Although generally referred to as canon law, such a name given to the Church's law suggests a parallel to secular law. It would be more correct to call it the tradition of the holy canons, since they are the object of its concern. This law of the Church, her canonical tradition, is an outgrowth of the holy canons; and it appears on the surface to have much in common with secular law, involving persons invested with authority (bishops), as well as the means of creating, formulating, interpreting, executing, validating, amending and revoking laws (through synods or conciliar actions).
Within the Orthodox Church feast days and fast days are reckoned according to two distinct calendars, the Julian Calendar and the Gregorian Calendar. The first is attributed to the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, whose name it bears. It was later corrected in the sixteenth century by Pope Gregory XIII due to the ever-increasing discrepancy between calendar time and calculated astronomical time. Thus the Gregorian Calendar came into being.
Strictly speaking, Byzantine music is the medieval sacred chant of Christian Churches following the Orthodox rite. This tradition, encompassing the Greek-speaking world, developed in Byzantium from the establishment of its capital, Constantinople, in 330 until its fall in 1453. It is undeniably of composite origin, drawing on the artistic and technical productions of the classical age, on Jewish music, and inspired by the monophonic vocal music that evolved in the early Christian cities of Alexandria, Antioch and Epheus.
Includes: The Bible - Greatest Monument of Mankind; The Original Languages of the Inspired Word of God; The Translations of the Bible; The Need to Know the Original Languages; The Translation of the Bible into English; The Revised Standard Version; The Finding of Ancient Manuscripts in Original Languages; The Need of a Common English Version; The Bible- The Revealed Word of God
"Should I be baptized again?" Many renewed Orthodox Christians have asked themselves and others whether they should be baptized as adults. I readily understand why this question is asked, for I myself must admit that I did not always feel comfortable about the Orthodox Church baptizing infants. I asked myself several other questions as well: "How can an infant 'believe and be baptized'?" "Where in Scripture does it show an infant being baptized?" "Is not the baptizing of infants the reason why the contemporary Orthodox Church has a need for renewal and re-evangelization?"
A concise account of the life of the Twelve Apostles of Christ, their mission and movement to establish the Church of Christ; their mission to hand down the oral and written Sacred Christian Tradition, along with a short biography on each Apostle.
Includes: Importance of Orthodox Christian's Knowledge of Sources; Accurate Sources of the Orthodox Church (listed in chronological order, with short explanation); Contemporary Importance of Primary and Secondary Sources.
A concise presentation of some fundamental teachings of Faith, Worship, Norms of Living and Principles of Administration of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
The Orthodox Church throughout the ages has maintained a continuity of faith and love with the apostolic community which was founded by Christ and sustained by the Holy Spirit. Orthodoxy believes that she has preserved and taught the historic Christian Faith, free from error and distortion, from the time of the Apostles. She also believes that there is nothing in the body of her teachings which is contrary to truth or which inhibits real union with God. The air of antiquity and timelessness which often characterizes Eastern Christianity is an expression of her desire to remain loyal to the authentic Christian Faith.
This booklet has been prepared for all who recognize Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It comes to the reader who has been heavily influenced by the vain philosophies of contemporary society, which ridicule and negate the discipline of abstinence and fasting as a Christian practice. It comes to inform the reader that fasting was introduced by God Himself as a spiritual discipline for the benefit of the believer.Through the practice of fasting the Christian discerns two values in life, the one, which is identified only with the world, and the other, which promises eternal benefits in God's Kingdom.The writer of this booklet, therefore, offers this effort to all who seek eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ.