Why the story of the Three Holy Youths is so significant

The Church remembers the story of the Three Holy Youths often–even daily–in her hymnology, and especially at Christmas. Read why it is so significant.

December 16, 2020 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Church feasts

The “Jesus Prayer”: 11 quotations from the Saints

The “Jesus Prayer” is “the lifeline of the soul and of the body”, the “foundation of perfection”, a “spiritual weapon” and the “source of all good works.”

December 11, 2020 by Orthodox Witness
Prayer

Metropolitan Onuphry

How to make a country great again: 10 thoughts of Metropolitan Onuphry

“If we want to be patriots of our country, we must fight our [personal] shortcomings.”

November 20, 2020 by Orthodox Witness
Prayer, Spiritual life

THE HEART: The instrument unknown to science

By Saint Luke of Simferopol and Crimea. St. Luke the Surgeon tells us that the only instrument that enables us to know spiritual worlds and acquire the highest knowledge is “the heart”.

October 16, 2020 by Orthodox Witness
Faith and Science

Breaking the logic barrier

Are scientists in a position to dismiss the supernatural qualities of the Eucharist? The life of the Church proves that it cannot transmit diseases. By Protopresbyter George Christodoulou

October 16, 2020 by Orthodox Witness
Faith and Science

THE BREAD, THE WINE, THE MODE

Athonite Priestmonk Chrysostomos explains how God “innovates the mode” of bread and wine to acquire Divine properties while retaining their natural properties.

Let everyone examine himself

Can holy Communion transmit Coronavirus? Orthodox theologians have answered on both sides of the spectrum. We offer a few brief reflections on this issue.

A “mercy” or an “offering” of peace? – PART II

This follow-up to our post, “A ‘mercy’ or an ‘offering’ of peace?” presents new insights and clarifications to the “orthographic confusion” of the response.

Resemblance to animals but affinity with God

Theologians and Scientists share their thoughts on faith and evolution. This article includes new translations from Greek sources.

A “mercy” or an “offering” of peace? – Part I

If “A mercy of peace” sounds nonsensical to you, you’re not alone. Examine with us this response in Greek to see how we arrive at “An offering of peace”.

Unbaptized spouses: welcome to the Church! –Abp. Elpidophoros

Taking one step closer towards complete apostasy, Archbishop Elpidophoros has declared non-Orthodox spouses to be “100% part of our community”.

Eternal suffering or eternal rewards

Won’t the Lord bring all suffering to an end, so that eventually everyone will be saved and enjoy eternal blessings? Not so, says the Church.

February 17, 2020 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Sermons

There is only one way to reach salvation and life eternal

The world would have us believe we’re assured of eternal life, but God’s ways are different. Here’s what to know about life eternal and how we get there.

February 17, 2020 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Sermons

The practice of reading “inaudibly” does not make sense

The faithful need to follow the course of the Divine Liturgy to participate. We present a case for making the “inaudible” prayers audible.

A symbol or actual body and blood?

“Do the bread and wine truly become the actual Body and Blood of Christ?” A reader asks to be assured of what the Church has always taught.

January 29, 2020 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Sacraments

A Prayer for the Coming New Year

Has the Church completely ignored the the new year? We offer a short sketch of where our calendar came from and “A Prayer for the Coming New Year”.

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

December 12, 2019 by Orthodox Witness
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?”

December 12, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
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.”

December 12, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
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.

November 18, 2019 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
The Church