What is the Holy Confession?

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Holy Confession

One of the Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) of the Orthodox Church

Holy Confession (or Repentance) is one of the holy mysteries (or sacraments) in the Orthodox Church, as well as many other Christian traditions. Through it, the penitent receives the divine forgiveness of Christ for any sins that are confessed. Confession is typically given to a Spiritual Father (usually a parish priest or monastic). Confession can be individual or general. The frequency of required confession (as well as whether or not general confession is permissible) can vary from parish to parish, and from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The better is once a month or twice a month.

Confession In the Bible

Old Testament

“He shall confess his sin that he has committed. And he shall make full restitution for his wrong, adding a fifth to it and giving it to him to whom he did the wrong.” (Num. 5:7)

“Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners, and they stood and confessed their sins and the guilt of their fathers. While they stood in their places, they read from the book of the law of the LORD their God for a fourth of the day and spent another fourth of the day in confession and worship of the LORD their God.” (Nehemiah 9:2-3)

“And read out publicly this scroll which we send you, in the house of the LORD, on the feast day and during the days of assembly: ‘Justice is with the LORD, our God; and we today are flushed with shame, we men of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem, that we, with our kings and rulers and priests and prophets, and with our fathers, have sinned in the LORD’S sight and disobeyed him. We have Continue reading “What is the Holy Confession?”

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COS’È IL NATALE? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian

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Cos’è il Natale?

DOMANDE & RISPOSTE

Q&A – HEART QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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Omelia sulla Natività del Signore

San Giovanni Crisostomo

PG 56, 385-394

Vedo uno strano paradossale mistero! Le mie orecchie risuonano dei canti dei pastori, ma i loro flauti non suonano una melliflua melodia, ma cantano con le labbra un inno celeste in totale pienezza.

Gli angeli inneggiano!
Gli Arcangeli uniscono le loro voci in armonia!
I Cherubini cantano la loro gioiosa lode!
I Serafini esaltano la sua gloria!

Tutti si riuniscono per lodare questa festa santa, vedendo la Divinità qui sulla terra, e l’uomo in cielo. Colui che è al di sopra dei cieli, ora per la nostra redenzione abita quaggiù, e colui che è stato umile è stato elevato dalla misericordia divina. Betlemme in questo giorno somiglia al cielo; invece di stelle ha ricevuto angeli, e al posto del sole, avvolge dentro di sé in ogni lato il Sole di giustizia. E non chiedetemi come: perché dove Dio vuole, l’ordine della natura si sottomette. Poiché Egli lo ha voluto, ne ha avuto il potere, è disceso, ha redento l’uomo; tutte le cose hanno cooperato con Lui a questo scopo. Oggi nasce Colui che eternamente è, e diviene ciò che non era. È Dio e diventa uomo! Diventa uomo senza smettere di essere Dio. Ancora, Egli è divenuto uomo senza alcuna perdita della divinità, e non è diventato Dio da uomo attraverso un accrescimento, ma essendo Logos si è fatto carne, la sua natura, a causa dell’impassibilità, è rimasta immutata.

Quando è nato, i Giudei non hanno accettato questa Sua insolita nascita. Da un lato i Farisei interpretavano male le Sacre Scritture e, dall’altro, gli scribi insegnavano cose completamente diverse. Ancora una volta Erode volle trovare il Bambino neonato non per onorarlo, ma per ucciderlo. Oggi essi si stropicciano gli occhi vedendo il Re del cielo sulla terra con una natura umana, nato da un utero verginale. Come dice Davide, Non le nasconderemo ai lori figli, alla generazione a venire. Così i re sono venuti e hanno visto il Re celeste venuto sulla terra, senza portare con sé Angeli, Arcangeli, Troni, Dominazioni, Potestà, Principati, ma seguendo una nuova e solitaria via: Egli è provenuto da un utero senza macchia. Eppure non ha abbandonato i suoi angeli, né li ha lasciati della sua custodia né, a causa della sua incarnazione, si è discostato dalla Divinità.

