The Encyclical Letter of Mark of Ephesus

The Encyclical Letter of Mark of Ephesus

July 1440 To All Orthodox Christians on the Mainland and in the Islands. From Mark, Bishop of the Metropolis of Ephesus—Rejoice in Christ! To those who have ensnared us in an evil captivity—desiring to lead us away into the Babylon of Latin rites and dogmas—could not, of course, completely accomplish this, seeing immediately that there […]

Catholic Lightning

Catholic Lightning

The word “catholic” is used in a number of ways among Christians today. Not surprisingly, it is rarely used correctly. In speaking of the Catholic Church, our fathers were not using catholic as a brand name or denominational description (for there is—and has always been—only one, true Church). It also does not only apply to […]

Tractarianism and Anglo-Catholic Identity

Tractarianism and Anglo-Catholic Identity

There is no doubt that the Tractarians . . . recovered a more organic relationship between mystery and life. For, like the Fathers, the Tractarians connected the Christian life and Christian ethics with the mysteries of Christ, present in the Church. Not only was Christ to be regarded as an ideal pattern for imitation but, […]

The Personality of the Lord Jesus Christ

Discovering Orthodoxy

Much has been written by the Holy Fathers over the centuries about the close union between Christ and the Church. This mystical union between the Head (the Lord Jesus Christ) and his Body (the Church) is everywhere assumed, both in the New Testament Scriptures, and in the patristic corpus. For example, the story of Saul’s […]

How Many Different Churches Are There?

How Many Different Orthodox Churches Are There?

It has been suggested by some that a conversion from other Christian traditions to the Orthodox Church is completely unnecessary, not only because of deficiencies in doctrine, but also because of the fact that the idea of a single, cohesive, Orthodox tradition is no more than a pious myth. But is this true? It is […]

When You Assemble Together

When You Assemble Together

One of the most ancient foundations of the Orthodox-Catholic tradition is monasticism. Anthony the Great is famous for pioneering the monastic lifestyle in the the fourth and fifth century deserts of Egypt, while Benedict of Nursia brought these traditions to the west and other great fathers of the Church, such as John of Damascus (Lavra […]

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 […]

Why You Shouldn’t Convert to Orthodoxy

Why You Shouldn't Convert to Orthodoxy

After five years or so in the Orthodox Church, I’ve seen a lot of friends and acquaintances come home to the apostolic faith. And yet, not all of these journeys have worked out. Some have even ended in apostasy. Why does this happen? Shortly after the beginning of our own catechumenate as a family, we saw friends—and their […]