St. Basil the Great, Archbishop of Cæsarea in Cappadocia

Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, “belongs not to the Church of Caesarea alone, nor merely to his own time, nor was he of benefit only to his own kinsmen, but rather to all lands and cities worldwide, and to all people he brought and still brings benefit, and for Christians he always was and will be a most salvific teacher.” Thus spoke Saint Basil’s contemporary, Saint Amphilochius, Bishop of Iconium. Saint Basil was born in the year 330 at Caesarea, the administrative center of Cappadocia. He was of illustrious lineage, famed for its eminence … [Read more...]

The Making of Christ Pulling Peter from the Water

Source: Orthodox Arts Journal By Jonathan Pageau Since I began icon carving full time 4 years ago now, I had a secret list of the things I wanted to make, certain objects and images that were dear to me.  To my own joy and surprise, I have been progressively checking off items from that list with ongoing commissions, making even those objects and icons I did not think could find patrons such as complex reliquaries, wedding crowns, opus sectile icons or the image of the Holy prophet Jonah. One of the images I had secret hope of making is Christ pulling St-Peter out of … [Read more...]

Recipe for Phanouropita

Everyone loved Fr. Stephanos' phanouropita so we published the recipe below! St. Phanourios is a saint who helps us in difficult situations including finding lost things, employment troubles, a saint to go to when we need something we do not have. When he answers the custom is to bake a cake in gratitude and thanksgiving and share it with others. St. Phanourios' name "Phanourios" comes from the Greek word, φανερώνω "phanerono", meaning "I reveal". Learn more about St. Phanourios on the Antiochian Archdiocese website. … [Read more...]

What is Salvation For?

From the Palamas Institute for Orthodox Christian Pastoral Studies. By Fr. Gregory Jensen If I ask myself this question at all, “What is salvation for?” I’m likely to answer that my salvation is for me; so that I can be saved from sin and enter the Kingdom of God. But this is only a partial answer. In his defense of the Christian faith, St Justin Martyr (Apology, 66 & 67) makes a couple of points that are worth reflecting on as we try to answer the question. Let’s begin, with Justin’s outline of the basic structure of how the Church … [Read more...]

The Miracle of the Holy Fire [VIDEO]

The video below chronicles the struggle of a film crew to gain entrance to the Holy Sepulcher, and records the miracle and scenes from the Paschal (Passover) Resurrection Service at the Holy Sepulcher. What is the Miracle of the Holy Fire? When and where does it occur? Source: St. Barnabas Orthodox Church The ceremony, which awes the souls of Christians, takes place in the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem. The Holy Fire is the most renowned miracle in the world of Orthodox Christianity. It has taken place at the same time, in the same manner, in the same place every … [Read more...]

Why Does St. Peter’s Parish Exist?

The reason why St. Peter's exists is so that those who attend can find Christ. Our vision when it started and that guides it today is: St. Peter's is here for those who wants to find Christ as He is understood and served in our Orthodox Christian faith. It is open to everyone – even those who are looking for Him but don't know where to find Him yet. This means then that we must always be open to our neighbor, to love our neighbor in the same way that God loves us. When we love our neighbor we love God. When we love God we love our neighbor. If God or neighbor is missing from the … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko — Sunday of the Cross: Take Up Your Cross

On the third Sunday of Great Lent, we concentrate on the Cross of Christ, and Fr. Tom helps us understand what it means to take up our cross. Listen here: [audio:http://audio.ancientfaith.com/hopko/stt_3rdlentcross_pc.mp3] Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko: The Triumph of Orthodoxy

Icons are not optional devotional extras, but an integral part of Orthodox faith and devotion. They are held to be a necessary consequence of Christian faith in the incarnation of the Word of God, the Second Person of the Trinity, in Jesus Christ. You won't find a more concise and helpful explanation of why Orthodox Christians keep and venerate icons. Listen here: [audio:http://audio.ancientfaith.com/hopko/stt009sunoforth_pc.mp3] Podcast courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio. … [Read more...]

Bp. Timothy Ware on the Prodigal Son and Repentance

But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry. From the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke … [Read more...]

Fr. Thomas Hopko: The Publican and the Pharisee

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (18:10-14) The Lord spoke this parable: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not like other men, extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house … [Read more...]