Archive: Eastern Orthodoxy

 
One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church

Should the Orthodox church be in dialogue with the Roman Catholic one? Emphatically, yes. Will we reunite? It would take a miracle.


By Fr. Patrick Reardon


09/26/2000

Let's Keep Our Distance

For Orthodox leaders to engage in dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church is both futile and dangerous


By Frank Schaeffer


09/26/2000

Check One: Male, Female, Transgendered

Christians must treat the transgendered with compassion, but also protect the church's right to believe in treatment for gender confusion.


By Deborah Belonick


09/17/2000

You Might Be An Orthodox Christian If...

If you suspect you may be Orthodox, read through our list of signs that you are and see how you match up.


09/10/2000

Homosexuality and the Church

"Will the Orthodox Church accept me even though I'm gay?" Father Ted Stylianopoulos responds.


09/08/2000

The Search for a Consistent Life Ethic

U.S. voters who oppose the death penalty, abortion, euthanasia, and guns have nowhere to turn.


Fr. John Breck


08/20/2000

What to Remember During the 'Forgotten Fast'

Since Orthodox Christians fast for about half the calendar year, let's make sure we know why we do it.


Fr. Peter Gillquist


08/02/2000

The Dormition of the Mother of God

Hymns and readings for the feast.


08/01/2000

Giants Among Men

What's the scoop with the 'giants' described in Genesis?


Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos


07/21/2000

Holy Heartthrobs

What do some romance novels have in common with Scripture? Both celebrate feminine wisdom


Deborah Belonick


07/20/2000

Conversion Factors

It's OK to proselytize, but there are times when it's kinder to refrain


Frederica Mathewes-Green


07/13/2000

Self-Identity and the Son of God

When did Jesus know he was the Son of God? Did Mary have to tell him? Fr. Ted responds.


Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos


07/13/2000

Porn and Profits: Where to From Here?

Porn is a good example of why, even in a free-market nation, profitability doesn't make something right. So why are churches eerily silent on the issue?


Fr. John Breck


07/02/2000

The Feast of All Saints

Hymns and readings for the Sunday following Pentecost


06/12/2000

Befriending a Cockroach

While imprisoned in a communist concentration camp, this Orthodox priest saved his language ability by befriending one of God's smallest creatures.


Frederica Mathewes-Green


06/11/2000

How Can College Students Keep the Faith?

Considering the rampant secularism in American universities, what can students do to protect themselves?


Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos


06/13/2000

What Would Jesus Do for Women?

Jesus challenged many taboos that limited women in his time. Has his church followed through?


Deborah Belonick


05/23/2000

The Feast of Pentecost

Hymns and reading for the Sunday often called the "birthday of the Church"


05/11/2000

Ask Father Ted: Reader Responses

Fr. Ted answers questions about his previous columns on the Church's view towards the heterodox, prayer to the saints, and why God allows suffering.


Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos


05/11/2000

Let's Hear it for Hierarchy

Democracy may work for countries, but it's not necessarily right for the Church


Fr. Peter Gillquist


05/09/2000

Waiting in Joyful Hope

Meditating on birth, death and ressurection while making kolliva


Mary Sawyer


04/27/2000

How to Make Kolliva

Recipe for the wheat berry dish traditionally used at Orthodox memorial services


Frederica Mathewes-Green


04/27/2000

Christ is Risen!

Selected hymns from the Paschal services


04/27/2000

The Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom

A powerful 4th century meditation on the Ressurection that resounds today


04/27/2000

Holy Week Prayers

Selected hymns from services the week before Pascha


04/25/2000

Saying Yes to Soy

An Orthodox Christian's guide to Lenten dietary adjustments


04/22/2000

Lenten Loopholes

The fast is a time for spiritual struggles, but what are all these "Tastes just like meat!" soy products doing in my fridge?


Rdr. Philip Kontos


04/21/2000

Palm Sunday

Hymns, readings, and the icon for the Feast of the Entry into Jerusalem


04/18/2000

Ask Fr. Ted: On Cursing

Is There a List of Curse Words in the Bible? What do the Scriptures say about cursing?


Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos


04/17/2000

A Modern-Day Myrrh-Bearer

Each year on Holy Friday, a woman with Down's syndrome lived the tragic mystery of the Passion as most of us never can


Fr. John Breck


04/13/2000

Ask Fr. Ted: On Non-Orthodox Baptisms

Does Orthodoxy consider the baptisms of other Trinitarian groups to be valid?


Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos


04/06/2000

St. Gregory Palamas Sunday

Hymns and readings for the second Sunday of Great Lent


03/30/2000

Jesus-- Christus, Christa, Christum

An all-inclusive depiction of Jesus is more about the unity of human nature than the Word of God.


Deborah Belonick


03/28/2000

Orthodox Christians in a Feel-Good Society

Just as no one mistakes a Marine drill instructor for an entertainer, no one should mistake us for people-pleasing consumers


Frank Schaeffer


03/25/2000

Ask Fr. Ted: On Divorce

What is the Orthodox position on divorce and remarriage?


Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos


03/25/2000

Passions Happen

Emotions are not bad, but they can be directed towards the wrong things


Deborah Belonick


03/25/2000

Ask Fr. Ted: On the Heterodox

How does the Orthodox Church view non-Orthodox Christians?


Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos


03/21/2000

Journey Into Orthodox Christian Lent

The Orthodox Church's 'Forgiveness Vespers' is an exhilarating kick-start for a time that will just get harder.


Frederica Mathewes-Green


03/14/2000

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Hymns and Scripture Readings for the last Sunday before Lent


02/24/2000

Ask Fr. Ted

In whose name did John the Baptist baptize? Was it valid? Fr. Ted responds


02/23/2000


Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos

The Greatest Love

On Valentine's Day we celebrate something called love, but true love in the Christian understanding is a very different thing


02/12/2000


Fr. John Mack

Not-So-Funny Valentines

Women and men deserve a relationship based on self-sacrificial love, not one where sex is used as a bargaining chip


02/12/2000


Deborah Belonick

Ask Fr. Ted

What do Orthodox believe regarding Jesus's admonition to Peter that on him He will build His church? Fr. Ted responds


02/09/2000


Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos

When Preaching was Pure Poetry

Think you know the kontakion? There's more to this one-stanza hymn than meets the ear


02/09/2000


Mickey Hodges

The Meeting of our Lord

Hymns and Readings for the feast of the Meeting, or Presentation of the Lord in the temple


02/02/2000

Ask Fr. Ted

Why do we call Mary "ever-virgin"? Isn't it more impressive when viewed as an ordinary girl chosen for an extraordinary task? Fr. Ted responds


02/02/2000


Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos

Church Without Cheerios

Children practice their times tables. They practice for sports. Why should church be any different?


02/02/2000


Mary Sawyer

History's Bible Answer Man

St. Vincent of Lerins taught that if a religious practice is carried out 'always, everywhere, and by all,' it's the real thing


02/02/2000


Fr. Peter Gillquist

Killing Seven to Save One

In light of the tragic story of the septuplets, now is a good time for abortion proponents and opponents to shut up


02/01/2000


Frederica Mathewes-Green

The Mercy of Confession

Parts of me, unlike my thinning hair, are going to last for eternity. I don't want them to stay the way they are


01/26/2000


Terry Mattingly

Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs

Hymns and Scripture Readings for the Feast


01/25/2000

The Lost Generation

For teens at the Rock for Life concert, the abortion debate was over. But the issue wasn't


01/22/2000


Frederica Mathewes-Green

Rediscovering Mary at the Mall

Amid shopping bustle, an icon of the Virgin Mary stands out


01/20/2000


Deborah Belonick

Ask Fr. Ted

Will my cat go to heaven? Fr. Ted responds


01/19/2000


Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos

Ask Fr. Ted

What does Eastern Orthodoxy teach about the millennium? Fr. Ted responds


01/12/2000


Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos

Millennial Angst

Year 2000 doomsaying is not a trivial matter- it belies a dangerous sin


01/12/2000


Fr. John Breck

The Other Side of the Pulpit

What's it like to give your first sermon? Hold onto your hat!


01/12/2000


George Aquaro

The Theophany of our Lord

Hymns, readings and icon for the feast of Theophany, Jan. 6/19


01/12/2000

The Dark Side of the Moon

If today's artists are lucky, they can make a working-class Catholic grandmother cry


01/11/2000


Frederica Mathewes-Green

Albania: An Incredible Turnaround

When the Church functions rightly, there is absolutely nothing like her on the face of the earth


01/10/2000


Fr. Peter Gillquist

No Chipmunks, Please, we're Orthodox

Musings on the benefits of an Old Calendar Christmas


01/04/2000


Rdr. Philip Kontos

Ask Fr. Ted

How can Orthodox people pray to saints, and expect them to influence Christ? Fr. Ted responds


12/23/1999


Fr. Ted Stylianopoulos

Celebrating the Nativity Orthodox-style

How do we treat our western holiday traditions in an Eastern Faith?


12/23/1999


Fr. John Mack

Christmas in a Thrift Shop

Our cultural artifacts tell us a lot about what we value


12/23/1999


Frederica Mathewes-Green

The Human Person: Irreducible and Unrepeatable

Reexamining recent medical achievements and the bioethical questions they raise


12/23/1999


Fr. John Breck

Just How Jolly?

Yes, there is a St. Nicholas, but he wasn't the jovial fellow most people imagine


12/23/1999


Terry Mattingly

The Nativity of Our Lord

Hymns, Scripture readings and icon for the Feast of the Nativity


12/23/1999

St. Herman, Enlightener of Alaska

The wonder-working saint was the first missionary to the Aleuts


12/23/1999


Herman Tristam Engelhardt

God as Suffering Parent

The greatest love humans know is parental love, and it most closely resembles God's love for us


12/13/1999


Frederica Mathewes-Green

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