“You can not have God as your Father if you do not have the Church as your Mother”.
Confession is a second Baptism cleansing the stains on our souls and restoring our relations with God.
It is the duty of every Orthodox Christian to partake of Holy Communion, since it is by this Sacrament that we become one with Christ and with one another.
On fast days we do not consume meat, dairy products, fish, olive oil and wine.
1) Baptisms may take place throughout the whole year, except during Holy Week and at Christmas (unless special permission has been given);
Saint John Chrysostom on Marriage
An ecclesiastical divorce may be granted after a civil decree has been issued.
Relatives of the deceased person are requested to contact the local priest to arrange the time and the other details of the funeral.
In his book, Great Lent, Fr Alexander Schmemann states:
‘…in many Orthodox Churches there developed, and is commonly accepted today, the doctrine which affirms that Communion for laity is impossible without sacramental confession and absolution.
by Fr Vassilios Papavassiliou
– Few would argue against the statement that the Sacrament of Confession is on the decline in the Greek Orthodox Church.
By Fr Vassilios Papavassiliou
– How often do we begin Great Lent with sighs of regret! “The fast is almost upon us again! Enjoy meat while you can!”. “A contradiction in terms though it is: happy Lent!”.
“Clothed as in purple and fine linen with the blood of your Martyrs throughout the world
– For the year 668 A.D., the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles record the following: ‘Pope Vitalianus hallowed Theodorus archbishop, and sent him to Britain.’
Holy Recluse and Miracle Worker
Fr. Vassilios Papavassiliou
– Over the past few years, there has been an enormous popular interest in Gnosticism and early Christian writings.
Fr Vassilios Papavassiliou
– How easily we Orthodox indiscriminately adopt the language of Western theology!
His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios
of Thyateira & Great Britain
Fr Athenagoras Stylianou
– “Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment.
Fr Vassilios Papavassiliou
– “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God”. [John 1:1]
– Many Christians in the west, Catholic and Protestant, are familiar with the penitential season preceding Easter that is known as Lent.
and their significance for us today
by Protopresbyter John Nankivell
Very Rev’d Protopresbyter
Stephen J.F. Maxfield
– Damaskinos, Archbishop of Athens and all Greece, served as the Primate of the Autocephalous Church of Greece during the Second World War.
Some (disorganised) thoughts
– Kristian Akselberg
by Bekari Abuladze
– ‘Economy’ (οικονομία) is a Greek word which cannot be translated into other European languages;