Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is Sacrament by which the believer eats the Holy Body and Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, presented by Bread and Wine.  This Sacrament has the greatest importance among the Seven Church Sacraments. It is sometimes called the 'Mystery of Mysteries' or the 'Crown of Sacraments'; for all the Sacraments are... Continue Reading →

Speaking in Tongues (Glossolalia)

By Fr. Antonios Kaldas Did you know that the fastest growth among the Christian denominations in Australia today is happening in the Pentecostal and Charismatic Protestant Churches? One of the defining characteristics of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity is the phenomenon of speaking in strange languages. It is believed that this is a miraculous gift from... Continue Reading →

The Bible

By Fr. Antonios Kaldas You will notice that in the last post I listed the Bible as a subheading under the heading ‘Tradition’. I did this to emphasise the nature of role of the Bible in Orthodox (and Roman Catholic) Christianity, in contrast to its role in Protestant Christianity. Protestants mostly follow a doctrine named... Continue Reading →

Apostolic and Patristic

By Fr. Antonio's Kaldas In the post on Tradition, I mentioned that the Orthodox (and Roman Catholics) derive their particular Christian tradition from the most ancient sources, and therefore from those sources closest to Christ. They strive to preserve a Tradition that has been faithfully passed down from generation to generation for nearly two thousand... Continue Reading →

The Virgin Mary and Orthodoxy – Part 1

Fr. Peter Farrington – St George Ministry – Coptic Mission Communities in the UK It is undoubtedly the case that the Virgin Mary remains a great obstacle to people from an evangelical background considering the claims of the Orthodox Faith to be the one Church which is the Body of Christ, established by the ministry of... Continue Reading →

On the Practice of Fasting

Fr. Peter Farrington – St George Ministry – Coptic Mission Communities in the UK It would be hard to consider developing an Orthodox spirituality rooted in the practice of the Church throughout the ages without introducing the practice of fasting. It was Jesus Christ Himself who said, ‘When you fast…’, not ‘If you fast…’. In the... Continue Reading →

The Church is One

Fr. Peter Farrington – St George Ministry – Coptic Mission Communities in the UK In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. In this article I want to begin to speak about the characteristics of the Church which are described for us in the Creed of Nicaea-Constantinople, and which... Continue Reading →

Bishops

Fr. Peter Farrington – St George Ministry – Coptic Mission Communities in the UK From the earliest years of the Church the role of bishop, or episkopos, has developed as a means of preserving the ministry of the Apostles into the more settled situation of organised Christian communities. The Apostle Paul, in his letters to Timothy... Continue Reading →

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