Category: Editorial

Criteria for deciding a common date for Pascha (Easter)

Criteria for deciding a common date for Pascha (Easter) Christos Aneste! Alithos Aneste!! Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!! We Wish You a Very Blessed and Joyful Pascha! As we enter this Paschal Season of 2016, we intend to take the attention of our readers not to the most mystifying historical and theological truth of the Resurrection of

Christmas: Peace or Sword?.

Christmas: Peace or Sword?. The Orthodox Churches generally start their Nativity Fast about forty days before the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord, which is on December 25 or on January 7. However, we do realize that the Syrian churches have only 25 days of fast before the Feast of the Nativity for

Incarnation: a theodicean perspective

Incarnation: a theodicean perspective Our thesis is that the incarnation of Christ our Lord, the second Person of the Holy Trinity is an ultimate act of love which continues until He reaches the sufferings of crucifixion and gives up His life for the redemption of humanity. The Triune God consisting of three persons, Father,

A New bright star in the Eastern Horizon: Patriarch Ignatius Ephraim II

A New bright star in the Eastern Horizon: Patriarch Ignatius Ephraim II It was in 2004. In the month of March I was invited to deliver a speech at the World Peace Conference in Turkey organized by the Inter-cultural Dialog Platform for the Advancement of World Peace with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Religion. As soon as I accepted

Theology demands the priest to be the ruler of his people

Theology demands the priest to be the ruler of his people The thesis of this editorial is that our priests are not just Pujaris (the performers of religious rites) and that they are also administrators who lead their people and that they are also custodians not only of faith, but also of the temporalities of the Church. In order to prove

When Divinity meets Humanity…

When Divinity meets Humanity… We hear the Christmas story every year during the month of December. What we hear is the story of purely mundane things. We hear about a couple looking for a lodge in an emergency situation; the young woman was in her full term of pregnancy and was about to give

Thoughts On Closing The Great Lent

Thoughts On Closing The Great Lent In a week, we will have completed forty days of fasting, which we call Great Lent, as a penitential preparation for ten days of intense meditation and recollection on the passion and death of our Lord and God Jesus Christ, and for His crowning victory over death by His resurrection.

Passover is Crossover

Passover is Crossover In Orthodox Christian Theology the most meaningful word after Christ or Jesus is Pascha, which is a Greek rendering of the Aramaic word Pesacha, from which during the very apostolic times Pascha became part of the spoken Greek of the first century. Etymologically, Pesacha comes from the Hebrew word, Pesach,

Repent Ye, Holy Church

Repent Ye, Holy Church REPENT YE, HOLY CHURCH, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, AND CONVERT BEFORE YOU CELEBRATE THE HOLY PASCHA This period experiences a great turmoil, which has never been in recent times. The earth is roaring with anger. Our climate has not been normal for past the past few years; our weather has

Christ Is Born; Glorify Him!

Christ Is Born; Glorify Him! Anselm the English bishop and monk almost nine hundred years tried to philosophically unravel the mystery of incarnation in the context of many questions raised by several profane philosophers and critics of Christianity. The result was the book “Cur Deus Homo”. It was a sophisticated book which was basically intelligible
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