Articles in the What we believe category

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Do all Religions Have the Same Heavenly Father?

“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.

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The Story of the Mother of God in Iconography

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.

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Orthodox Thanksgiving Day Prayer

An Orthodox Thanksgiving Day prayer for when we find ourselves among non-Orthodox.

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Q&A — “Why do we venerate the Cross?” and 7 other questions about the Cross

The Church places before us the Lord’s Cross to venerate and to remember. Why do we venerate this instrument of death? Eight questions and answers.

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The Two Kinds of Knowledge: Divine and Human

Saint Gregory Palamas (14th c.) argued strenuously that there are two kinds of truths, two kinds of wisdoms, two kinds of knowledge – one divine, one human.

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Difficulties Our Churches Face

Have you heard of The Shropshire Ecumenical Council? The Council addresses the difficulties and challenges participant churches face. Food for thought!

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Newtown: Seeking Answers

Is our heavenly Father to blame for all the ills of humanity we brought upon ourselves? There is an answer, but the answer is for believing Christians only.

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What is Sin?

The prevalent notion in the West on what constitutes sin does not correspond with the Orthodox understanding. Sin goes beyond a personal bad choice.

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Is it Necessary to Bless Icons?

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…

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Church History – A Simple Timeline

A Simplified Timeline of Church History

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