First Steps Within the Church

Why Should Christians Attend Church?

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord (Psalm 121:1). People often ask priests: “Why should we go to church every Sunday?” and then they begin to justify themselves. ...

The layout of an Orthodox Church

Churches are built in specific shapes to represent different aspects of our Faith: shape of a cross (Jesus dying on the cross), shape of a ship (Noah’s ark, a safe place in our stormy lives), a circle (church is a ...

The Holy water

About Holy Water On Theophany, that is, the Day of the Lord's Baptism, every year a great miracle is performed. The Holy Spirit, coming down upon the water, changes its natural properties. It becomes incorrupt, that is ...

On Pious Behavior in Church

From time to time, new parishioners ask us to explain how one should behave during church services. First of all, one must come to the realization that everything externally taking place in church is an expression of ...

The All-night Vigil

The services of the Daily Cycle are divided into three groups of three services each, conveniently entitled: Evening Service (9th Hour, Vespers and Compline), Morning Service (Nocturns, Matins and 1st Hour), and Midday ...

The Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy, what a splendor indeed! Man has been honored by God in such a way that He Himself comes down to earth with His Angelic Orders every time there is a Liturgy, in order to nurture man with His Most Holy ...

The High Priestly Blessing

The blessing is the act of declaring God’s favour and goodness upon others. Throughout the Bible, we see that blessing is not only the good effect of words, it also has the power to bring them to pass. We can't ...

Commemoration

Commemoration of our living and departed loved ones is perhaps the single best way that we can pray for them. There is no doubt of the great efficacy of the Commemoration and need to remember our friends and loved ones ...

The Prosphora, Antidoron, Artoklasia

Holy Bread “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” " I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any ...

The Candle

What does a person first do upon crossing the threshold of a church? In nine out of ten cases, he goes to the candle stand. Our practice of Christianity, our involvement in its ritual, begins with a little beeswax ...

On venerating the Holy Gospels, the Cross, Holy Relics and Icons

When coming to venerate (kiss) the Holy Gospels, the Cross, honourable Relics and Icons, approach in proper order, without hurrying or crowding one another. Make two prostrations before, and one prostration after, ...

The First Prayers

Pray to the Holy Spirit O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us, and cleanse us of all impurity, ...