Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate Pascha -- the Resurrection of Jesus Christ -- on May 5, 2013 as the culmination of a marathon Holy Week that spans eight days and encompasses 18 distinct services.
The Extraordinary Historical Significance of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's Presence at Pope Francis' Installation as Bishop of Rome
Amid the crush of news reports in the past month that followed Pope Benedict's unprecedented resignation from the papacy, one of the most intriguing was the decision by His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to attend Pope Francis' installation as Bishop of Rome.
Humanity, in Orthodox tradition, depends for its existence upon God’s gracious love. The fullness of being human can only be experienced in a communion of love with God and the "others" who mediate God's gracious presence in the world.
The Orthodox Church today maintains cordial relations with other Christian churches and participates with them in joint efforts to recover the visible unity of all Christians. In this effort, it gives primacy to those aspects of faith that brings all Christian churches and communions closer without ignoring the substantive doctrinal and theological differences that caused their separation.
Justification by faith is an authentic teaching of the New Testament. Equally, the acts of penitent prayer, asking God for forgiveness, and inviting Christ and the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts--these acts, too, are indispensable to Orthodox Christian life. But we must ask: is salvation a one-time event in life? What is the role of faith and works in the mystery of our salvation?
The last several years have seen Jesus in the headlines over and over again, often because an artifact has been uncovered that purports to tell us something we never knew before. It is an amazing testament to the unique power of the person of Jesus that these stories continue to attract the attention even of unbelievers.
An announcement about an ancient text in which Jesus is reported to have spoken about "my wife" has received extensive attention in the media. The text comes from a small papyrus fragment about 1x3 inches in size, judged to be of the fourth century AD, which apparently had broken off from a larger page of a document presumed lost.