Ed ecco, sono venuti i re, per poter adorare il Re della gloria celeste; i soldati, per poter servire il Capo degli Eserciti del Cielo; le donne, per poter adorare Colui che è nato da una donna in modo che egli cambiasse i dolori del parto in gioia; le vergini, son giunte al Figlio della Vergine, per contemplare con gioia, come Egli, Datore del latte, che ha ordinato alle mammelle di riversarlo in rapidi ruscelli, riceve da una Vergine Madre il nutrimento dell’infanzia; i neonati, son giunti per poter adorare Colui che è divenuto un piccolo bimbo, in modo che dalla bocca dei bimbi e dei lattanti, potesse ricevere la lode; i bambini, son giunti al Bambino, che li ha elevati a martiri a causa della rabbia di Erode; gli uomini, son giunti a Colui che si è fatto uomo, in grado di guarire le miserie dei suoi servi; i pastori, son giunti al Buon Pastore che ha dato la sua vita per le pecore; i sacerdoti, son giunti a Colui che è divenuto il Sommo Sacerdote secondo l’ordine di Melchisedech; i servi, son giunti a Colui che ha preso su di sé la forma di un servo e può benedire la nostra schiavitù, con il premio della libertà; i pescatori, son giunti a Colui che, tra i pescatori, ha fatto diventare alcuni pescatori di uomini; i pubblicani, son giunti a Colui che di mezzo a loro ha chiamato e scelto un evangelista; le prostitute, son giunte a Colui che ha esposto i suoi piedi alle lacrime di una prostituta.

In poche parole, in modo che io possa abbracciarli tutti assieme, sono venuti tutti i peccatori che potevano per vedere l’Agnello di Dio che porta sulle sue spalle i peccati del mondo: I Magi per adorare; i pastori per glorificare; i pubblicani per proclamare; le prostitute per offrire mirra; la Samaritana per saziare la Sua sete; la donna Cananea per ricevere misericordia. Poiché dunque tutti si rallegrano, anch’io voglio gioire. Anch’io desidero condividere la danza corale, per celebrare la festa. Ma vi prendo parte, non pizzicando l’arpa, non agitando il tirso, non con la musica di trombe, né reggendo una torcia, ma Continue reading “COS’È IL NATALE? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian”

В ЧЕМ СМЫСЛ ЖИЗНИ?

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В ЧЕМ СМЫСЛ ЖИЗНИ?

Ответы пастырей

Над этим вопросом ломают головы философы и мыслители на протяжении существования всего рода человеческого, и об этом же – зачем я живу? для чего? – задумывается каждый из нас, потому что жизнь оказывается пуста и тягостна, если ты не понимаешь ее смысла. И как же томит бессмысленность существования!

Так в чем он, смысл жизни?

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Исцелиться, научиться и вернуться

Священник Лев Аршакян:

– Смысл земной жизни в том, чтобы исцелиться от гордости, научиться послушанию и вернуться в Рай. Для этого пришел на землю Христос, Которого надо научиться любить больше всего на свете, а через Него – и всех христиан. Он говорил про Себя: «Я есмь путь и истина и жизнь» (Ин. 14: 6). В этом и состоит истинный жизненный путь – обрести жизнь вечную через исцеление, научение послушанию и возвращение в Небесное Отечество. Непослушание изгнало нас из этого Отечества. Заразившись гордостью от диавола, люди перестали быть послушными Богу и были изгнаны из Рая.

Поэтому наша главная задача – всё восполнить: исцелиться от гордости, научиться послушанию у Христа и вернуться в Рай, следуя Христу.

Нам, христианам, надо смотреть в Евангелие

Протоиерей Владимир Вигилянский:

– Уверен, что человек, который решится честно ответить на вопрос, в чем смысл жизни, неизбежно придет к Богу.

Почему? Потому что вне Бога ответ будет плоским, если не пошлым. Что и демонстрируют во всяких сборниках афоризмов многие известные и даже знаменитые гуманисты, для которых смерть бессмысленна.

