Holy Tradition

Holy Tradition emanates from Christ Himself The Church’s Holy Tradition is based on the traditions and teachings of the Early Church, not the small “t” traditions followed by today’s protestants. As a former Evangelical myself, I ultimately joined the Orthodox Church because I started noticing the “traditions” that were separating Evangelicals from one another, both doctrinally and in the numerous…

The Bishop

The unity and continuity of the Church is to be found in Her bishops Gathering together for the celebration of the Church’s Divine Services is that great moment in the life of the People of God that brings together both heaven and earth. In these services we are mystically transported to a place where time and space cease to exist…

Rootedness

We are all very specific human beings with a past, a future, and a calling God often talks to us through others, through music, through art, or through the action of a big ocean wave. Sometimes He even speaks to us in the quiet of an early morning, when we’re viewing a sunrise. God is, indeed, closer to us than…

Sin as Illness

The Church is the hospital for the cure of the illness of the soul Our Orthodox Faith defines sin as an illness that is in need of healing, not as a crime that requires punishment. The Church is a hospital for the soul whose therapists (priests) first sought therapy and then became the therapists. As a healing institution the Church…

Consolation

When the cares of my heart are many, Thy consolations cheer my heart (Psalm 94:19) True repentance and Christian living proceeds God’s consolation. We reach out to God in every act we do, and in every activity we perform, all the while seeking to acquire a sense of contrition. We strive to love God with our whole being, and in…

All About Christ

Orthodoxy is about Christ, not religion Orthodoxy is not a religion, but a way of life that is centered in Jesus Christ. Orthodoxy, as a way of life, has the cure to what ails us and can return us to that state of wholeness that was God’s original intent for human kind. Because Orthodoxy is not about religion, it can…

Death is Inevitable

Facing our own mortality prepares us for when we will be standing before the Judgement Throne of God My heart condition has forced my own mortality to the forefront for perhaps the first time in my life. At seventy-five I am no spring chicken, as the saying goes, but facing heart problems has made me realize I needed to be…

Praying for the Dead

It is important that we pray for those who have gone on before us The Apostolic Orthodox and Catholic Church has always prayed for its dead. Although the New Testament does not directly address the subject of praying for the dead, and even though we are told that our departed loved ones are with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:13), the…

Orthodoxy and the New Cultural Religion

We must stand firm in the Faith of Our Fathers Our country has been witnessing the progressive extinction of traditional public and educational institutions, with our traditional values being replaced with all manner of perversions, and both I, and many others who have contacted me, are troubled and concerned by what we have seen. Our sweet young people are experiencing…

Embracing the Ancient Orthodox Catholic Faith

We must allow the transformational power of the Ancient Church to change us In an age when many Christian denominations are trying to appear relevant and modern, I am finding that large numbers of people are drawn to the Ancient Faith by the beard and robe. I am constantly thanked for dressing as I do by people who appreciate symbols…

Dressing for Church

The proper attire for the House of God The Church is our home, a place where we should feel comfortable, and at ease. It is also God’s house and is a temple set aside for worship of the Holy Trinity. Although times have changed and we have become a very casual society, this attitude can not be allowed to influence…