Prayer is the basis of our Christian life, the source of our experience of Jesus as the Risen Lord. Yet how few Christians know how to pray with any depth! For most of us, prayer means little more than standing in the pews for an hour or so on Sunday morning or perhaps reciting, in a mechanical fashion, prayers once learned by rote during childhood. Our prayer life-and thus our life as Christians-remains, for the most part, at this superficial level.
An article surveying the development and historical journey of Orthodox Monasticism, from the very beginning to our present situation. The article also deals with the spread of monasticism in the US, with many links to various monastic web pages.
The Church has her origin with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, not with a human teacher, or group, nor a code of conduct or religious philosophy. Orthodoxy believes that the Church has her origin in the Apostolic Community called into being by Jesus Christ, and enlivened by the Holy Spirit. The Feast of Pentecost, which is celebrated fifty days after Easter, commemorates the 'outpouring'' of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and marks the beginning of the mission of the Church to the world. The Orthodox Church believes that she has maintained a direct and unbroken continuity of love, faith, and order with the Church of Christ born in the Pentecost experience.
Rev. Thomas Fitzgerald explains the art and design of the Orthodox Church not only as a distinctive atmosphere of worship, but also as it reflects and embodies many of its fundamental insights.
Rev. George Mastrantonis explores Man's Desire for Spiritual Uplifting and its result in The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. He then explains how the Apostles received the Power to speak and understand many languages in The Beginning of the Church. Mastrantonis then reviews The Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the influence of glossolalia, in Speaking in and Interpretation of Tongues and The Invocation of the Holy Spirit at length.
Includes: Curiosity About Exorcism; Creation of Angels; Fallen Angels Become Demons; Exorcism; Corruption Through Fall of Adam; The Service of Exorcism; Other Prayers Exorcism and Overcoming Evil with Good.
The Holy Eucharist is the oldest experience of Christian Worship as well as the most distinctive. Eucharist comes from the Greek word which means thanksgiving. In a particular sense, the word describes the most important form of the Church's attitude toward all of life. The origin of the Eucharist is traced to the Last Supper at which Christ instructed His disciples to offer bread and wine in His memory. The Eucharist is the most distinctive event of Orthodox worship because in it the Church gathers to remember and celebrate the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ and, thereby, to participate in the mystery of Salvation.
An account of the approach to death, it's Christian meaning of Hope and Eternity, as well as excerpts and meaning of the Burial Service in the Eastern Orthodox church.
Rev. Dr. George C. Papademetriou explores the growing concerns that religious cults present to our youth today, and why they are a target audience. He outlines the theology of The Unification Church, The Children of God, Hare Krishna, Scientology, The Divine Light Mission, how mystical religions utilize drugs in their practices and way of life, as well as the variety of tactics used for new recruits. Papademetriou emphasizes the importance of family as an institution, and the awareness of young people in an effort to avoid involvement with these groups.