Orthodox Church of the Mother of God

Joy of all the Sorrowful - Mays Landing, NJ (f. 1966)

Straight from the Heart

Orthodox Reflections by Father Lawrence
  1. Another Jesus
    One is tempted to hearken to the siren song of our relativistic and pluralistic society and conclude that all Christian churches believe pretty much the same thing.  There are differences of course—some have bishops and some don’t; some consider the Eucharist to be the true Body and Blood of Christ, and some don’t.  And of course Catholics have the Pope.  But apart from these incidentals (as the world regards
  2. Annunciation: Exalting Those of Low Degree
    In most Orthodox churches, the image of the Mother of God towers over us—sometimes literally, as her icon fills the upper apse of
  3. The Council of Crete and its Aftermath
              What was originally billed as “the Great and Holy Council” threatens to leave a legacy of a great and unholy mess.  The mess to which I refer is the bitter battle and division swirling around the question of whether certain documents produced by the council were genuine and unexceptionable or erroneous and heretical.  The statement on ecumenism draws most of the fire, with
  4. Why Wait?
    One question that young singles often ask when confronted with the Church’s traditional teaching that one should not engage in sex until marriage is
  5. A Little HIstory Lesson
    Not long ago the question about whether or not Orthodox Churches could accept homosexuality as a valid lifestyle came to

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