Spørgsmål: Jeg tænkte egentlig lidt på om der er noget man kan gøre når der ikke findes nogle ortodokse kristne i nærheden af hvor man bor ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Danish



Spørgsmål: Jeg tænkte egentlig lidt på om der er noget man kan gøre når der ikke findes nogle ortodokse kristne i nærheden af hvor man bor.


Jeg forstår dit spørgmål sådan, at du spørger til, hvordan du kan sætte dit kristenliv mere i system, når du ikke lige har andre ortodokse i nærheden, som du kan gøre det sammen med.

Det er naturligvis ikke så nemt, når man ikke uden videre kan tage del i et fælleskab, men der er alligevel meget at gøre.

Du kan for eksempel bede morgen- og aftenbøn. Jeg foreslår, du køber den danske bønnebog. Hvis du synes, at det er uoverkommeligt med alle bønnerne, så kan du nøjes med dem, du synes der passer dig.

Du kan læse dagens bibeltekster. Kan du også bestille en liturgisk kalender med referencerne.

Du kan holde fasten og fejre helligdagene. Her er kalenderen også til hjælp.

Det er en god ide at have et hjemmealter. Det kan være på et hjørne af skrivebordet eller på en kommode, og der behøver ikke at være mere end én ikon. I det hele taget skal man vogte sig for ikke at gå efter det “perfekte”. Det er bedre at starte stille og roligt. Kristenlivet er som bekendt en “vej”.

Så er det også en god støtte at læse bøger. Måske burde jeg lave et opslag på hjemmesiden om gode bøger. Mange gængse bøger er desværre ikke så nemt tilgængelige.

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



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).


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.


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)


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.


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.”


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.





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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.





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.


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



St. John of Kronstadt: What does the daily invocation of the saints signify . . .


What do you mean, “Pray to the Saints”? – Video






What Do You Mean, “Pray to the Saints”?

Frederica Mathewes-Green, Maryland, USA


Welcome to the Orthodox Church! Join Frederica Mathewes-Green, in this video series, on a journey into the Eastern Orthodox Church. Learn about Orthodox teachings and dogma, Orthodox architecture and terminology, and what it means to live an Orthodox life.

In this video, “What Do You Mean ‘Pray to the Saints?’,” Frederica explains that the English word “pray” in this sentence is a little misleading. So, what does it mean to pray to the Saints and what does the Orthodox Church practice? Watch to find out!



Why do Christians pray to God?



Why do Christians pray to God?

Christianity uniquely emphasises that a Christian can have a personal relationship with God. We should regard prayer as being the talking part of the relationship and a two way process at that. Jesus himself set down the model prayer for all Christians:

“This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9-13).

Prayer has the benefit of drawing us into a deeper relationship with God – as we pray we learn more about his will for our lives.