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This section of our website has articles about Orthodoxy and our church. These articles are also currently subdivided into three categories:

  • Orthodox Church, a collection of articles about the Orthodox Church. We hope the articles in this section will be helpful to both inquires of Orthodoxy, and to those who are members of the Church.
  • Worship, a collection of articles about services, prayers, and worship of the Orthodox Church.
  • Saints and Icons, a collection of articles about saints, their relics, or their icons. We hope to include articles, of special interest to our parish, on the saints who are depicted on our icons, or whose holy relics rest here. Articles on our feast day icons will be included here also.

Also see our Salvation History Section and our list of Videos.


The Psalter: (A Model and Means of Prayer)

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The Psalter: (A Model and Means of Prayer)

By Fr. John Ealy, St. Stephen Orthodox Church, Orlando, Florida

The Psalter, portions of which are chanted at all services of the Church, is considered to be the hymn book of the Church. A great importance has been ascribed to it by Christians from the earliest times. Psalms make up the bulk of Vespers, Matins, Compline and the Hours. The Typical Psalms are used at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. The antiphons of feast days, which replace the Typical Psalms, are taken from the Psalter, as are the Prokeimenon and Alleluia verses.

Why is this book so significant?

It is the Word of God and a teacher of prayer. Attentively chanting the Psalms teaches one how to pray. The early saints testify to this fact. They chanted the Psalms daily, and in this manner were taught to pray. The saints explain to us that the Psalms' importance lies in the fact that through them, God Himself, provides us with the words which we need in order to pray. One who chants the Psalms will learn how to pray in the correct manner and for the proper things.

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Infant Baptism in the Orthodox Church

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Infant Baptism in the Orthodox Church

By Fr Kaleeg Hainsworth

Every night my family gathers around the dinner table. We pray, we dish out the food, we laugh and argue and ask and answer questions. The scene is sometimes chaotic, sometimes serious, sometimes silly, but whether openly acknowledged or not, this scene defines our family. This table becomes the heart of our family gathering, and in a real way reveals us as a family. My girls, when they come to the table, come as full members of the family. They are not invited to the table but excluded from the food. By simply being born into our household they, by right, belong to the household, and therefore belong at the dinner table. This right is never questioned, there status never challenged. Do they understand the significance of belonging to the family? Do they appreciate the blessings inherent in membership? Of course not, at least not yet. Will they ever reject this family? Will they break the holy fellowship of that dinner table? Probably not, but even if I worry that they will, I cannot keep from them the family status which they have as a birthright. On the contrary, honoring that status, rejoicing and raising them in it, will do more to preserve them as valuable family members than waiting to offer this membership until I am sure they truly appreciate their full status as a member of my family.

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Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

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The Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

(Trisagion Prayers)

Having secretly received the command, the Archangel hastened into Joseph's abode and spoke to the Holy Virgin. He Who bowed the Heavens with His descending, is wholly contained, yet unchanged in You. And seeing Him taking the likeness of a servant in your womb, I stand in amazement and cry unto you:

Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin [3 times].  

Kontakion 1

Unto you, O Theotokos, invincible Champion, your City, in thanksgiving ascribes the victory for the deliverance from sufferings. And having your might unassailable, free us from all dangers, so that we may cry unto you:

Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.

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Way of the Ascetics

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Way of the Ascetics

By Tito Colliander

Introduction

The "Way of the Ascetics" is an introduction to the narrow way that leads to life. It is a simple yet profound exposition of the spiritual life taught by the Orthodox Church for two thousand years. It is a portal to the vast spiritual experience of the desert fathers, and an insight into the spiritual lives of the saints. Reminiscent of the Ladder of St. John Climacus, "Way of the Ascetics" compells us to again begin the struggle to climb away from the world to the Kingdom of Heaven
In our era of new-age spirituality and homemade religion, the simple patristic style of this work is consoling. In our age of spiritual naivete, the simple and understandable instructions offered herein are enlightening and inspiring. We offer this text here on the internet for the first time, so that all spiritual neophytes in need of simple and easy to follow instructions may once again set out on the time-tested way that leads to the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Icon of the Ascension of Our Lord

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Icon of the Ascension

Icon of the Ascension of Our Lord

This Icon of the Ascension of Our Lord, is found on the Iconostas of our church, in the row of great feasts.

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Subcategories

  • Orthodox Church

    Articles about the Orthodox Church

    This section of our website, is a collection of articles about the Orthodox Church. We hope the articles in this section will be helpful to inquires of Orthodoxy, Catechumens, and to those who are members of the Church.

    Good starting points would be:


     

    Article Count:
    94
  • Worship

    Articles on services and prayers.

    This section of our website has a collection a collection of articles about services, prayers, and worship of the Orthodox Church.

    Good starting points would be:


    Article Count:
    82
  • Saints and Icons

    Articles on Saints and Icons

    This section of our website, is a collection of articles about saints, their relics, or their icons. We hope to include articles, of special interest to our parish, on the saints who are depicted on our icons, or whose holy relics rest here. Articles on our feast day icons will be included here also.

    Besides enhancing the beauty of our church, icons remind and instruct us in matters pertaining to the Christian faith. They can lift us up to the prototypes which they symbolize, to a higher level of thought and feeling, to help transform us and sanctify us. Icons can stimulate us to imitate the virtues of the holy personages depicted on them. They serve as a means of worship and veneration.

    Good starting points would be:


    Article Count:
    59
  • Videos

    Articles by Video

    This part of our website is where we post videos for now. They may be moved into other categories on the website, whatever seems best.

    (All  the 7 questions 7 answers vedios are noiw in this category.)


     

    Article Count:
    32

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