Saint Demetrius Saturday

In the spiritual experience of the Russian Church, veneration of the holy Great Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica is closely linked with the memory of the defense of the nation and Church by the Great Prince of Moscow, Demetrius of the Don (May 19). St Demetrius of the Don smashed the military might of the Golden […]

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Why Do We Address the Cross in Prayer?

By Archpriest Andrei Nikolaidi For many Orthodox Christians, beginning to explore the treasury of Christian prayer and trying to delve into the meaning of the prayers, upon reading the prayers to the Cross the question may arise: “Why do we address the Cross, the Wood, in prayer directly as if to a person?” Indeed, in the […]

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Rings on the Wrong Hand?

This Sunday I will have the pleasure of performing a wedding. Weddings are always happy events, and I always look forward to performing them. Orthodox weddings are especially beautiful, and it’s actually composed of two ceremonies: the betrothal and the crowning. The betrothal service, according to Fr. John Meyendorff, is the “…new form of marriage contract… It […]

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Fall Classes – Orthodoxy 101

Classes will usually take place immediately following Wednesday Vespers (with a couple of exceptions – see online calendar), and will last for approximately one hour. The topics are subject to change. Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – The True God (Dogma, Faith and Orthodoxy) Wednesday, September 14, 2016 – Orthodoxy Q&A Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – […]

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OCA Guidelines for Confession and Reception

The following Guidelines for Clergy (Orthodox Church in America, 1998), approved by the Holy Synod, address various issues surrounding Confession (the Mystery of Penance) and are considered normative in the Church today. Confession, the mystery of reconciliation with the Church, must be regular and frequent. It must be an abiding element in the lives of […]

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