For almost a century, Communism attempted to remove the need for God from the soul of the Russian people, but failed. After emerging from the “cruel spiritual winter”, the Russian land produced new growth in the Orthodox Church, nourished by the blood of millions of new Christian Martyrs.
September 5, 2017 by Orthodox Witness
Elder Iakovos Tsalikis prayed fervently that Metropolitan Bartholomew would become Patriarch of Constantinople. Do we interpret this to mean that the Elder, who was seen as a holy man in the eyes of many Orthodox faithful, accepted the pan-heresy of ecumenism?
February 3, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
In absence of definite answers and scientific proofs to the big questions of life, we taunt God, and declare our self-sufficiency. How do answers provided by the Church settle our questioning minds without denying any true scientific finding?
January 13, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
As an Archon, you have taken a sworn oath “to defend and promote the Greek Orthodox faith and tradition…[and] protect and promote the Holy Patriarchate and its mission.” Are you sure that the faith proclaimed by Patriarch Bartholomew is the faith you have sworn to defend?
December 3, 2016 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Should Patriarch Bartholomew “walk together” with other religions or make disciples of them for the Lord? It’s one or the other. Here is our “play-by-play” commentary on a statement the Patriarch released at the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi.
December 2, 2016 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
By Archimandrite Maximos Karavas. How does God tolerate a blasphemer and heresiarch, called “the one who is rightly proclaiming the word of Truth” and does not send down fire to burn us—both those who commemorate him, and us who hear these words and do not protest?!
November 3, 2016 by Orthodox Witness
Indeed an extraordinary Being requires an extraordinary conception and birth! A Protestant may believe whatever s/he wants, but to be Orthodox a Christian must believe in the immaculate conception of Jesus Christ and the ever-virginity of the most holy Theotokos (Mother of God).
September 9, 2016 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
One would expect solid Orthodox material from an Orthodox Christian Department of Religious Education. Does the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s educational periodical dedicated to “Spiritual Disciplines” promote the New Age spirit expressed by Kyriakos Markides?
October 26, 2015 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Shortly after the June 26 Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, a friend emailed me an article with her own comment in two short monosyllabic words: “So sad.” My reply was a bit longer: “The world continues its course, and Orthodox Christianity its own. The two are diametrically opposed. There should be no surprise there.” I think we should add a few more thoughts on this important subject.
July 13, 2015 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
What should we do when we witness the acknowledged first-in-honor bishop of the Orthodox Church flagrantly violating the canons of the Church with common prayers and with statements that compromise the uniqueness of the Church?
March 4, 2015 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Zionist Jews, and with them many fundamentalist Bible thumpers, literally believe in the eternal covenant Yahweh made with them, 4,000 years ago. Today, the behavior of Israel towards the Palestinians over earthly lands resembles the Nazis. The persecuted have become the persecutors. How can it be? And how can it change?
August 10, 2014 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
“WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS” Are we? First in Jerusalem (May 27, 2014), and more recently in Rome (June 8, 2014), Patriarch Bartholomew hammers the message of universal brotherhood with intra-Christian and interfaith prayer services (which according to the canons of the Orthodox Church are prohibited) and with statements and declarations to that effect.
June 15, 2014 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
On Mother’s Day, together with our earthly mothers, we honor the mother of the Lord. She who is the mother of the head of the body is also mother of all the members of the body. In this post, we’ll take a look at the life of the Lord’s Mother depicted in holy icons.
May 9, 2014 by Orthodox Witness
Presenting our children to the Lord, whether they are male or female, first born or otherwise, is proper and commendable, but certain prayers in the Orthodox Churching service, taken from the Mosaic Law, should be eliminated from our prayer books!
February 1, 2014 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Centuries before our Savior was born, the prophets of the Old Testament, inspired by the Spirit of God, saw and proclaimed His Birth. David (1,000 B.C.), Micah and Isaiah (800-700 B.C.) wrote the first Christmas hymns before the birth of the Lord.
December 2, 2012 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Orthodox people view the Church as a spiritual hospital, a clinic, a hospice, a therapeutic center, and a fitness center—all combined in one! The aim of the treatment is to provide spiritual cure, maintain wellness for its patients (faithful members) and lead them to eternal life!
November 5, 2012 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis