The Eucharist

From the Orthodox Study Bible: “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks [Gr. eucharistesas], He broke it and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me’” (1 … [Read more...]

Ordination

From the Orthodox Study Bible: Sacraments (or mysteries) are holy actions of the Church by which spiritual life is imparted to those receiving them. Ordination, which means “to set in place” or “to select by the outstretched hand,” is one of several Orthodox sacraments. It is extended specifically to bishops, presbyters (priests) and deacons, and generally to all through Holy Baptism. Bishops. In His ministry Christ ordained or “set in place” the Twelve, assuring them, “You did not choose … [Read more...]

Marriage

From the Orthodox Study Bible: The Bible and human history begin and end with weddings. Adam and Eve come together in marital union in Paradise, before the Fall, revealing marriage as a part of God’s eternal purpose for humanity in the midst of creation (Gen. 2:22-25). History closes with the marriage of the Bride to the Lamb (Rev. 19:7-9), earthly marriage being fulfilled in the heavenly, showing the eternal nature of the sacrament. Between these bookend events of history are the … [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...]

Six Questions Concerning Orthodox Christianity…And How to Answer Them From the Bible

This article is by the Antiochian Orthodox Department of Outreach & Evangelism 1. Does the Orthodox Church place tradition above or equal to Scripture? The Church sees the Scriptures as inspired and authoritative Holy Tradition: the word of God. The key here is to see how the word "tradition" is used in the New Testament, which condemns the tradition of men but calls us to follow apostolic or holy tradition. Tradition of Men a. First of all, Jesus warned against holding to the … [Read more...]

Chrismation

From the Orthodox Study Bible: From earliest times the church has practiced chrismation immediately following baptism. In the sacrament of chrismation (Gr. chrismatis, “anointing”) the newly baptized person receives the Holy Spirit through anointing with oil by the bishop or priest. The roots of this sacrament are clear in both the Old and New Testaments, and are especially brought to light on the Day of Pentecost. Promises of the Holy Spirit from the Old Testament. In his sermon on … [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...]