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Contemplate the human nature of Christ in 50 slides

50 quotations from the book Jesus: Fallen: The Human Nature of Christ Examined from an Eastern Orthodox Perspective

by Orthodox Witness on December 12, 2019

Did Christ have a fallen human nature? – Part 8 of 8

This post concludes our series of eight posts on the topic, “Did Christ have a fallen human nature?”

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 12, 2019

Did Christ have a fallen human nature? – Part 7 of 8

In this installment in our 8 part series, we look at other aspects of Christ‘s humanness that reveal His “otherness.”

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 12, 2019

THE ECUMENICAL MONARCH

The special privileges of the Patriarch of Constantinople are no longer based on the canons, but on a new theory that he is the vicar of… God the Father.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on November 18, 2019

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Contemplate the human nature of Christ in 50 slides

50 quotations from the book Jesus: Fallen: The Human Nature of Christ Examined from an Eastern Orthodox Perspective

by Orthodox Witness on December 12, 2019 in Christology

Did Christ have a fallen human nature? – Part 8 of 8

This post concludes our series of eight posts on the topic, “Did Christ have a fallen human nature?”

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 12, 2019 in Christology

Did Christ have a fallen human nature? – Part 7 of 8

In this installment in our 8 part series, we look at other aspects of Christ‘s humanness that reveal His “otherness.”

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 12, 2019 in Christology

THE ECUMENICAL MONARCH

The special privileges of the Patriarch of Constantinople are no longer based on the canons, but on a new theory that he is the vicar of… God the Father.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on November 18, 2019 in The Church

Why bother to Christianize those outside the Church?

We want everyone to know that salvation is available to all. What the Lord will do with outsiders is His business. Our business is to proclaim the Gospel.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on November 1, 2019 in Evangelism

“How long do we remain with the GOA?”… and 3 other questions answered

Commemorating an ecumenist bishop does not necessarily pollute the clergy and people under them, as long as they declare their faith openly.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on November 1, 2019 in Q&A

“UNITY OF ALL”: Who are we praying for?

By petitioning the Lord, “…and for the unity of all…”, we mean Orthodox Christians. We explain the petition in this excerpt from “The Heavenly Banquet”.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on November 1, 2019 in Divine Liturgy

The Church of Greece, autocephaly, Russia, and “the Occupant”

Despite objections by certain hierarchs, the Church of Greece has recognized the “Orthodox Church of Ukraine”. We offer our comments in the aftermath.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on October 15, 2019 in News

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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on October 14, 2019 in What we believe

Pope’s plan blocks our potential to reach union with God

Pope Francis has invited “everyone” to a global event—a godless global alliance that ignores God, and replaces the Gospel of Christ with that of Antichrist.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on September 27, 2019 in News, Other faiths

The Pope’s “Launch of the Educational Alliance”, commented

The Pope has called for a global alliance event. We comment on his invitation.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on September 27, 2019 in News, Other faiths

Keep your faith! An open letter to the monks of Mount Athos

Regarding the upcoming visit to the Holy Mountain by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan Luke issued an appeal not to accept the schismatics.

by Orthodox Witness on August 28, 2019 in Ecumenism, News

OUR CHRISTIAN ROOTS – Part I, Section 3

The early Church was organized. As you read the select passages presented from Holy Scripture, a convincing picture will appear before your eyes.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on August 1, 2019 in The Church

OUR CHRISTIAN ROOTS – Part I, section 1

Introduction to “Our Christian Roots”, a two-part presentation of primary sources from Holy Scripture and the writings of early Church Fathers.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on August 1, 2019 in The Church

Elder Emilianos eulogizes Fr. Dimitri Gagastathis

Elder Emilianos (+2019), former abbot of Simonos Petra Monastery on Mt. Athos recalls the holy life of the simple village priest, Fr. Dimitri Gagastathis.

by Orthodox Witness on May 9, 2019 in Orthodox models

Why a Crucified Messiah? by Fr. Thomas Hopko – Part 1

Why did the Messiah, the Savior of the world, have to necessarily die an unnatural death by being murdered? Fr. Thomas Hopko answers in this talk .

by Orthodox Witness on April 25, 2019 in Audio, Christology

Repentance: the beginning and end of our spiritual journey

King Manasse, the wicked king of the Jews who repented after a 55 year reign, is just one figure the Church sets before us to show that change is possible.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on April 12, 2019 in Sacraments, Sermons

