Orthopraxy – Prayer At Mealtime (Part 2)

From our weekly bulletin at St. Andrew Orthodox Church     Last week we looked at the prayers before our evening meal.  This week, we’ll look at the prayers for the mid-day meal.  Our mid-day meal should be preceded by the Lord’s prayer.   Prayer:  Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Read more about Orthopraxy – Prayer At Mealtime (Part 2)[…]

VIDEO – The Mystery of Holy Chrismation

In this video, Fr. Irineos explores the Mystery of Holy Chrismation, which follows Holy Baptism in Orthodox practice. This video explores the scriptural basis as well as the theological understanding of grace and the sacrament. If you enjoy this video, please subscribe to the YouTube series, “A Few Minutes for Faith.”  In the series we Read more about VIDEO – The Mystery of Holy Chrismation[…]

VIDEO: The Mystery of Holy Baptism

Continuing a discussion on grace and the Holy Mysteries (sacraments), Fr. Irineos discusses the Orthodox understanding of the Mystery of Holy Baptism, its grace imparting economy, and some differences between modern, western views of Baptism and the historic understanding of the apostolic Church. It’s only fair to share…

Orthopraxy – Prayer At Mealtime (Part 1)

From our weekly bulletin at St. Andrew Orthodox Church   Prayer is the constant companion of the Orthodox, alone, in community during worship in the church, and of course, with family.  Although you may have a family prayer, did you know that there are also separate prayers that the Church prescribes for each meal of Read more about Orthopraxy – Prayer At Mealtime (Part 1)[…]

One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic – The Four Marks of the Church

The four marks of the Church are set forth in the Ninth Article of the Nicene-Constantinopolean Creed.  The Church is “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.”  Each of these attributes is necessary to a proper and full description of the true Church.  Any group lacking even one of these characteristics is, by definition, not the Church. Read more about One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic – The Four Marks of the Church[…]

Why Me? The Temptation to See and Interpret God’s Will

In trying to divine “God’s hand” in occurrences in our day to day life, we leave ourselves open to attack and manipulation of the evil one. I like to remember this quote from St. Theophan the Recluse: “He who goes according to the will of the evil one does not experience attacks, but is simply Read more about Why Me? The Temptation to See and Interpret God’s Will[…]