Articles in the What we believe category

What does the Church say about war?

In this “Mini-study” from our book “The Heavenly Banquet”, questions about war are answered by the Saints and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

October 14, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

The way of the Cross

What differentiates the Orthodox Christian from the world is the Cross. How many Christians realize that the foundation of the Orthodox life is the Cross?

March 30, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Why is dogma important in my life?

Why do we Orthodox insist on teachings that divide us more than unite us? Do these dogmas make any difference in the way we live? What is a dogma anyhow?

June 8, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Three kinds of human blindness

There are three kinds of darkness: the physical darkness, the intellectual darkness and the spiritual darkness. We look briefly at all three.

May 10, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

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Themes and Significance of Holy Theophany

Through many special hymns and readings before and after the feast, the Church presents us with several themes which show the significance of Holy Thephany.

January 5, 2018 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

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Eastern Catholics: Why compromise? Be Authentic!

Eastern Catholics: There is no reason to remain attached to Rome. The mother Church will receive you with open arms. Free yourselves from the papal yoke.

October 22, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

The Eternal Beauty of the Church

Strengthen your faith in Christ and in His One Holy Church He founded. A Roman Catholic theologian pays tribute to the Orthodox Church.

October 15, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Are ALL Welcome?

The message “ALL ARE WELCOME” is displayed in front of non-Orthodox churches all across America. Is it right for Orthodox churches to admit everyone to our services?

October 6, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Move mountains with faith in Christ

Even a little faith in Jesus Christ can “move mountains”. What is this faith? And how do we acquire this “super-power”?

August 10, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Be all that you can be: TRANSFIGURED

Does modern man really understand himself? All of us have the potential to achieve true “self-actualization” which is to be transfigured and saved.

August 4, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Five loaves of bread feeds thousands! — 8th Sunday of Matthew

Miracles happen. Are these supera-natural marvels “coincidence”, the result of “self-suggestion”, or is our Creator behind them?

July 27, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

The Lord “ignores” the two blind men – 7th Sunday of Matthew

When our prayers seem to go unanswered, do we lose faith or persist like the blind men? They received their sight.

July 22, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

Are you falling prey to false teachings? — 5th Sunday of Matthew

Have you invited Jesus into your heart? Have you been told to confess the Lord with your lips? Take responsibility for what you believe, do and say!

July 8, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

An Outsider who Made it In – 4th Sunday of Matthew

If we Orthodox Christians, the New Israel, turn our backs to God, He will fill His heavenly mansions with the innocent from heresy, schism and false belief.

July 1, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

The Uniqueness of Our Faith

Our multi-culture world has created many religions which are being sewn together into a charming tapestry. Is the true Church a part of it? Absolutely not.

June 28, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

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“Come and See” the true Church

Is the Orthodox Church a cold, worldly organization, or the source of true light, theology, Grace, and Uncreated Energy of the Holy Spirit in the world?

March 25, 2017 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

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The Fall of Adam & Eve — a talk by Fr. Seraphim Rose

Fr. Seraphim Rose illustrates the Genesis account: Paradise, our free will, the state of Adam before the fall, consequences of the fall, and what it all means to us.

January 20, 2017 by Orthodox Witness

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The End of the World — A Talk by Fr. Seraphim Rose

Fr. Seraphim Rose speaks about signs which are being fulfilled in our times which point to the end of the world.

January 20, 2017 by Orthodox Witness

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Why I Believe in God – Part II

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

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Why I Believe in God — Part I

Faith in God and in an eternal life He grants us gives us hope, joy, drive, fulfillment, purpose. God instilled these aspirations in us to lead us to Him.

December 27, 2016 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis

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