What does the Orthodox Church think of streetpreaching?



What does the Orthodox Church think of streetpreaching?

The Orthodox Church accept the streetpreaching because the Jesus Christ and His Holy Apostles done streetpreaching.

The streetpreaching is something good but the issue is what they teach! If the streetpreachers teach the Orthodox Christianity this is good. If the streetpreachers teach wrong teaches this is not good for the souls of people who hear them.

The Orthodox Church accept the streerpreaching and there are many Orthodox priests who doing streetpreaching in our days.

Many Saints of the Orthodox Church in all the centuries done streetpreaching. Also, the Saints of our days.

Some Orthodox streetpreachers are:

-Fr. Josiah Trenham, the priest of the Orthodox Church of Saint Andrew in the Riverside, California, USA: https://saintandrew.net


-Saint Daniel Sysoev in Moscow, Russia (+2009): http://orthochristian.com/117356.html

-Saint John of Santa Cruz, California, USA (+1985): https://saintsbookorthodoxy.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/37738/

-Saint Cosmas of Aetolia (Greece), Equal to the Apostles (+1779): https://iconandlight.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/saint-cosmas-of-aetolia-aitolos-equal-to-the-apostles/


-Also, all the Orthodox missionaries doing streetpreaching.


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What is true love? – Video




What is Love?:

An Orthodox Christian Understanding of the Divine Love of God

An Eastern Orthodox Lesson on what true love is, and how to acquire this true and Divine love of God.

Speaker / Translator – Mr Zalalas: Translator of Archimandrite / Spiritual Father Fr. Athanasios Mitilinaios, Greece


Why the Priests wear special clothes (vestments) in the Divine Liturgy?



Why the Priests wear special clothes (vestments)

in the Divine Liturgy?

The Holy Apostles in the first years of Church they were special clothes in the Divine Liturgy, too.

Historical witness

In this way, this person will begin his own search for the HISTORICAL Church. Regardless of what assertions someone may have (as to what the early Christians supposedly did or believed in their worship), there are historical records, early Christian texts and archaeological discoveries, which evidence that Christians from the very beginning worshipped God in the Orthodox manner, and not in the Protestant one. There was an acknowledgement of Synods, specialized clergy, icons, vestments, the honouring of saints and holy relics, clearly defined dogmas, Divine Liturgy, Confession, Holy Unction, Chrismation, memorial services, the Crucifix, fasting, feast-days… All these things existed, from the very beginning, with changes being made to the Rubric only in details of minor significance. Should a Protestant discover all this information within the ancient historical sources, he will come to realize that everything he had been taught by his leaders was just an arbitrary and false depiction of the first Christian Church; and he will realize that everything he detested in Orthodox worship as non-Scriptural, is precisely that which was delivered to us by the Lord Himself!!!

Historical research will most assuredly lead a well-intentioned person to Orthodox worship, away from the Protestant concoctions of the 16th century.



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The Church from the first years use special clothes in the Divine Liturgy of Sunday because Holy Bible say about these. The Church accept the Old and New Testament as Jesus Christ say in New Testament in Matthew 5:17-19. The Jesus don’t abolish the Old Testament but fulfill it.

Jesus Christ says in Matthew 5:17-19:

“17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:17-19).

So, the Church for the first years until today and always keep what the Holy Bible say about the clothes of Apostles-Priests in Old Testament:

“4Then bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water. 5 Take the garments and dress Aaron with the tunic, the robe of the ephod, the ephod itself and the breastpiece. Fasten the ephod on him by its skillfully woven waistband. 6 Put the turban on his head and attach the sacred emblem to the turban” (Exodus 29:4-6).

“And also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests” (Exodus 31:10).

“From the blue, purple and scarlet yarn they made woven garments for ministering in the sanctuary. They also made sacred garments for Aaron, as the Lord commanded Moses” (Exodus 39:1).

Also, you can read this:

Greek Protestants ask: Why be Orthodox?
By N. M., former heretic group leader

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What is the Orthodox Church? – Saint Sebastian Dabovich of Jackson & San Francisco, CA, USA (+1940)



What is the Orthodox Church?

Saint Sebastian Dabovich of Jackson & San Francisco, CA, USA (+1940):

WHAT is the Orthodox Church? The Orthodox Church is a body or community of people, who, 1—correctly believe in divine revelation; and 2—who obey a lawful hierarchy instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ himself, through the holy apostles. In order to belong to the Orthodox Church two principal conditions are required: First—to accurately accept, rightly understand and truthfully confess the divine teaching of faith; and secondly— to acknowledge the lawful hierarchy or priesthood, to receive from it the holy mysteries or sacraments, and generally to follow its precepts in matters concerning salvation.

+ St. Sebastian Dabovich, Preaching in the Orthodox Church: Lectures and Sermons by a Priest of the Holy Orthodox Church






What is the meaning of the Orthodox reverence of the holy servants of God?



What is the meaning of the Orthodox reverence

of the holy servants of God?




