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Orthodox Apologetics

The Holy Orthodox Church

January 28, 2011

The Orthodox Church is the one true Catholic, Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Orthodox Church has maintained the right Apostolic succession without any breakage. Orthodox Church has the large number of Martyrs who have given their life for Jesus Christ. Millions of Orthodox Christians lost their lives during the attack of […]

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On Standing in Church

December 25, 2009

By the Very Rev. John Ealy It is always difficult in these relativistic times, when the only heresy is to speak of heresy, to present the Orthodox teaching about the completeness of our faith. It comes across often as arrogance when in fact we do not mean that we are anything special at all, we […]

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Christmas Tree.. Pagan???

December 25, 2009

In Defence of the Christmas Tree By Father Daniel Daly Several years ago during the Christmas season, a religious program on television caught my attention. The program featured a discussion on the dangers of cults, especially to young people. I found myself agreeing with the panelists as they warned young people about the hazards of […]

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“What an Altar denotes?

December 25, 2009

What is performed in the Altar? How do we relate the present day Altar to the Old times? ” 1. The altar was a place of sacrifice 2. The cross is a place of sacrifice 3. A blood sacrifice was required, the New Testament, our blood atonement is Jesus instead of animals A.. The altar […]

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What is being “Born Again”?

October 31, 2009

Many Protestants say our Infant Baptism is not enough and that it is invalid. They say one must be “Born Again” to be truly Baptised. If you ask them what Born Again means, they will tell you it is the Intellectual Conformance to the Gospel. For them it is a mere mental/intellectual process that flows […]

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Why Orthodox Church is the TRUE FAITH and the BEST!!

October 31, 2009

1)Orthodox Christianity is the True Biblical Faith having the Right Interpretations of Scripture(ORTHA_DOXA meaning “Right Doctrine”) given to us by the Early Church Fathers before 400 Ad, when the Christian Church was One/Single and United! We follow ancient biblical practices like Infant Baptism, Intercession of Saints, Infant Communion, Icons, 7 Sacraments, Christian Prayer Cycle etc. […]

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Should women be allowed to serve at the altar?

October 31, 2009

Should women be allowed to serve at the altar? (Dec. ’01) He Said by Denny Bojrab Should women be able to serve at the altar? “Oh boy” was my reaction. Should I be liberal or follow what my grandfather had taught me — how should I base my opinion? I turned to Scripture and tradition […]

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THE FRUIT OF PRIESTHOOD The Skull Cap of the Syrian Priesthood

October 31, 2009

On many occasions I was asked about the significance of the skull cap worn by the priests of the Syrian Church, both in the Middle East and in India. Recently there were some inquiries about it by our readers. Hence we are trying to educate our readers about the relevance of skull caps worn by […]

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Easter Eggs

June 27, 2009

Why do we have Easter Eggs? ANSWER: Faith is always enriched by symbols taken from God’s creation – think about water, blood, fruits, grains, bread, lamb, smoke, color, gold, light; all these things have been used in Biblical worship, including at the time of Christ. Eggs are of course a natural symbol of life and […]

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

June 27, 2009

Do you Orthodox believe in the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin which is a Roman Catholic dogma? ANSWER: Orthodox Christians observe the feast of the Dormition or Falling Asleep of the Theotokos on the same day (adjusted to calendar if applicable) as the Roman Catholic Church, and some Orthodox parish are named “Assumption of the […]

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Staff of Bishops

June 22, 2009

Orthodox bishops have a strange staff with two snakes around a cross. What does it mean? Is is not an evil symbol? The episcopal staff has the cross of Christ with two snakes and this may seem disconcerting. There are actual two explanations for this symbolism. The staff reminds us to the brass serpent erected […]

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Some Miraculous Icons of the Blessed Virgin Mary

June 22, 2009

It is customary to name the miraculous icons of the Virgin Mary according to the towns in which they originated. The Vladimirskaya Icon is one of the most ancient miraculous icons of the Mother of God. In the middle of the 5th century the Icon was transported from Jerusalem to Constantinople, and in the middle […]

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The Blessed Virgin Mary

June 22, 2009

Fervent Defender of Christians Bishop Alexander (Mileant) Content: Honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Life of the Virgin Mary. Contemporary Appearances of the Mother of God. Some Miraculous Icons of the Blessed Mary. Prayers to the Virgin Mary. Honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary “All creatures, the assembly of Angels and the human race rejoice in […]

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The Ever-Virgin-Mother of God

June 22, 2009

The teaching about Virgin Mary. The whole dogmatic teaching about our Lady can be condensed into these two names of hers: the Mother of God (Theotokos) and the Ever-Virgin (aiparthenos). Both names have the formal authority of the Church Universal, an ecumenical authority indeed. The Virgin Birth is plainly attested in the New Testament and […]

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Illustrious saints and characters of the Church

June 20, 2009

St. Ephrem the Syrian. (Ephraim) http://orthodoxwiki.org/Ephrem_the_Syrian “Our Righteous Father Ephrem the Syrian was a prolific Syriac language hymn writer and theologian of the 4th century. He is venerated by Christians throughout the world, but especially among Syriac Christians, as a saint. His feast day in the Orthodox Church is January 28. Ephrem was born around […]

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The Holy Orthodox Church

June 20, 2009

The Orthodox Church is the one true Catholic, Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Orthodox Church has maintained the right Apostolic succession without any breakage. Orthodox Church has the large number of Martyrs who have given their life for Jesus Christ. Millions of Orthodox Christians lost their lives during the attack of […]

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