Многие религии отвечают на этот вопрос очень просто: смысл жизни – в бессмертии. Вот, например, ответ царя Соломона:

«И сделался я великим и богатым больше всех, бывших прежде меня в Иерусалиме; и мудрость моя пребыла со мною. Чего бы глаза мои ни пожелали, я не отказывал им, не возбранял сердцу моему никакого веселья, потому что сердце мое радовалось во всех трудах моих, и это было моеюдолею от всех трудов моих. И оглянулся я на все дела мои, которые сделали руки мои, и на труд, которым трудился я, делая их: и вот, всё – суета и томление духа, и нет от них пользы под солнцем!» (Еккл. 2: 9–11).

Но нам, христианам, надо смотреть в Евангелие – там есть ответы на любые вопросы. Главные из них в этих словах Христа:

«Я есмь воскресение и жизнь; верующий в Меня, если и умрет, оживет. И всякий, живущий и верующий в Меня, не умрет вовек» (Ин. 11: 25–26);

«Я есмь путь и истина и жизнь» (Ин. 14: 6).

Из многочисленных рассуждений святых отцов на эту тему мне запомнилось высказывание преподобного Иустина (Поповича; 1894–1979) – одного из самых близких нам по времени святых:

«Тот, кто победит смерть тела, кто даст и обеспечит бессмертность телу – это многожеланный Бог и Спаситель, это смысл жизни и мира, это радость и утешение человека и человечества».

Смысл жизни может быть только в том, что не исчезнет, даже если закончится жизнь

Священник Валерий Духанин:

– Не столько умом, сколько сердцем ищем мы смысла. И это вовсе не философский вопрос, а потребность души – иметь что-то высшее, что озаряет всю твою жизнь, что дает тебе чистую цель. Смысл жизни – это то, что жизни твоей дает наполненность.

Разве может стать смыслом то, что дается только на время, что легко отнимается, рушится, заканчивается? Смыслом может быть только то, что Continue reading “В ЧЕМ СМЫСЛ ЖИЗНИ?”

Μπορεί κάποιος Ορθόδοξος να πάρει το όνομα του Ιούδα πρός τιμήν του Αγίου Αποστόλου Ιούδα του Θαδδαίου ή απαγορεύεται;

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Ιρλανδικές Ι. Εικόνες του Άγίου Αποστόλου Ιούδα του Θαδδαίου

Ερώτηση:

Μπορεί κάποιος Ορθόδοξος να πάρει το όνομα του Ιούδα πρός τιμήν του Αγίου Αποστόλου Ιούδα του Θαδδαίου ή απαγορεύεται;

Απάντηση:

Δεν απαγορεύεται κάποιος μοναχός ή λαϊκος να ονομαστεί Ιούδας κ να γιορτάζει του Αγίου Ιούδα του Θαδδαίου ή του Αγίου Ιούδα του Αδελφόθεου, απλά σε κάποιες χώρες δεν συνηθίζεται και αποφεύγεται επειδή το ίδιο όνομα είχε ο Απόστολος Ιούδας ο Ισκαριώτης ο προδότης του Χριστού.

Στην Ιρλανδία και στην Κεντρική Ευρώπη πολλοί άνθρωποι πέρνουν το όνομα Ιούδας – Jude προς τιμήν του Αγίου Αποστόλου Ιούδα του Θαδδαίου επειδή είχε πάει στην Ιρλανδία ως Απόστολος.

Επίσης υπάρχουν κ άλλοι Ορθόδοξοι Άγιοι που ενώ δεν ειναι κακό να πάρουμε το όνομά τους, σε κάποιες χώρες δεν συνηθίζεται ή αποφεύγεται. Όπως ο Άγιος Έρωτας (Έρως).

Το όνομα του Άγίου Έρωτα στην Δυτική Ευρώπη χρησιμοποιήται συχνά ως Eros.

 

Άγιοι Ἐρωτας (Έρως), Ορέντιος, Φαρνάκιος, Φίρμος, Φιρμίνος, Κυριακός καί Λογγίνος, μάρτυρες στην Γεωργία (24/6, +3ος αι.)

Τι είναι τα τελώνια και ο τελωνισμός των ψυχών;

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Τα 23 τελώνια και ο τελωνισμός των ψυχών

Τα 23 Τελώνια είναι 23 έλεγχοι που υφίσταται η ψυχή του ανθρώπου μετά το θάνατό του για συγκεκριμένα αμαρτήματα.

