Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Theotokos, the Mother of Our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ

The name “Theotokos” means “Mother of God” in Greek, a title officially recognized at the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD, but one which was in use well before this council.  Nestorius proposed that she was in fact the Christotokos, … Continue reading

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The Apostles’ Fast

The Apostles’ Fast starts tomorrow, Monday, June 7 os/20 ns, 2011, and lasts until June 29 os/July 12 ns, on which day we celebrate the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.  This is an ancient fast of the Church, and … Continue reading

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The First Sorrowful Epistle

The First Sorrowful Epistle of Metropolitan St Philaret, the reposed first-hierarch of ROCOR, was written in 1969 against the various ecumenical activities that were occurring at the time.  At their ordination, Orthodox Christian bishops make a promise to preserve the … Continue reading

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The Church in the New Testament

There are many Christian religions in existence in our modern times.  We have the responsibility to ask ourselves: is there one, true Church (or are the many various Christian churches all part of the same church?), and, if so, what … Continue reading

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