The Monastic Grades

The Monastic Grades When one desiring the monastic life enters a monastery, he normally passes through three steps or stages: 1) Probationer (Novice including Riasaphor), […] Read More

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments After the Exodus from Egyptian slavery (Ex. 14), the Children of Israel encamped at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Moses went up […] Read More

The Symbol of Faith

The Symbol of Faith The Creed, sung during the Divine Liturgy, is one of the most ancient prayers of the Orthodox Church. It was composed, […] Read More

The Mother of God

The Mother of God The Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. In the theology and piety of the Orthodox Church, a special place of honor is […] Read More

The Christian Ethic

The Christian Ethic The Sermon delivered by our Savior on the Mount was preceded by two significant meetings, one with His secret disciple, Nicodemus (John […] Read More

The Beatitudes

The Beatitudes 1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. The Beatitudes can be viewed as a single system […] Read More

Holy Tradition

Holy Tradition One of the distinctive characteristics of the Holy Orthodox Church is its changelessness, its loyalty to the past, its sense of living continuity […] Read More

Other Orthodox Feasts

Various Other Feasts In addition to the Holy Pascha of the Lord, and the Twelve Great Feasts, there are several other Feasts ranking in importance […] Read More

The Twelve Great Feasts

The Twelve Great Feasts Great Feasts of the Fixed Cycle. The Nativity of the Most-Holy Theotokos (Sept. 8) The first Great Feast to fall in […] Read More