During baptism, a person is given a name in honor of one of the saints, who from that moment becomes his heavenly patron. Each Orthodox Christian should know the “life” — the history — of his heavenly patron and turn to him in prayer for help and guidance. Our devout ancestors tried to commemorate the day of their saint’s memory—their “angel’s day”—by partaking of the Holy Communion and celebrating this day more festively than their birthday.

What is the meaning of the Orthodox reverence of the holy servants of God? Do the saints in Heaven know our needs and difficulties and are they interested in us? Do they hear our prayers to them and do they try to help us? Indeed should we turn to saints for help, or is it enough to pray only to the Lord God? Sectarians, who have lost the apostolic traditions, do not understand the essence and purpose of Christ’s Church and thus deny the necessity of prayers to the saints in Heaven. We will briefly outline herein the Orthodox teaching concerning this.

Orthodox reverence of the holy servants of God comes from the conviction that all of us, those seeking salvation or those already saved, living and dead, form a single family of God. The Church is a great society, encompassing the visible and invisible world. It is a huge, universal organization, built on the principle of love, in which each member must care not only about himself, but about the well-being and salvation of others. Saints are those people who during their life more than others expressed love to others.

We orthodox believe that when a righteous person dies, he does not sever his ties with the Church, but crosses over to its higher, heavenly domain—into the Church triumphant. Once in the spiritual world, the soul of the righteous person does not stop thinking, wanting, feeling. Just the opposite, these characteristics are revealed more fully and completely.

Modern non-Orthodox Christians, having lost the active connection with the heavenly-earthly Church, have the most vague and contradicting ideas concerning the afterlife. Some of them think that after death the soul of the person falls asleep and is as though shut off from everything; others—that the Continue reading “What is the meaning of the Orthodox reverence of the holy servants of God?”

Φόνευσε ο Μωϋσής έναν Αιγύπτιο; Τι μας λέει η Αγία Γραφή για το γεγονός αυτό;



Ο Μωυσής και ο φόνος του Αιγύπτιου τυράννου (Έξ. 2, 12)

Στο σύντομο αυτό άρθρο θα εξετάσουμε την διδασκαλία που προκύπτει από την Αγία Γραφή, σχετικά με τον φόνο του Αιγυπτίου τυράννου από τον Μωυσή. Εκ πρώτης όψεως, θα έλεγε κανείς ότι η Γραφή δεν σχολιάζει το γεγονός, όμως αυτό δεν είναι αλήθεια. Θα δούμε λοιπόν το ζήτημα προσεκτικά ξεκινώντας με μια σύντομη ιστορική αναδρομή.

Το ιστορικό της παρουσίας

του Μωυσή στην Αίγυπτο και στην αυλή του Φαραώ

Ως γνωστόν, η ιστορία των ισραηλιτών ξεκινά από την αρχαία βαβυλωνιακή πόλη Ουρ (στα μισά περίπου μεταξύ Περσικού κόλπου και Βαγδάτης), όπου κατοικούσε μια μικρή οικογενειακή φυλή με ηγέτη τον Αβραάμ, τον οποίο διαδέχθηκαν στην ηγεσία ο Ισαάκ και κατόπιν ο Ιακώβ (οι λεγόμενοι και «Πατριάρχες»).

Από τα χρόνια του Αβραάμ η φυλή είχε μεταβεί και κατοικούσε στην Χαναάν, όμως στα χρόνια του Ιακώβ η πείνα τους οδήγησε σε επαφές με την πλούσια Αίγυπτο όπου τελικά και μετοίκησαν (Γέν. 41,57. 42,1. 42.5. 46,3).

Στο νέο αυτό περιβάλλον, η εβραϊκή φυλή όχι μόνο κατάφερε να επιζήσει, αλλά αναπτύχθηκε και ισχυροποιήθηκε, με αποτέλεσμα ο νέος Φαραώ της Αιγύπτου να φθονήσει τους ισραηλίτες, να τους υποδουλώσει και να φτάσει στο σημείο να διατάξει να θανατώνονται όλα τα αρσενικά τους νήπια (Έξ. 1,6-16) με σκοπό να εξαφανίσει ολοκληρωτικά το γένος τους.

Σε αυτό το επικίνδυνο περιβάλλον γεννήθηκε ο Μωυσής. Οι γονείς του για να τον προστατέψουν, τον τοποθέτησαν σε στεγανοποιημένο καλάθι το οποίο έριξαν κατόπιν στο ποτάμι. Εκεί τον βρήκε η κόρη του σκληρού βασιλιά, τον υιοθέτησε, και έτσι έγινε ο Μωυσής θετός εγγονός του Φαραώ και ανατράφηκε στο παλάτι με τα πλούτη (Εβρ. 11,26), τη δόξα και τη μόρφωση (Πράξ. 7,21-22) που του άρμοζαν.

