Salvation in the Orthodox Concept

By Fr. Antonios Kaldas Eastern and Western Christians agree that sin separates humanity from God and that Christ reversed that separation. But what is sin, and what did Christ do to reverse it? That is where they disagree. This article looks at the Differences in the understanding of sin, salvation, punishment, heaven and hell between... Continue Reading →

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Below are some great Coptic Orthodox Websites Orthodox Resources and personal blog of Abouna Moses Samaan Abouna Peter Farrington’s Blog Discovering Orthodoxy by Abouna Peter Farrington Abouna Antonios Kaldas' Blog LA Coptic Diocese - Orthodoxy LA Coptic Diocese – Resources The Coptic Church Review Orthodox Christian Quotes Abouna Tadros Malaty Biblical Commentaries Orthodox Audio Sermons... Continue Reading →

Hierarchy May Not Mean What You Think It Means…

By Fr. Antonios Kaldas One of the criticisms of the Orthodox Churches that is often raised is that it has a rigid hierarchical and even patriarchal structure, a hierarchy of patriarchs, bishops, priests and deacons who run everything in the church, while Protestant structures are more democratic, more ‘congregation-friendly’. As you will have no doubt... Continue Reading →

The Roles & Duties of the Deacon

By Matthew George Despite being a blessing and a privilege, the role of a deacon is not one of superiority or entitlement. The position of a deacon is one of responsibility, service and duty, earned through virtue and labour. This article will give a brief overview of what is expected of a deacon and how... Continue Reading →

The Ranks of the Deaconate

By Matthew George The order of the deaconate forms one side of the triangle of priesthood, which is made up of: The order of deacons The order of priests The order of bishops Within the order of deacons exist five discrete ranks, to each of which is traditionally assigned specific duties to perform in the... Continue Reading →

Sin, Death and the Fall

Fr. Peter Farrington – St George Ministry – Coptic Mission Communities in the UK I would like to consider the dogmatic aspects of Sin, Death and the Fall which are the basis of man’s estrangement from God, and the cause of our needing a Saviour. We will look at these different aspects in turn, and we... Continue Reading →

Penal Substitution

Fr. Peter Farrington – St George Ministry – Coptic Mission Communities in the UK It seems to me, from my study of St Cyril and St Severus (which I am not suggesting is comprehensive), that the Anselmian notion of Penal Substitution is very far from their own Orthodox teaching. Indeed I do not believe it is... Continue Reading →

The Heavenly Host in Coptic Traditions

By Otto F. A. Meinardus, Ph.D.* Within the context of the theology and piety of the Copts the heavenly host occupies an important place. There are the seven archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Suriel, Zedekiel, Serathiel, and Ananiel. They are the seven spirits of God (Rev. 4:5). Furthermore, the Holy Scriptures mention the seraphim with their... Continue Reading →

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