Ηow does the Triodion prepare us for Lent?

Ηow does the Triodion prepare us for Lent? Lent is a period of intense spiritual struggle using repentance, forgiveness, charity, prayer and fasting. In the weeks prior to Great Lent, the Church teaches us what Lent is about and how to get the most out of this beautiful and deeply spiritual period. The Triodion is the liturgical service book that contains the variable portions of the Liturgy and other services for this period that begins pre-Lent and ends on the Saturday of Holy Week. Each week at the commencement of Triodion has its own distinct theme which is expressed in [...]

By |2020-03-12T16:50:33+11:00March 12th, 2020|Comments Off on Ηow does the Triodion prepare us for Lent?

Why do we have to go to a Priest for Confession?

Why do we have to go to a Priest for Confession? My immediate answer is that this is what our Lord and the Church advise us. Our Lord who loves us very much knows what is good for us much better than we do. Actually, anyone who has truly been to Confession, and by this I mean anyone who has confessed very honestly, bravely, and with true contrition, would not need an answer to this question. They would have experienced for themselves the peace and Grace that results from this blessed Sacrament. The Bible teaches us that we should go [...]

By |2020-01-26T17:00:08+11:00January 26th, 2020|Comments Off on Why do we have to go to a Priest for Confession?

What draws people to Orthodox Christianity?

What draws people to Orthodox Christianity? If we are to look at the usual makeup of the congregations in the Greek Orthodox Church in Sydney, most of the worshippers are ‘cradle Orthodox’, ie. worshippers who are Orthodox because they were born into the faith. Converts are a small minority. However, that is not the case everywhere. There are pockets of Orthodox missions in developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia, which are blossoming. There are also pockets of Orthodox Churches in the United States whose congregations have a significant proportion of converts to Orthodoxy. Books written by converts, such as [...]

By |2019-12-16T12:16:30+11:00November 16th, 2019|Comments Off on What draws people to Orthodox Christianity?

What can we learn from old people?

What can we learn from old people? We can learn many things from older people because whatever they are, their personalities and characteristics, good and bad are amplified in old age. Just like the very, very young, so too the very old cannot hide behind masks of politeness and civility like younger people can. Everything they are, good or bad, pours out freely, almost uncontrollably. Those who interact with the elderly will attest that every day with them is a school day, a day of learning. Some old people might teach us wisdom, understanding, patience, faith and glorification of God. [...]

By |2019-10-05T12:13:12+10:00October 5th, 2019|Comments Off on What can we learn from old people?

What is the Church’s position on controversial end of life issues?

What is the Church’s position on controversial end of life issues? Firstly the Church is often at pains to point out that human life is by its very nature sacred, that is, it is intrinsically good and deserves respect and protection. Secondly, the Church and many thoughtful people are aware that suffering can be redemptive: through suffering we can grow spiritually and in other ways. Indeed, it could be that proponents of euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide do not have a deep understanding of the purpose of suffering. Active euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide is forbidden by the Orthodox Church. The word [...]

By |2019-08-26T15:49:23+10:00August 26th, 2019|Comments Off on What is the Church’s position on controversial end of life issues?