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Mary, The Mother of God, an Eastern Orthodox Christian perspective.

This is a video lesson series exploring the Old Testament prefiguring of the Theotokos (Mother of God)  and the hymnody used by the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church to venerate her.

How can one get to heaven – how is one saved? Ephesians 2:4-10

In Paul's letter to the faithful who live in Ephesus 2:4-10, he addresses this question and says that we are saved by grace through faith. But, Paul also points out in this letter that there is a unity of grace, faith and works for salvation - he makes it clear that we are not saved … Continue reading How can one get to heaven – how is one saved? Ephesians 2:4-10

Persecution and Martyrdom, Matthew 10:16-32

The Orthodox Church typically reads this passage on days commemorating martyrs and on August 1. Saint John Chrysostom wrote in his homily on the Gospel of Matthew that Jesus was preparing the apostles for a new type of combat. He does not tell them to fight back rather to submit and allow others to help … Continue reading Persecution and Martyrdom, Matthew 10:16-32

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....

Akathist Hymn prayers to the Mother of God and the Lord intoned Byzantine style in English and Greek.

How to intone the prayers to the Mother of God and the Lord in English and in Greek using Byzantine Style chant as found in Great Compline and the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos according to Greek Orthodox usage during Great Lent.

Bible Study – The Writings: Wisdom and Poetry. An Eastern Orthodox Christian Perspective.

This Bible Study video series focuses on the Old Testament Wisdom and Poetry writings listed below and is conducted from an Eastern Orthodox Christian perspective.

The Lord’s Prayer in Greek, Phonetics, and English

It is a common fact in English speaking countries that English Translations of the Lord's Prayer used in the Orthodox Church deviates considerably from one text to another.  They all say essentially the same thing but use different, sometimes complex, English words in the translation.  What absolutely never changes is the original text in the … Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer in Greek, Phonetics, and English

How an Orthodox Christian makes the sign of the Cross

This is a helpful pictorial aid for religious education and home schools that explains how an Orthodox Christian positions their hand when making the sign of the Cross. How an Orthodox Christian positions their hand when making the sign of the cross  

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

Why do some Orthodox Christians dye their eggs red?

The whole world maybe in quarantine at Easter 2020,  but that doesn’t mean we have to neglect our Easter Traditions. Today (April 16, 2020) is Holy Thursday for Orthodox Christians and by tradition people of Greek, Albanian, Antiochian and Romanian extraction dye their eggs red on Holy Thursday morning. Why? Some Orthodox have a tradition … Continue reading Why do some Orthodox Christians dye their eggs red?

The Old Testament Priesthood as compared to the New Testament Priesthood

...In the Old Testament, it was prophesied by Isaiah and Ezekiel that the Lord God would come as a shepherd to His flock (Isaiah 40:11) (Ezekiel 34:12, 34:23).   In John 10:7-16, Jesus Christ declares himself as the shepherd and Jesus Christ's ministry is precisely that, the shepherding of the people, the body of the Church....

Sunday School Advent/Christmas program for Orthodox Christian Youth.

This is a Sunday School Advent/Christmas program that effectively includes all children in the Catechism program of the church, First Grade through Teens.

The purpose of the program is to create anticipation and preparation in awaiting the birth of our Savior during the 40-day Christmas Lenten period.

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.

Eastern Orthodox Christian Timeline with Brief Explanation of the Seven Great Ecumenical Councils

This is a convenient Eastern Orthodox Christian Timeline that provides a very brief explanation of some of the decisions of the Seven Great Ecumenical Councils that were held during the first 1000 years of Christianity

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