How God’s power becomes effective

Without our faith God’s power remains ineffectual, impotent, unrealized. With faith, the Fountain of mercy opens and pours down in a deluge.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on April 6, 2019 in Holy Scripture, Sermons

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?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 30, 2019 in Sermons, What we believe

The great contribution of Saint Gregory Palamas

What all religions, philosophies and Christian denominations in the world cannot explain is explained only in the Orthodox Church, thanks to Saint Gregory.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 23, 2019 in Church feasts, Orthodox models

“The Son of God becomes Son of the Virgin”

From all eternity, even before creating the world and humans, God knew of Adam’s fall. He also knew when, and by who the redemption would be accomplished.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 23, 2019 in Church feasts, Sermons

Walled-off priest wins trial. Slap in the face for Metropolis.

Fr. Ioan Ungureanu ceased commemorating his Bishop after the Synod of Crete. The Metropolis filed an eviction suit. He prevailed, supported by his people.

by Orthodox Witness on March 20, 2019 in Ecumenism, News

“We shall not deny you, beloved Orthodoxy”

The struggle against heresies is not finished. Today the insidious heresy of Ecumenism, like Iconoclasm, threatens to completely destroy the Church.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 16, 2019 in Church feasts, Ecumenism

Characteristics of a missionary church

“Bang.” The Church sprung out of the upper Room in Jerusalem and spread all over the world. What are the characteristics of this missionary Church?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 8, 2019 in Evangelism, Sermons, The Church

Characteristics of Orthodox Clergy

by Metropolitan Augoustinos Kantiotes. The main characteristic of the bishop and the priest is a fighting spirit, boldness.

by Orthodox Witness on March 2, 2019 in Ecumenism, Sermons

What is the correct mindset and attitude a Christian should have?

We reflect on a short hymn from the Triodion that admirably expresses the ethos and phronema, the correct mindset and attitude, a Christian should have.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 1, 2019 in Sermons

The one and the nine

What does it take for us to remember we are insignificant mortals before our Creator, and to give Him thanks for all the good things He bestows upon us?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on January 19, 2019 in Holy Scripture, Sermons, Thanksgiving

There is no “valid” baptism outside the Church — Part 2 of 2

Those who are not reborn by the divine grace in the only ONE HOLY, CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH, do not belong to any church, either visible or invisible.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 1, 2018 in Ecumenism, Sacraments

There is no “valid” baptism outside the Church — Part 1 of 2

If you have received a valid baptism, whether Roman Catholic or Protestant, why join the Orthodox Church?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on November 30, 2018 in Ecumenism, Sacraments

You are invited to the Heavenly Banquet

What is “The Heavenly Banquet”? Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis talks about his book on the Divine Liturgy in this interview he gave for “Come Receive the Light”.

by Orthodox Witness on November 3, 2018 in Sacraments

“Pope of the East” throws napalm bomb on world Orthodoxy

The Ecumenical Patriarch continues to attack, divide and murder pan-Orthodox unity while “legitimizing” canon violations and lawlessness. By Lykourgos Nanis.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on October 20, 2018 in Ecumenism

FEAR “the Ecumenical”!

Patriarch Bartholomew’s action to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is major—politically and geostrategically. By Demetrios K. Anagnostou.

by Orthodox Witness on October 13, 2018 in Ecumenism

What would the Orthodox Church be without the Ecumenical Patriarch?

For many years now, Patriarch Bartholomew has been Vaticanizing the Orthodox Church. We do not want a Pope of the East. By Fr. Aggelos Aggelakopoulos.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on October 1, 2018 in Ecumenism, The Church

The parish: an evangelism center

Read about the early efforts of Orthodox Witness to begin transforming our parishes into evangelism centers.

by Orthodox Witness on September 15, 2018 in Evangelism, Other faiths

Whatever shines is not always gold

The story of a Greek who went to Italy to study engineering at age 19, converted to Roman Catholicism, returned to the Orthodox Church, and became a priest.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on September 15, 2018 in Evangelism, Other faiths

Are we preaching the saving truth or hiding it?

