OF THE PRIESTS IN THE CHURCH

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THE POSITION OF THE PRIESTS IN THE CHURCH

In the Orthodox understanding of the Church there is no contradistinction between clergy and laity. Clergy and laity are necessary, because both are members in the Church, which is One Body, the Body of Christ, the unique Head of which is Christ Himself. Both clergy and laity are members in the Church, because they have […]

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