Tattooing

Tattooing
Recently,- very sternly- probably angry at one of his own that got tattooed- a young man asked me about the orthodox point of view of tattooing. Even before he asked me this question, this sad contagion got my attention. When you turn on any of the entertaining channels, whether you watch a concert, or a ...

The Prophets Prophesy Lies in my Name

The Prophets Prophesy Lies in my Name
It’s been long since some thoughts occupy my mind, namely, what is going on with the people who see one thing and read another, and what they read they interpret in a twisted way. There are many reasons for my thinking, but one carried the greatest weight: willy-nilly, one has to stop, and if baptized, ...

So that there is no division among you

So that there is no division among you
Among all the evils of this world that have befallen us, one evil, worse than all the others, we foolishly call upon ourselves. They have been dividing us from all sides, they have been partitioning and breaking our national being into pieces, and to our greater misfortune we ourselves have jumped on that bandwagon and ...

Do not receive the Grace of God in vain

Do not receive the Grace of God in vain
(2 Cor. 6 : 1–10) St. Paul rites to the Christians in Corinth to beware lest they receive the grace of God in vain (2 Cor. 6:1). As a priest, I sometimes compare myself and my stand with these words of the Apostle and I must admit that in these moments I am overcome by fear ...

The Oath

The Oath
“Is not my word like fire- declares the Lord; and as a hammer that break  the rock in pieces”. (Jer. 23,29) Once, the human words, our words, were harder than stone. God’s word has stayed the same as it was, but our human words have become worn out and thinner. People got bound by words ...

Finding out what is acceptable to the Lord

Finding out what is acceptable to the Lord
(Eph. 5 : 10) “Finding out what is acceptable to the Lord” (Eph. 5:10) says the holy Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians. Of the Christians in Rome, he asks, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that ...

The Church in the gap

The Church in the gap
The church and its views and opinions towards politics have always been questioned. The church has been resolving that dilemma in different ways depending on the circumstances and, we have to admit it wasn’t always in a manner that was the best or the most expedient for the church itself. This matter got the status ...

It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, о Most High

It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, о Most High
(Ps. 92:1) “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” (Ps. 104:33) This is – or, rather, it should be – the motto of any church choir singer, as the fundamental purpose of singing in a church choir is to praise God. ...

Illness – a thorn in the flesh for our good and our salvation

Illness - a thorn in the flesh for our good and our salvation
(2 Cor. 11 : 31–12 : 9) In above apostolic reading we touch upon an unpleasant subject for many of us: illness. St. Paul says, “A thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord ...

I believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

I believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
You are probably asking yourselves, and for sure you are being asked what the essential difference is between the Orthodox Catholic Church and the Roman Catholic Church. There are many differences since the Western church, often guided by the spirit and the wisdom of this world, has adopted various novelties that have further distanced the ...