Does improving dialogue, understanding, cooperation and tolerance help communicate the true Faith in today’s post-modern world, or is it counterproductive?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on September 4, 2018 in Ecumenism, Evangelism

Human justice and Divine justice

The justice of men does not compare to God’s justice. Our great King and God’s justice is totally imbalanced–in our favor! Just what is Divine justice?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on August 10, 2018 in Holy Scripture, Spiritual life

“I am with you. Don’t be afraid.”

The good Lord allows us to be tested. When all seems lost, all He wants from us is to ask for Ηis help, and He will.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on July 28, 2018 in Audio, Sermons

Are you working for the upbuilding of the Church?

Rather than bringing more people, building a bigger church or increasing philanthropy, improving one’s personal moral life is the greatest church upbuilding.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on July 28, 2018 in Holy Scripture, Sermons

Party spirit or unity?

Quarrels, divisions, heresies and dangerous factions existed even in Saint Paul’s churches. In this sermon, a priest pleas for unity among his parishioners.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on July 21, 2018 in Sermons

Jesus Christ: Our prototype of FREEDOM

To be “free” is usually thought of as having the option to do anything at any time. Real freedom is when doing evil is not an option.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on July 4, 2018 in Christology

OUR CHRISTIAN ROOTS – Part I, Section 2

What is the Church and where is it? The Lord illustrated this by using many images, metaphors, allegories and parables. We explore the most important.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on June 27, 2018 in The Church

Bishop Longinus: “Cretan Council a lawless synod”

Bishop Longinus chastises his fellow Bishops for gathering a Synod without Orthodoxy, and urges them to repent.

by Orthodox Witness on June 14, 2018 in Ecumenism

Bishop Longinus: Orthodox hierarchs are betraying the Faith

Today, patriarchs, bishops and priests want to show a different way to eternal life—not the way the Lord showed us.

by Orthodox Witness on June 14, 2018 in Ecumenism

Is there grace outside the Church?

Is God’s grace received only by members of the Church or can there be grace outside the Church? Are only Orthodox Christians saved?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on June 8, 2018 in Sacraments

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?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on June 8, 2018 in What we believe

“Our Faith is alive!” Get to know Papa-Dimitri

Is it possible, in our times, to become a saint? Witness the life of Papa-Dimitri (+1975), a prophetic figure, and married priest with nine daughters.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on May 30, 2018 in Church feasts, Orthodox models

The fruit of the Holy Spirit

Today, All Saints day, we’ll talk briefly about the virtues/fruit of the Spirit, providing examples from the lives of the Saints for a better understanding.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on May 30, 2018 in Church feasts, Orthodox models

Holy Pentecost: OUR LIFE IN CHRIST

The timid, scared, ignorant, “earthly” disciples were transformed into the courageous, bold, all-wise holy Apostles. They transformed the world. We can too.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on May 24, 2018 in Church feasts, Sermons

[Audio sermon] Sunday of the Holy Fathers

On the Sunday before Holy Pentecost, we honor the Holy Fathers, especially the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, who guide us inerrantly to Christ.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on May 18, 2018 in Audio, Sermons

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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on May 10, 2018 in Holy Scripture, What we believe

The darkness of ignorance

The man blind from birth regains his eyesight and spiritual eyesight from the Lord; whereas the teachers of the law choose to remain in spiritual darkness.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on May 10, 2018 in Holy Scripture, Sermons

A real Bethesda today

The water of Bethesda became healing water for the body once in a while. The water of Holy Baptism in the Church is healing for the soul always.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on April 27, 2018 in Holy Scripture, Sermons

The Myrrh-bearing Women and us

On this Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women, we pay homage to the woman as a human being and chiefly as a Christian.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on April 21, 2018 in Sermons

“Blessed are those who have not seen and believe”

Do you believe with an unshakable faith in the resurrection? Do you live His life? If so, you are among the “blessed”. Not sure? Read more in this post.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on April 14, 2018 in Sermons, Services

Stephen Hawking and Christian Faith

Mr. Hawking’s explanation of “how” the universe was created is very similar to what the Church believes. It’s the “Who” that’s missing from his equation.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on April 11, 2018 in Faith and Science

I’M AN EVOLUTIONIST!

“Is there any opposition between the theory of evolution and Christianity? An evolutionist Orthodox priest makes a rebuttal to an atheist evolutionist.”

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 19, 2018 in Faith and Science

On Faith and Science

St. Anthony’s Monastery in Arizona refused to carry “The Heavenly Banquet”, our book on the Divine Liturgy. Why? Because, according to them, the Theory of Evolution is…un-Orthodox!