Σε κάθε έλεγχο εξετάζετε η ψυχή για ένα συγκεκριμένο αμάρτημα. Αν δεν έχει υποπέσει σ’ αυτό το αμάρτημα προχωρά στο επόμενο τελώνιο και… αν κατορθώσει και περάσει και το εικοστό τρίτο τελώνιο φτάνει μπροστά στην Πύλη του Παραδείσου. Αν όμως έχει υποπέσει σ’ αυτό το αμάρτημα, τότε τα τελώνια αυτού του ελέγχου την αρπάζουν και την οδηγούν στο σκοτεινό Άδη, όπου περιμένει την Τελική Κρίση στη Δευτέρα Παρουσία του Κυρίου, για να οδηγηθεί τελικά στην Κόλαση.

1. το τελώνιο της κακολογίας
2. το τελώνιο της ύβρης
3. το τελώνιο του φθόνου
4. το τελώνιο του ψέματος
5. το τελώνιο του θυμού και της οργής
6. το τελώνιο της υπερηφάνειας
7. το τελώνιο της βλασφημίας
8. το τελώνιο της φλυαρίας και της ανοησίας
9. το τελώνιο του τόκου και του δόλου
10. το τελώνιο της τεμπελιάς και του ύπνου
11. το τελώνιο της φιλαργυρίας
12. το τελώνιο της μέθης
13. το τελώνιο της μνησικακίας
14. το τελώνιο της μαγείας και της μαντείας
15. το τελώνιο της λαιμαργίας
16. το τελώνιο της ειδωλολατρίας
17. το τελώνιο της ομοφυλοφιλίας
18. το τελώνιο της φιλαρέσκειας
19. το τελώνιο της μοιχείας
20. το τελώνιο του φόνου
21. το τελώνιο της κλεψιάς
22. το τελώνιο της πορνείας
23. το τελώνιο της ασπλαχνίας

Η φοβερή οπτασία του μαθητή του Αγίου Βασιλείου

Φοβερά οπτασία την οποία είδε ένας μοναχός ονομαζόμενος Γρηγόριος, ο οποίος για ένα διάστημα ήταν μαθητής του Αγίου Βασιλείου του νέου επί Βασιλέως Λέοντος σοφού κατά τον 9ον αιώνα.

Ο Άγιος Βασίλειος ο νέος ήταν πνευματικός Πατέρας του οσίου Γρηγορίου, ο οποίος είχε επίσης πολλά άλλα πνευματικά τέκνα μεταξύ των οποίων ήταν και μια ευλαβέστατη γυναίκα ονομαζόμενη Θεοδώρα η οποία υπηρετούσε τον Άγιο Βασίλειο σε όλη της τη ζωή.
Έφθασε δε ο καιρός του θανάτου της και απέθανεν εντός ολίγων ημερών. Εγώ δε (ο Γρηγόριος) ευρισκόμενος σε απορία ζητούσα να μάθω και ενοχλούσα τον Άγιο για να μου ειπή εάν εσώθη η Θεοδώρα και που ευρίσκεται. Ο Άγιος Βασίλειος μετά τις πολλές μου ενοχλήσεις, μου είπεν: “Τέκνον μου Γρηγόριε αύτη τη νύχτα πορεύομαι πρός την Θεοδώρα και έλθε και συ μαζί μού για να την ιδής.” Εγώ ασπάσθηκα την δεξιά του χείρα και πορεύθηκα να κοιμηθώ. Και γενόμενος σε έκσταση ευρέθηκα σε ένα ανηφορικό και στενό μέρος, και εκεί βλέπω ωραιότατα παλάτια εξαστράπτοντα και κτυπόντας την πόρτα παρουσιάσθηκαν δύο γυναίκες και μου λέγουν.

