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Catechesis

Faith is a comprehensive knowledge of the essentials, and knowledge is the strong and sure demonstration of what is received by faith, built upon

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Simplicity

Walk before God in simplicity, and not in subtleties of the mind. Simplicity brings faith; but subtle and intricate speculations bring conceit; and conceit

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Idolatry, Murder, & Witchcraft

There is only one sin, that of despising anyone. – a desert father Rage is idolatry. When I rage, I play God. Rage is

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Is Fasting a Good Idea?

Notes on the Great Fast Catechumens: The question with which we’re often greeted by non-Orthodox observing our abstinence during the Great Fast is more

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Tradition: Godparent / Godchild

The practice of godparents, witnesses or sponsors of a person who is to be baptized, and who are to instruct the person in the

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Dictionary: Godparents, Nounos, Affinity

From: A Dictionary of Orthodox Terminology Fotios K. Litsas, Ph.D. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese web site Affinity. (Gr. Syngeneia). The spiritual relationship existing between an

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The Responsibility of the Godchild

by Sub-deacon Thomas Wilson Godparent and Godchild should develop a close and loving relationship. As with any relationship, this spiritual one needs to be

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The Responsibility of the Godparent

Sub-deacon Thomas Wilson has compiled from the OCA web site and Fr. Timothy Sawchak some areas of responsibility for the godparent. They are written

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Prayer

Prayer is the test of everything; prayer is also the source of everything; prayer is the driving force of everything; prayer is also the

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The Prayer Book & Lay Prayers

The temptation to fear private prayer or treat it with overmuch delicacy is a deadly one.  It can also be a misconception, since private

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Hymns to Learn for Holy Pascha

HYMN TO THE RESURRECTION: Having beheld the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship, the holy Lord Jesus, the only Sinless One! We venerate Thy

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Intellect

Just as the simple thought of human realities does not oblige the mind to disdain the divine, so neither does the simple knowledge of

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Reverence in Speech

Catechumens: Throughout the scriptures, we learn to be gentle in our speech with others, to season our speech with grace, to be reverent of

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Save Yourself – St. Seraphim

Catechumens: You have probably also grown used to my rather constant refrain of the words of holy St. Seraphim – ‘save yourself, and thousands

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Do Nothing Without The Bishop – St. Ignatius

Catechumens: In having led you, and with the very first lessons I provided from our father among the saints Ignatius, you know how I