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 17, 2018 in Faith and Science

The Unpardonable Sin

What is this “unforgivable sin” or “unpardonable sin” the Lord spoke of, that will “not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come”?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on February 25, 2018 in Holy Scripture

“Judge not, that you be not judged”

If we don’t want to be condemned at the Great Judgment that will take place at the Second Coming of the Lord, we must not condemn others, but practice love.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on February 10, 2018 in Sermons

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Saint Maximos the Confessor — Jan. 21

Saint Maximos was a champion defender of the Orthodox faith during a time of great confusion in the Church. Here is why his life matters to us today.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on January 21, 2018 in Ecumenism, Orthodox models

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“Lead us not into temptation”

The Pope’s translation “do not let us fall into temptation” has the opposite meaning of what the Lord taught us in the prayer He left us. Here is our commentary.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on January 19, 2018 in Prayer

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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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on January 5, 2018 in Christology, What we believe

How to give yourself Christ as a gift

Did you forget to give yourself the greatest gift of all this year? Here’s how to give yourself this gift—Christ. No one else can give Him to you!

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 27, 2017 in Church feasts

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Marriage “in Christ” — Part IV

We offer concluding remarks, based on our analysis of the sacrament of Orthodox Marriage in the previous three installments of this series.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 24, 2017 in Sacraments

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Marriage “in Christ” — Part III

How many know that marriage is holy, and it is called a sacrament, because of its connection with the Holy Eucharist?

by Orthodox Witness on December 11, 2017 in Sacraments

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Marriage “in Christ” — Part II

We examine, in brief, the rite of crowning, considered by many to be the climax of the wedding ceremony.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 3, 2017 in Sacraments

Marriage “in Christ” — Part I

Everything a Christian does should be done “in Christ”. In this first of four articles on marriage, we look at what it means to be married “in Christ”.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on November 17, 2017 in Sacraments

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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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on October 22, 2017 in What we believe

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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on October 15, 2017 in What we believe

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?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on October 6, 2017 in What we believe

Marios Nasios: The wounded eagle

Completely fulfilled, assured of the life to come and not focused on this world, Marios Nasios was taught by God, and thankful to Him—for everything.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on September 27, 2017 in Orthodox models

The mysterious ending of Saint John the Theologian

Was the author of the Book of Revelation and the fourth Gospel translated into heaven like the Theotokos? Here’s what the primary sources say.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on September 23, 2017 in Church feasts

Follow Me!

Fellowship is followship!

What does the Lord mean when He says we must “deny” ourselves? And what is this “cross” we are supposed to take up? And what does “follow” the Lord mean?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on September 12, 2017 in Church feasts, Sermons

On Christian marriage, parenthood and family

We are witnessing an attack on traditional living in society today. How can an Orthodox Christian stay safe from the global storm of “new normality”?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on September 8, 2017 in Sermons

Russian Mystery

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.

by Orthodox Witness on September 5, 2017 in Video

On the upbringing of children

Raising children has never been an easy task. Here are some counsels on how to raise them properly and how to bring them back if they have gone astray.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on September 2, 2017 in Sermons

“If you want to be perfect…”

“…sell what you possess and give to the poor.” Is the young rich man in today’s gospel lesson a model of righteousness or an example of false perfection?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on August 27, 2017 in Sermons

How do we reconcile our debts with God?

We are all in debt to God more than we could ever pay back, yet He forgives everything. What is the key to receiving His forgiveness? Forgive as He forgives.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on August 19, 2017 in Sermons

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The Birthday of the Theotokos—into Heaven

Like the death of other Saints, the Church remembers the death of the Theotokos, but unlike the Saints, we also hear of her birth into heaven with her body.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on August 14, 2017 in Church feasts

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”?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on August 10, 2017 in Sermons, What we believe

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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on August 4, 2017 in Sermons, What we believe

We run to our Mother

The Mother of God is our mother too. Run to her during these first 14 days of August to receive the loving consolation she provides.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on August 1, 2017 in Services

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?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on July 27, 2017 in Sermons, What we believe

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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on July 22, 2017 in Sermons, What we believe

Imitate the Saints! — Sunday of the Fourth Ecumenical Council

The Fathers of the Church guide us and guard the Faith, whether the 630 Fathers of old or Saint Luke the Surgeon, a modern-day Father of our days [VIDEO].