Αυτά τα παλάτια είναι του πατρός Βασιλείου ο οποίος πριν από λίγο πέρασεν από εδώ και πήγε να ιδή την Θεοδώρα η οποία βρίσκεται εδώ. Ακούωντας δε η Θεοδώρα το όνομα της, έτρεξε στην πόρτα, μ’ ενηγκαλίσθη και μου λέγει: “Ώ! τέκνον μου Γρηγόριε! Πως ήλθες εδώ; Μήπως απέθανες και ήρθες εδώ;” Εγώ της Continue reading “Τι είναι τα τελώνια και ο τελωνισμός των ψυχών;”

Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

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Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

In John 20:15-17, we read that Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene after his death. Jesus calls Mary by name and she recognises his voice. Mary not only heard Jesus, she clearly saw and touched him as these verses indicate. Later on in the same chapter, Jesus appears to his disciples. Most significantly, Thomas who initially doubts, confirms that Jesus really was risen by feeling the physical wounds on his body. The Gospels all contain accounts of Jesus’ appearances after his death.

Evidence for Jesus resurrection is also found in Acts 9, where the risen Christ appears to Paul on the Damascus road.

What is Bishop, Blessing, Cantles, Catechumen, Chant and Cherubic Hymn?

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What is Bishop, Blessing, Cantles,

Catechumen, Chant and Cherubic Hymn?

What is a Bishop?

Bishop – Highest rank of clergy, possessing the fullness of Holy Orders as successor to the Apostles, and invested with Apostolic authority within his diocese (sometimes referred to as a metropolis).

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What are Blessings?

Blessings – The Blessing of Christ Himself, given by Bishops and Priests to the faithful, always in the sign or form of the Cross.

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What are the Cantles?

Candles – From the days of the Catacombs, Christians have accompanied their prayers with the lighting of lamps and candles, symbolizing their perpetually burning love for, and constant prayer to, our Lord Jesus Christ the “a light to enlighten the Gentiles,” (Lk 2:32) So we are called to be. (Lk 13:47)

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What is a Catechumen?

Catechumen – A catechumen is one preparing for entrance into the Church, usually by baptism and chrismation. The standard period for preparation of catechumens is one liturgical year, though in ancient times it often lasted two years.

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What does Chant mean?

Chant – All prayers and readings are chanted, or sung, in Orthodox Church Divine services, according to the ancient Christian tradition and teachings of the Church which says, “He who sings, prays twice.”

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What is the Cherubic Hymn?

Cherubic Hymn – The Hymn which is sung at the Great Entrance reminding all present that they are standing in the place occupied by the Heavenly hosts, and that they should set aside all worldly cares to prepare for the coming of the King of Glory, since we stand mystically in the place of those who stand perpetually in God’s presence.

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Τι πρέπει να κάνει ένας ομοφυλόφιλος για την σωτηρία της ψυχής του; Ένας ομοφυλόφιλος είναι αποδεκτός από την Εκκλησία;

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Τι πρέπει να κάνει ένας ομοφυλόφιλος για την σωτηρία της ψυχής του;

Ένας ομοφυλόφιλος είναι αποδεκτός από την Εκκλησία;

Ένας που είναι ομοφυλόφιλος πρέπει νά αρχίσει την Θεία Εξομολόγηση σε έναν καλό Ορθόδοξο Ιερέα, Πνευματικό Πατέρα και πρέπει με την βοήθεια του Θεού να κάνει αγώνα ώστε να μην κάνει πράξη την ομοφιλοφιλία. Αυτό θα το καταφέρει με την συχνή Θεία Εξομολόγηση.

Μας λέει ο Θεώδορος Ρηγινιώτης, Θεολόγος:

Ο ομοφυλόφιλος άνθρωπος είναι απόλυτα αποδεκτός από την Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία, όσο και κάθε άλλος άνθρωπος. Δεν υπάρχει άνθρωπος, που κάποια ιδιότητά του ή προτίμηση ή πράξη του να κάνει την Εκκλησία να τον απορρίψει· υπάρχουν μόνο άνθρωποι που οι ίδιοι έχουν απορρίψει την Εκκλησία και πορεύονται προς το Θεό απ’ το δρόμο που νομίζουν αυτοί, ο οποίος όμως συνήθως είναι λάθος δρόμος.

