The life and character of an Orthodox Christian is in large measure shaped, nourished, and enriched by the liturgy or worship of the Church. Replete with biblical readings, imagery, and expressions, the texts of the liturgy set forth in doxological form the Church's authentic and living tradition. In the liturgy, the Orthodox Christian is in constant touch with the fundamental truths of the faith. Worship becomes a theology of fervent prayer, a living sacrifice of praise of a biblical people, a vision of the spiritual world, a betrothal with the Holy Spirit, and foretaste of the things to come.Paschal in character and essentially eschatological in spirit, Orthodox worship while continuously rehearsing the mighty works of God in history, joyously celebrates the kingdom of God already come and already given to us as the pledge of our salvation through the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ.
There are special experiences in our corporate life as Orthodox Christians when ;the perception of God's presence and actions is heightened and celebrated. We call these events of the Church Sacraments. Traditionally, the Sacraments have been known as Mysteries in the Orthodox Church. This description emphasizes that in these special events of the Church, God discloses Himself through the prayers and actions of His people.
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.