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on July 15, 2017 in Sermons, Video

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!

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on July 8, 2017 in Sermons, What we believe

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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on July 1, 2017 in Sermons, What we believe

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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on June 28, 2017 in Other faiths, What we believe

“COME, FOLLOW ME”

What does it take to “follow the Lord”? Can you end your love affair with the world? A sermon for the Second Sunday of Matthew (Mt. 4:18-23).

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on June 17, 2017 in Sermons

Is “being good” good enough? Reading “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom

As Christians, we seek to always draw nearer to Christ. Do the Morries of the world, who fill us with their humanistic values, help us or lead us astrary?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on April 20, 2017 in Other faiths

A Turk believes in Christ through Elder Ieronymos

How can we give testimony to our faith without compromising it, and at the same time not offend others? Elder Ieronymos (+1966) from Aegina shows us how.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on April 20, 2017 in Other faiths

"I saw you when you were under the fig tree before Philip called you."

“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?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 25, 2017 in What we believe

A clear picture of Ecumenism

What is ecumenism? The pan-heresy that threatens to destroy the Church is explained in this article.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 18, 2017 in Ecumenism

MANIFESTO

Our Church leaders have abandoned the faith of our Fathers. Here’s what you should know and how you can take action.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 10, 2017 in Ecumenism

Let us stand well!

The word “heresy” has quietly left our vocabulary. The “Sunday of Orthodoxy” reminds us that heresies are not to be taken lightly. Today, the pan-heresy of ecumenism is causing belief in the one, true Church to be left by the way side.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 4, 2017 in Ecumenism

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One God?

“Allah”, “Yahweh”, “Jesus Christ”. Do the Muslims, Jews and Christians all worship the same God, and just call Him by a different name?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on February 18, 2017 in Ecumenism

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Why did Elder Iakovos Tsalikis want Bartholomew as Patriarch?

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?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on February 3, 2017 in Ecumenism

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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.

by Orthodox Witness on January 20, 2017 in What we believe

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Western Learning and Latin Influence in the Church — a talk by Fr. Seraphim Rose

How is Western schoolbook learning different from divine knowledge? Fr. Seraphim Rose talks about the theology of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco.

by Orthodox Witness on January 20, 2017 in Other faiths

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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.

by Orthodox Witness on January 20, 2017 in What we believe

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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?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on January 13, 2017 in What we believe

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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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 27, 2016 in What we believe

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My desire was to be received through Baptism

Congratulations to a former Protestant who asked to be received in the womb of the Holy Orthodox Church through Baptism, instead of chrismation.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 13, 2016 in Ecumenism, Sacraments

How a “Byzantine wedding” is conducted

How a Byzantine wedding is conducted

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 11, 2016 in Sacraments

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An Open Letter to Archons “The Defenders of the Faith”

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?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 3, 2016 in Ecumenism

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How Patriarch Bartholomew is walking away from Christ

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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 2, 2016 in Ecumenism

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27 Things We Should Be Giving Thanks For

It is proper right to give thanks to God for our health, job and freedom. Here are 27 “higher gifts” to keep in mind this thanksgiving day and every day.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on November 19, 2016 in Thanksgiving, What we believe

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Psalm 129:4: “Christ will cut their necks” – an Interpretation

In Psalm 129 we read: “For the Lord will also cut their necks with the cutting sword of torments.” As a Christian are you comfortable with this? Here’s an explanation.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on November 16, 2016 in What we believe

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Christ is Born! The Katavasiae of Christmas chanted in English

The nine odes of the Katavasiae of Christmas, chanted in English, by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis and Anthony Hatzidakis.

by Orthodox Witness on November 12, 2016 in Audio, Church feasts, Video

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Mocking our Lord: Commemorating Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

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?!

by Orthodox Witness on November 3, 2016 in Ecumenism

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Is Orthodoxy Racist?

The SPLC “is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups.” Who is their most recent target among such hate groups? The Orthodox Church!

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on October 16, 2016 in What we believe

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Did Christ Have a Fallen Human Nature – Part 6 of 8

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).

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on September 9, 2016 in Christology

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Did Christ Have a Fallen Human Nature? – Part 5 of 8

We are examining Christ’s human nature in a series of blog posts. In this post we address the question: What happened when the Son of God assumed our nature?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on August 31, 2016 in Christology

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What is Orthodox Fundamentalism?

