The Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. Matthew 14:14-22; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-14

....Biblical scholars see various meanings in this scripture reading. Some biblical scholars conclude that this miracle performed by Jesus is a....

Exaltation of the Holy Cross, John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30.

...Most biblical scholars agree that chapter 19 of John’s Gospel ironically indicates that even when men are pushing their own agendas to accomplish something they desire, they are in fact fulfilling God’s Will without realizing it....

How the Sacrament of Baptism is related to the Lord’s Passion and Pascha in the Orthodox Church – Mark 10:32-45, Matthew 20:17-19, Luke 9:22-27

This Gospel reading is the third time that Jesus Christ teaches of His crucifixion and resurrection to the 12 Apostles. The first time Jesus speaks of....

The Relationship between John the Baptist and Jesus Christ – Mark 1:1-1:8

Many biblical scholars believe that John the Baptist was related in some way to Jesus Christ through the Virgin Mary’s bloodline and ...

The Beginning of Jesus Christ’s Ministry – Matthew 4:12-17

After Jesus had been baptized by John (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:32,22; John 1:29-34) and triumphs over Satan in the wilderness(Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12, 13; Luke 4:1-13), He learned that John the Baptist had been arrested....

Sacred Space: The Architecture and Space of a Byzantine Church

Within the narrative of faith itself, everything within the Byzantine temple is designed with biblical and theologically centered meaning to define a sacred space where a person may have an experience of being in the presence of God. This video explores the history of the early Christian communities, Byzantine Church Architecture, Iconography, and the use … Continue reading Sacred Space: The Architecture and Space of a Byzantine Church

The Christian Symbol of the Fish

For a printable copy, access this link In the earliest of Christian times, when Christians were heavily persecuted, the fish symbol came to represent Christianity long before the Cross symbol was in use.   The symbol of the fish was used to identify oneself as a Christian to others, mark burial places of the saints … Continue reading The Christian Symbol of the Fish

Guide to creating a didactic (teaching) Divine Liturgy in your Home School or Parish.

The following is a link to a helpful guide for establishing an Eastern Orthodox Christian  Didactic (teaching) Divine Liturgy in your Home School or Parish:  Didactic (teaching) Divine Liturgy Guide. Some helpful hints for stylizing the Didactic Divine Liturgy Guide and creating your own document for handout in your Home School or Parish are: Use … Continue reading Guide to creating a didactic (teaching) Divine Liturgy in your Home School or Parish.

The Orthodox Tradition of a Prayer Rope (Komboskini, Chotki) for The Jesus Prayer

The Jesus Prayer is:  "Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner". Some will even revise this prayer to be, "Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me THE sinner". The prayer rope (komboskini, chotki) originated in the monastic world as a tool that could be used in the … Continue reading The Orthodox Tradition of a Prayer Rope (Komboskini, Chotki) for The Jesus Prayer

Orthodox Christian Youth Craft for Christmas Lent – Christmas (Advent) Wreath

For Orthodox Christians, the fast period for the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ begins on November 15 and extends through December 25. Orthodox Christians often refer to this time as the Christmas Fast or Christmas Lent. This is a spiritual period of moderate fasting, prayer, scripture reading and reflection on the coming … Continue reading Orthodox Christian Youth Craft for Christmas Lent – Christmas (Advent) Wreath