Μετά τα παραπάνω περιστατικά, ο Μωυσής εμφανίζεται και πάλι στην Αγία Γραφή σε ηλικία 40 ετών (Πράξ. 7,23). Παρά το γεγονός ότι η κόρη του Φαραώ τον ανέθρεψε σαν δικό της γιο (Πράξ. 7,21), μέσα στο ειδωλολατρικό αυτό περιβάλλον δεν έχασε ούτε την εθνική, ούτε τη θρησκευτική του συνείδηση (Εβρ. 11,24) και τον Continue reading “Φόνευσε ο Μωϋσής έναν Αιγύπτιο; Τι μας λέει η Αγία Γραφή για το γεγονός αυτό;”

Questions about Protestantism, Saints, Prayer and Holy Sacraments



Questions about

Protestantism, Saints, prayer

& Holy Sacraments

Question: Is there any instances known of the use of saintly intercession in the Church before the Saint Constantine, or in light of the Bible verses above?


Yes, in the Maccabees and Baruch in the Old Testament (Septuagint).


Question: How do Baptismal names work?


You are named for a Saint that you share a name with or are close to.


Question: My birthname is Noah, is the biblical Noah considered a Saint?


Yes, Noah is a Saint.


Question: Why are certain prayers repeated a lot?


Because Christ prayed repeatedly when He was in the Temple, and in Revelation the elders and angels repeat prayers.


Question: What is the purpose of Sacraments? This is something that I have always found vague when reading about Orthodoxy.


They are how we participate in God’s divine life, and are the basis for why we do everything else we do.


Ποια είναι η ερμηνεία της Ευχής του Αγίου Εφραίμ του Σύρου;



Ερμηνεία της Ευχής του Αγίου Εφραίμ του Σύρου




«Κύριε και Δέσποτα της ζωής μου, πνεύμα αργίας, περιεργείας, φιλαρχίας και αργολογίας μη μοι δως.

Πνεύμα δε σωφροσύνης, ταπεινοφροσύνης, υπομονής και αγάπης χάρισαι μοι τω σω δούλω.

Ναι, Κύριε Βασιλεύ, δώρησαί μοι του οράν τα εμά πταίσματα και μη κατακρίνειν τον αδελφόν μου, ότι ευλογητός ει εις τους αιώνας των αιώνων. Αμήν».


Δέσποτα Κύριε, ο Θεός του ουρανού και της γης, Βασιλιά των αιώνων, ευδόκησε να ανοιχθεί για μένα η πόρτα της μετάνοιας, διότι σε ικετεύω με πόνο ψυχής. Δες στοργικά με την πολλή ευσπλαχνία σου, και δέξου τη δέησή μου, και μην αρνηθείς την ικεσία μου, αλλά συγχώρησε εμένα που έπεσα σε πολλά παραπτώματα. Στρέψε το αυτί σου στη δέησή μου, και συγχώρησέ μου όλες τις αμαρτίες που ως άνθρωπος έπραξα, επειδή νικήθηκα από την προαίρεσή μου. Διότι ζητώ ανάπαυση και δεν βρίσκω, επειδή η συνείδησή μου είναι μολυσμένη· αλλά ούτε ειρήνη υπάρχει μέσα μου εξαιτίας του πλήθους των αμαρτιών μου.

Άκουσε, Κύριε, μια καρδιά που κράζει σ’ εσένα με πόνο, και μην προσέξεις στα φαύλα έργα μου, αλλά ρίξε στοργικά το βλέμμα σου στον πόνο της ψυχής μου, και σπεύσε γρήγορα να θεραπεύσεις εμένα που είμαι τραυματισμένος φοβερά, και δος μου καιρό να συνέλθω, σύμφωνα με τη χάρη της φιλανθρωπίας σου, και ελευθέρωσέ με από τα αισχρότατα έργα μου, και μη μου ανταποδώσεις αντάξια με τα έργα που έπραξα, για να μην απολεσθώ εντελώς και στερηθώ από κάθε προθυμία και από κάθε σκέψη να διορθώσω τον εαυτό μου. Πέφτω λοιπόν και Continue reading “Ποια είναι η ερμηνεία της Ευχής του Αγίου Εφραίμ του Σύρου;”

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons? – G. V. Martini, Washington, USA



Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons?

G. V. Martini, Washington, USA

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons? (Part 1 of 5)

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons? (Part 2 of 5)

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons? (Part 3 of 5)

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons? (Part 4 of 5)

Is There Really a Patristic Critique of Icons? (Part 5 of 5)

About G. V. Martini
G. V. Martini works as a senior product manager for a software company and is a subdeacon in the Orthodox Church. He and his family attends St. Innocent Antiochian Orthodox Church in Everson, Washington.





What does the daily invocation of the saints signify? – Saint John of Kronstadt, Russia (+1908)

What does the daily invocation of the saints signify?

Saint John of Kronstadt, Russia (+1908)

What does the daily invocation of the saints signify — of different ones each day, during the whole year, and during our whole life? It signifies that God’s saints — as our brethren, but perfect — live, and are near us, ever ready to help us, by the grace of God. We live together with them in the house of our Heavenly Father, only in different parts of it. We live in the earthly, they in the heavenly half; but we can converse with them, and they with us. God’s saints are near to the believing heart, and are ready in a moment to help those who call upon them with faith and love.”

From the Book: St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