Sometimes the stigma of fundamentalism is ascribed to theologians who faithfully follow the Fathers and abide by the Canons of the Church. A case in point is an article by Prof. George Demacopoulos.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on July 16, 2016 in What we believe

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Deliver us “from evil” or “from the evil one”? The last word of the Lord’s Prayer

Evil or “the evil one”? We’ll look at why an incorrect translation endorsed by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and other Orthodox jurisdictions is used in our churches today.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on June 23, 2016 in Ecumenism

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Are we allowed to judge other Christians?

Ignoring a sickness can lead to death. Here is why to judge other Christians is necessary—for the health of the sick member and for the health of the Church.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on June 18, 2016 in What we believe

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WARNING: Holy and Great Synod ahead

The Holy and Great Synod threatens to tear the Orthodox Church apart, not unite it. Will you accept the heretical ecumenism to be imposed on the Church?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on June 6, 2016 in Ecumenism

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Is “being gay and Christian” okay?

Self declared lesbian Kimberly Knight applies her interpretation of holy scripture to justify being gay and Christian. Here’s why it’s manipulative.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on June 2, 2016 in What we believe

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Reasonableness of our Faith, Bishop Tikhon and Ecumenism

A talk by Bishop Tikhon reflects the new order, the new reality that has emerged–the reality of ecumenism and syncretism. A brief analysis will reveal this.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on May 8, 2016 in Ecumenism, Evangelism

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Kerygma and Martyria: Two sides of the same coin

Usage of the terms kerygma and martyria, particularly in ecumenical dialogues is problematic. We offer a brief explanation of what these terms really mean.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on May 2, 2016 in Ecumenism, Evangelism

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The Fall of the Third Rome: Moscow Capitulates to Papism

Moscow, the bastion of Orthodoxy, suddenly capitulated to the Old Rome, when his Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow embraced the pan-heresy of ecumenism.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 1, 2016 in Ecumenism

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Rebuilding St. Nicholas into an American Pantheon

The Orthodox people sending their donations believe their money goes to the erection of an Orthodox church, not an ecumenistic and syncretistic temple.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on February 12, 2016 in Ecumenism

Why did God Become Man?

Everyone is called to ask: What does Christmas mean to me? When we then ask, “Why did God become man?”, we will come to understand the only “destiny” of man, the only purpose of our lives.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 21, 2015 in What we believe

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The Survival of the West Hangs by a Thread

A Muslim talks to Andreas Andrianopoulos about the Islamization of the world. The author explains how Westerners usually don’t understand what is happening.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on November 30, 2015 in Other faiths

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Is GOARCH’s “PRAXIS” Magazine GOing New Age?

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?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on October 26, 2015 in Other faiths, What we believe

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Why the “Holy and Great Synod” of the Orthodox Church should not convene

The “Holy and Great Synod” of the Orthodox Church is slated to convene in 2016. Here is what Orthodox faithful need to know about this pseudo-synod.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on October 13, 2015 in Ecumenism

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The Transfiguration: Was Christ Transformed?

Was Christ transformed into something He was not or did He allow the eyes of the three disciples to become receptive to see Him the way He always was?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on August 5, 2015 in Christology

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Orthodox Church: End Relations with Boy Scouts of America

Now that Boy Scouts of America has shown its true colors, the Orthodox Church should end relations with this synchretistic organization.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on July 29, 2015 in Other faiths

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The Orthodox Church’s Reaction to Homosexual Marriage

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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on July 13, 2015 in Sacraments

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What Should we do when our Bishop is an Ecumenist?

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?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 4, 2015 in Ecumenism

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[Video] The Outpost: What the Church Can Accomplish

To those who suffer in life, this video will provide comfort, and it will soften even the hardest of hearts.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on January 21, 2015 in What we believe

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Charlie Hebdo: Freedom out of Bounds?

Charlie Hebdo: Has your right of expression gone too far? To joke, mock, caricature and satirize religious figures has boundaries of decency.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on January 12, 2015 in Other faiths

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Is Reunification of Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches Imminent?

