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The Counter Culture Church – Sermon for the Sunday of St. John of the Ladder

April 4th, 2011 4 Comments

We live in a world with blazing speed internet that renders TV, radio and newspapers obsolete, we have access to rapid  couriers that can bring to our doors anything from around the world in 24 hours, we even have churches that promise instant  salvation with a simple declaration of faith.  If there was one word to define our society today that would be instant gratification. With the development of technology this long awaited dream of man is getting closer to becoming reality.

I say long awaited because even in the Biblical times people dreamed of such things. Adam and Eve in paradise were seeking  instant knowledge by eating from the tree of knowledge. The apostles today, after seeing Christ… Continue reading

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’– Liturgy of the Faithful">Questions and Answers about the Divine Liturgy #4– Liturgy of the Faithful

February 19th, 2009 11 Comments

altar_orthodox1.      Who are the faithful? The faithful are all that have received the Baptism in the name of the Holy Trinity in the Orthodox Church and are found in good ecclesiastical order. As we saw previously the catechumens and the people that were not in good order were leaving the Nave after the Litany of the catechumens and staying in the Narthex
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’– Liturgy of the Catechumens">Questions and Answers about the Divine Liturgy #3– Liturgy of the Catechumens

February 19th, 2009 2 Comments

gospel_book_11. What are the catechumens? The catechumens are those that are preparing to become Christians. 2. Why during the first centuries the catechumens could not participate in the whole liturgy? St. Cyril of Jerusalem explains the situations of the catechumens: „the divine words echoed outside of him; [...] he was a listener of the Christian teachings but they were not penetrating
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’– About the Proskomidi">Questions and answers about the Divine Liturgy #2– About the Proskomidi

February 19th, 2009 No Comments

proscomidiar1.      What is the Proskomidi? The Proskomidi is the first part of the Divine Liturgy during which the Priest prepares mystically the gifts necessary for the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Liturgy. It is performed in a special place in the Holy Altar called the Oblation table, Proskomidi or Prothesis.
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Questions and answers about the Divine Liturgy #1- About the Divine Liturgy in general

February 19th, 2009 No Comments

liturgy1. What is the meaning of the word Liturgy? The word Liturgy comes from the Greek word leitourgia meaning service or public office. In the primary Church the word liturgy was referring not only to the Church services but to any services rendered to the Christian community
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