Αν ένας δολοφόνος είναι αποδεκτός από την Εκκλησία, γιατί δεν είναι ένας ομοφυλόφιλος; Αν εγώ, με τη χλιαρή και συχνά υποκριτική πίστη και αγάπη, είμαι αποδεκτός από την Εκκλησία, γιατί δεν είναι ένας ομοφυλόφιλος; Εκείνος μάλιστα μπορεί να έχει πολύ πιο θερμή πίστη και αγάπη από τη δική μου. Καμιά ρατσιστική διάθεση δεν υπάρχει στην Εκκλησία απέναντι σε κανένα άνθρωπο ή ομάδα ανθρώπων. Ρατσιστές γίνονται οι άνθρωποι που δεν έχουν καταλάβει καθόλου τι είναι ο ορθόδοξος χριστιανισμός ή που δε μπορούν να κάνουν έστω ένα βήμα για ν’ απομακρυνθούν από τις φοβίες και τα πάθη τους.

Κι αυτούς ακόμη τους ανθρώπους, η Εκκλησία τους αποδέχεται, γιατί η Εκκλησία υπάρχει για να θεραπεύει τον κόσμο από τα πάθη και τις φοβίες (με τη βοήθεια του Ιατρού Ιησού Χριστού φυσικά), όχι για να κρίνει τους ανθρώπους. (Πηγή: http://o-nekros.blogspot.gr/2011/07/gay-agenda.html – ΝΕΚΡΟΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΟΝ ΚΟΣΜΟ)

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What is Holy Communion, Deacon, Holy Eucharist, Holy Icons, Litany and Divine Liturgy?

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What is Holy Communion, Deacon,

Holy Eucharist, Holy Icons, Litany and Divine Liturgy?

What is Holy Communion?

Communion – The Orthodox Church sees the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist as a sign of unity, and not a means to it. Therefore, only Orthodox Christians who have properly prepared themselves are invited to receive of Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church.

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What is a Deacon?

Deacon – Third Order of the clergy, and lowest of those in Holy Orders, they assist the Bishop, and therefore, the priest when the Bishop is not present, in their pastoral, charitable, and liturgical responsibilities. The Deacon leads the people in prayer and worship, teaches and preaches the Word of God, cares for their spiritual well being of the Bishop’s flock, assists the Bishop and the priests in whatever way he can. He acts as a bridge between the Church and the world, heaven and earth.

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What is Holy Eucharist?

Eucharist – Greek for ‘Thanksgiving,’ since the earliest days of the Church, the word has come to stand for the Body and Blood of Christ in the Mystery of Holy Communion, made mystically present for us. See Lev 7:15; Amos 4:5; Ps 116:17; Mal1:10 for prophecies of the Eucharist as a sacrifice of thanksgiving.

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What are the Holy Icons?

Holy Icons – Icons form the “family portraits” of the house of God. The icons of Christ show that the Invisible God became visible flesh for our salvation, and thereby sanctified material creation. Not ‘holy pictures’, icons are images of the life transfigured in Christ, and therefore of the transfigured person. Just as most devout Christians have images of Jesus in their homes, so, too, do Orthodox Christians, but also in our Churches. These images of Christ cannot be personally interpreted by the artist any more than one could rewrite the Bible according to personal taste, but must conform to the strict likeness of the original, the same as a Biblical translation should.

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What is a Litany?

Litany – A series of prayers, led by the Deacon, or in his absence, a Bishop, to which the people and the choir respond “Lord have mercy.”

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What is Divine Liturgy?

Divine Liturgy – Liturgy means “The work of the people.” The principle worship service of the Orthodox Church, celebrating the Incarnation, Resurrection, Ascension, Enthronement and Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It is the standard Resurrection service of the Orthodox Church around the world.
The Divine Liturgy is divided into 3 distinct parts:

-Liturgy of Preparation (proskomedia) – This is the first one-third of the liturgy, where the bread and wine offered by the people are prepared for the Eucharistic service by the celebrant, and his deacon. It represents in a small way the Old Testament, in that is a preparation of the world for the coming of Christ.

-Liturgy of the Word – Containing the Great Litany, Antiphons, and the Epistle and Gospel lesson, this ends with the Bishop proclaiming and expounding upon the teachings of Christ, prayers for the departed, and catechumens. It presents the era of the New Testament, and the hearing of the Gospel of our Lord.