With the ecumenical patriarch sacrificing almost everything for the sake of unity, the reunification of Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches is Imminent, now more than ever.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on November 24, 2014 in Ecumenism, Other faiths

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Dear Mr. Tim Cook: Being Gay is not from God

Mr. Tim Cook: The sobering truth is that being Gay is not from God.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on November 17, 2014 in What we believe

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Islam: Compatible with the Western World?

The west has still to learn its lesson that Islam is simply irreconcilable with western values.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on September 9, 2014 in Other faiths

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Is Israel the Promised Land?

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?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on August 10, 2014 in What we believe

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Is our prayer service on the birth of a child and for the mother offensive?

Many people could conceive the Service on the Birth of a Child and for the Mother as offensive. It’s time we revisit our prayer books and make some changes.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on June 29, 2014 in Sacraments

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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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on June 15, 2014 in Ecumenism, What we believe

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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.

by Orthodox Witness on May 9, 2014 in What we believe

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Revising the Orthodox Christian Churching Ritual

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!

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on February 1, 2014 in Sacraments

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What was the Lord Jesus like as an infant?

Was Christ born as a “helpless” baby? Did the infant Christ use his human will? Fr. Emmanuel responds to these questions from S.N. who read “Jesus: Fallen?”

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 23, 2013 in Christology

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Orthodox Thanksgiving Day Prayer

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

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on November 23, 2013 in Thanksgiving, What we believe

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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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on September 13, 2013 in What we believe

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Did Christ Have a Fallen Human Nature? — Part 4 of 8

Part 4 of 8 in our series on the human nature of Christ, we address the question: “Did Christ exercise control over the passions?” from an Eastern Orthodox perspective.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on September 2, 2013 in Christology

“WHO AM I TO JUDGE?” – An Orthodox Understanding of Pope Francis’ remark

What I read in Pope Francis’ remark on homosexuals is: Don’t judge someone who, being a homosexual, struggles with this “tendency” (his term).

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on August 17, 2013 in Other faiths

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Did Christ Have a Fallen Human Nature? – Part 3 of 8

In this, Part 3 of 8 of our series on the human nature of Christ, we’ll address the following question: Did Christ assume voluntarily the blameless passions?

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on July 7, 2013 in Christology

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Did Christ Have a Fallen Human Nature? – Part 2 of 8

The Church’s teaching is that Christ’s nature was as that of Adam before the fall. In this, Part 2 of 8, we bring in various authorities on the subject.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on June 29, 2013 in Christology

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Did Christ Have a Fallen Human Nature? – Part 1 of 8

In this eight part series, Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis addresses many questions concerning Christ’s human nature from an Eastern Orthodox perspective.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on June 23, 2013 in Christology

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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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 31, 2013 in What we believe

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Was the Mystical Supper a Passover Meal?

What was this meal the Lord ate with his disciples in the Upper Room? A Seder? A Chabûrah? The short answer is… neither!

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 25, 2013 in Sacraments

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How the Date of Pascha is Determined

How is the date of Pascha determined? There are three calculations. We’ll try to provide a brief explanation to this very complex problem.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on March 16, 2013 in Church feasts

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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!

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on January 26, 2013 in Evangelism, What we believe

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Why do People Convert to Orthodox Christianity?

Why have so many Evangelical ministers and others embraced the Orthodox faith? There is a certain “chemistry” involved, which cannot be easily verbalized.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on January 19, 2013 in Evangelism

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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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 29, 2012 in What we believe

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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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 18, 2012 in What we believe

Who is Jesus Christ?

Who is Jesus Christ? Is He a human or a divine being? Does it matter what we believe about Him? We have an obligation to defend the truths of our faith.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 18, 2012 in Christology

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Christmas 1,000 Years Before Christ!

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.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 2, 2012 in Church feasts

“What shall we offer You, O Christ?”

This year let us present to the Divine Infant our own gifts, our very personal gifts. What might they be? It would be wise to draw near and worship Him.

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on December 2, 2012 in Church feasts

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…

by Orthodox Witness on November 23, 2012 in What we believe

Church History – A Simple Timeline

A Simplified Timeline of Church History

by Orthodox Witness on November 21, 2012 in The Church

Statement by the Church on Mission and Evangelism

“We Orthodox in North America commit ourselves to bringing our household into order for the sake of the preaching of the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

by Orthodox Witness on November 7, 2012 in Evangelism

The Church is a Therapeutic Center

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!

by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis on November 5, 2012 in What we believe