Category: We Believe

Christ Is Risen, Indeed He Is Risen

Christ Is Risen, Indeed He Is Risen The empty tomb of Christ is a historical reality for every orthodox. The four gospels were written by four different men on different occasions and for different purposes. All of them clearly certify that Jesus rose from the dead without any doubt. Recently a United Methodist bishop was reprimanded by

And Isaac Carried the Wood on His Shoulders…

And Isaac Carried the Wood on His Shoulders… There are many vivid Old Testament narratives that refer to the passion and death of Jesus Christ and one among them is the story of Abraham going up on to the Mount of Moriah to sacrifice Isaac. We read the unfolding of a touching account of a father climbing upon

Dialogue between Malankara Orthodox Church and Catholic Church

Dialogue between Malankara Orthodox Church and Catholic Church Doctrinal Agreement on Christology approved by Catholicos Mar Baselius Marthoma Mathews I and Pope John Paul II issued June 3rd, 1990 1. In our first meeting which was characterized by a spirit of concord, mutual trust, fraternal love and desire to overcome division and misunderstandings inherited from the past, we

The Eucharistic Theology in The Thought of Ephrem the Syrian

The Eucharistic Theology in The Thought of Ephrem the Syrian Part II – Eucharistic Symbolism in Ephrem Eucharist as “Food” In Ephrem’s writings, the Eucharist emerges as a complex reality that can never be reduced or exclusively equated with any one of its aspects such as, the Eucharist as “food”. Rather, a flexible and often complex exchange of images allows

The Eucharistic Theology in The Thought of Ephrem the Syrian

The Eucharistic Theology in The Thought of Ephrem the Syrian Part 1 – Ephrem and the Liturgy Life of Ephrem In this paper, I will analyze Ephrem’s most important madrashe on the liturgy, “The Mysteries of the Eucharist,” along with his madrashe on Faith, Pearls, Church, Unleavened Bread and Nativity where Ephrem considers the Holy Eucharist. Ephrem the Syrian, known

The Feast of Theophany

The Feast of Theophany Translation: “By Your Baptism, O Lord, purify our minds to be a place for Your majesty. And by Your manifestation, enlighten our senses that we may thank You for Your grace.” The Church moves from the Feast of Nativity to the Feast of the Theophany or Epiphany (6th January) –

Advent – the Season of Anticipation and Hope

Advent – the Season of Anticipation and Hope The word Advent means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’; means in the Orthodox Tradition, the period of fasting and preparation in connection with the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord. The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and

Confession

Confession Perhaps the most misunderstood sacrament of the Christian Church is confession. How did it originate? What role does a priest play? Is there a special procedure for confession? The Scriptures hold answers to these questions. Concerning our sins, God’s Word gives a marvelous promise. “If we confess our sins, He

Koodosh Eetho Sunday

Koodosh Eetho Sunday According to our liturgical calendar, October 30th, 31st or the 1st Sunday of November marks the beginning of our liturgical year. We have a special name for this Sunday: Koodosh Eetho (qddosh Hebrew), which means ‘sanctification of the Church’. In this short message I would like to focus on the

Gender Roles In A Biblical Perspective For The Orthodox Christians In The American Context

Gender Roles In A Biblical Perspective For The Orthodox Christians In The American Context Introduction Cultural Disparities: This is a difficult issue to put into a nutshell. Each culture in the history of the world has had difficult issues particular to their culture and their time. The present western culture is therefore that belongs to us now. For example, in Africa today, nobody is
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