From The Rudder, compiled by St. Nikodemos. It is not necessary to anoint the holy icons with myron (or chrism oil), nor to have them sanctified…
Monthly Archive: November 2012
A Simplified Timeline of Church History
The Orthodox Church is the true Church founded by our Lord Jesus Christ. The Orthodox Church of today traces her history back to the New Testament Church in an unbroken continuity. The Apostles, as our Lord commanded, preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ and founded churches in the entire then-known world. Under the direction of the Apostles and their successors, whom they appointed to carry on their mission, the Orthodox Church grew and expanded. In all the cities and towns where the Apostles traveled, they appointed bishops to continue to minister to the faithful, before leaving on their missionary journeys. As the Church continued to grow, the bishops in turn appointed priests and deacons to help them with their flock.
By Metropolitan Ierotheos Vlahos. Orthodox spirituality differs distinctly from any other “spirituality” of an eastern or western type. There can be no confusion among the various spiritualities, because Orthodox spirituality is God-centered, whereas all others are man-centered.
By Fr. John Romanides. If one is to vigorously and consistently maintain that Jesus Christ is the unique Savior Who has brought salvation to a world in need of salvation, one obviously must know what is the nature of the need which provoked this salvation.
What are the characteristics of the Church? Do all groups, in fact, comprise the Church? If so, why are there so many differences, even contradictions between them? What is ultimately the relationship between Orthodoxy and the other religious groups?
To be a Christian does not mean simply holding a certain set of beliefs; it means belonging to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Orthodoxy is not a particular Christian confession, but has a general and trans-temporal character. Orthodoxy was not created by abstractions and divisions, but is the single and unified truth. It is the truth of the Church, the truth of the body of Christ, which is shared and not divided, which is distributed and unifies.