The Tabernacle

From the Orthodox Study Bible (Old Testament): On Mt. Sinai Moses received not only the Ten Commandments, but also precise and detailed instructions for building the tabernacle – a moveable tent – where God met the assembly of the people Israel (Ex 25:1-27:21). Consequently, the tabernacle is built according to the divine blueprints (Ex 35:4-40:33). Here God’s Presence, His Glory, will be made manifest through the shining cloud filling the holy place (Ex 40:34-38). The importance of God’s … [Read more...]

The New Birth

From the Orthodox Study Bible: Early in His ministry Jesus revealed the way to enter God’s eternal Kingdom. We must be “born again” (John 3:3), a birth from above brought about by water and the Spirit. In His conversation with Nicodemus, Christ states: “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). From the beginning the Church has recognized “water” to be the waters of baptism, “the Spirit” to be the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the new birth is … [Read more...]

Holy Baptism

From the Orthodox Study Bible: What is Baptism? Simply put, baptism is our death, burial, and resurrection in union with Jesus Christ. It is a rite of passage, given by Christ to the Church, as an entrance into the Kingdom of God and eternal life. The Apostle Paul describes the promise of God in this “mystery,” as most Orthodox call it, most succinctly when he writes, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory … [Read more...]

The Sacraments, Divine Mysteries of the Church

Do you know what a sacrament is?  A sacrament or divine mystery by its most basic definition is a special occasion of Divine grace. Most of us have heard of the seven main sacraments or mysteries of the Church they are: Baptism, Chrismation, Holy Communion, Confession, Holy Unction, Marriage, and Ordination.  Some people within their lifetime will receive each of the seven main sacraments while others may only participate in four or five.  Yet every Orthodox Christian receives at least three of … [Read more...]