-Liturgy of the Faithful – This is the Eucharistic liturgy, containing the Anaphora, the Words of Institution and Epiclesis, the Lord’s Prayer, Communion, Thanksgiving and the Dismissal. This offers us a foretaste of the Second Coming of Christ, and the eternal union of Christ with His people.

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http://www.roseburgorthodoxchurch.org/glossary-of-orthodox-terms.html

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What is Divine Liturgy, Panagia, Pectoral Cross, Priest, Holy Relics, Sign of the Cross and Theotokos?

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What is Divine Liturgy, Panagia, Pectoral Cross,

Priest, Holy Relics, Sign of the Cross and Theotokos?

What is Divine Liturgy?

Divine Liturgy – Liturgy means “The work of the people.” The principle worship service of the Orthodox Church, celebrating the Incarnation, Resurrection, Ascension, Enthronement and Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It is the standard Resurrection service of the Orthodox Church around the world.
The Divine Liturgy is divided into 3 distinct parts:

-Liturgy of Preparation (proskomedia) – This is the first one-third of the liturgy, where the bread and wine offered by the people are prepared for the Eucharistic service by the celebrant, and his deacon. It represents in a small way the Old Testament, in that is a preparation of the world for the coming of Christ.

-Liturgy of the Word – Containing the Great Litany, Antiphons, and the Epistle and Gospel lesson, this ends with the Bishop proclaiming and expounding upon the teachings of Christ, prayers for the departed, and catechumens. It presents the era of the New Testament, and the hearing of the Gospel of our Lord.

-Liturgy of the Faithful – This is the Eucharistic liturgy, containing the Anaphora, the Words of Institution and Epiclesis, the Lord’s Prayer, Communion, Thanksgiving and the Dismissal. This offers us a foretaste of the Second Coming of Christ, and the eternal union of Christ with His people.

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What does Panagia mean?

Panagia – The Icon of the Incarnation – Christ and the Virgin Mary -worn by a Bishop in place of a Pectoral Cross, representing his faith in the Incarnation of Christ, which he must proclaim and defend, hence the reason he wears its image. Panagia means “All-holy.”

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What is the Pectoral Cross?

Pectoral Cross – Worn by Priests, it symbolizes the reality that the priest is the representative of Christ Crucified to the people and to the world, and as Christ’s ambassador, he is to bring them the Gospel of the Kingdom.

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What is a Priest?

Priest – The Second of the Major Holy Orders, priests/presbyters are the representative of the Bishop in the Parish. He receives, through Ordination, the power consecrate the Holy Eucharist, to preach and explain the teachings of the Holy Gospel, Baptize, Chrismate, celebrate Weddings, to give Holy Unction to the sick, to hear confessions and grant absolution in the name of the Lord.

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What are Holy Relics?

Holy Relics – Holy Relics are portions of the bone or vesture of a saint. Following the example of the early Church (Acts 19:11), and the power revealed through holy relics in the Old Testament (2 Kgs 13:21), the Church always places the relics of martyrs in the Altar, and often in the antimension, typifying Rev. 6:9.

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What is the Sign of the Cross?

Sign of the Cross – made by the earliest Christians, and today by their inheritors Orthodox Christians (also by Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and even Protestant reformers such as Martin Luther), the sign of the Cross is the enduring symbol of faith in Christ our Savior, and the blessing of the Christian. It is made, consecrating the mind (touch the forehead), heart (breast), soul (right shoulder) and strength (left shoulder) to God, the Holy Trinity. It is an ancient and profound confession of faith in Christ, going back at least until the second century, as recorded by Tertullian and other Church fathers.

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What does Theotokos mean?

Theotokos – Greek for “Birth-giver of God,” or “Bearer of God.” A title of theological and historical significance, the Orthodox Church refers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, as Theotokos, thus safeguarding the truth of the doctrine of the Incarnation. There are many holy Marys who were virgins, but there is only one Theotokos.

Source:

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http://www.roseburgorthodoxchurch.org/glossary-of-orthodox-terms.html

HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX CHURCH