The Attributes of the Church by St. Justin Popovich

The Attributes of the Church by St. Justin Popovich

I have drunk heavily from the following words for the better part of the last two years. It helped transform my spiritual life, my understanding of the Church and Her purpose as the Body of Christ, and my appreciation for Orthodoxy as a light in the relativistic darkness of the modern era. An excerpt from The […]

The Sunday I ‘Met’ St. Herman

The Day I 'Met' St. Herman

Protodeacon Nicholas sat on a folding chair in front of the iconostasis after Liturgy. He’d already shed his vestments, the sticharion and broad orarion with the words “Holy, Holy, Holy” embroidered in gold against it’s deep maroon background. In his hands was a small box, lined with red velvet and containing a relic of St. […]

St. Andrew the First-Called

St. Andrew the First-Called

St. Andrew the First-called – given this title because he was the first Apostle to follow our Lord — was a fisherman from Bethsaida. A disciple of St. John the Forerunner and brother to St. Peter, St. Andrew responded to the call of Christ with tremendous vigor. In the Gospel of John, we see Andrew respond to The Forerunner’s declaration […]

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons?

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons?

Part One Introduction Steven Wedgeworth, Assistant Pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Clinton, Mississippi, has recently written a post at The Calvinist International against the Christian use of icons. In this post, he proposes to “counter-balance” the evidence in favor of icons and their veneration with evidence to the contrary. The reason, as he puts […]

Praying to Saints and Prayers for the Departed

Praying to Saints and Prayers for the Departed

The idea of praying for departed saints (or asking for their prayers) for many today is a rather controversial one, and no doubt keeps many people from taking either the Roman catholic or Orthodox church seriously. Since this seems to be a major stumbling block, I thought it would be helpful for myself, and perhaps for others, […]

A Summary of the First Seven Ecumenical Councils

A Summary of the First Seven Ecumenical Councils

When the Roman emperor Constantine I converted to the Christian faith (out of gratitude for military victory through what he believed to be divine intervention), the persecution of the religion was put to an end at the Edict of Milan (AD 313) and later made to be the state religion by emperor Theodosius I (AD […]