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Is Israel the Promised Land?

Zionist Jews, and with them many fundamentalist Bible thumpers, literally believe in the eternal covenant Yahweh made with them, 4,000 years ago. Today, the behavior of Israel towards the Palestinians over earthly lands resembles the Nazis. The persecuted have become the persecutors. How can it be? And how can it change?

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Is our prayer service on the birth of a child and for the mother offensive?

Many people could conceive the Service on the Birth of a Child and for the Mother as offensive. It’s time we revisit our prayer books and make some changes.

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Do all Religions Have the Same Heavenly Father?

“WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS” Are we? First in Jerusalem (May 27, 2014), and more recently in Rome (June 8, 2014), Patriarch Bartholomew hammers the message of universal brotherhood with intra-Christian and interfaith prayer services (which according to the canons of the Orthodox Church are prohibited) and with statements and declarations to that effect.

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The Story of the Mother of God in Iconography

On Mother’s Day, together with our earthly mothers, we honor the mother of the Lord. She who is the mother of the head of the body is also mother of all the members of the body. In this post, we’ll take a look at the life of the Lord’s Mother depicted in holy icons.

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Revising the Orthodox Christian Churching Ritual

Presenting our children to the Lord, whether they are male or female, first born or otherwise, is proper and commendable, but certain prayers in the Orthodox Churching service, taken from the Mosaic Law, should be eliminated from our prayer books!

February 1, 2014 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Sacraments

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What was the Lord Jesus like as an infant?

Was Christ born as a “helpless” baby? Did the infant Christ use his human will? Fr. Emmanuel responds to these questions from S.N. who read “Jesus: Fallen?”

December 23, 2013 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Christology

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Orthodox Thanksgiving Day Prayer

An Orthodox Thanksgiving Day prayer for when we find ourselves among non-Orthodox.

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Q&A — “Why do we venerate the Cross?” and 7 other questions about the Cross

The Church places before us the Lord’s Cross to venerate and to remember. Why do we venerate this instrument of death? Eight questions and answers.

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Did Christ Have a Fallen Human Nature? — Part 4 of 8

Part 4 of 8 in our series on the human nature of Christ, we address the question: “Did Christ exercise control over the passions?” from an Eastern Orthodox perspective.

September 2, 2013 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Christology

“WHO AM I TO JUDGE?” – An Orthodox Understanding of Pope Francis’ remark

What I read in Pope Francis’ remark on homosexuals is: Don’t judge someone who, being a homosexual, struggles with this “tendency” (his term).

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Did Christ Have a Fallen Human Nature? – Part 3 of 8

In this, Part 3 of 8 of our series on the human nature of Christ, we’ll address the following question: Did Christ assume voluntarily the blameless passions?

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Did Christ Have a Fallen Human Nature? – Part 2 of 8

The Church’s teaching is that Christ’s nature was as that of Adam before the fall. In this, Part 2 of 8, we bring in various authorities on the subject.

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Did Christ Have a Fallen Human Nature? – Part 1 of 8

In this eight part series, Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis addresses many questions concerning Christ’s human nature from an Eastern Orthodox perspective.

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The Two Kinds of Knowledge: Divine and Human

Saint Gregory Palamas (14th c.) argued strenuously that there are two kinds of truths, two kinds of wisdoms, two kinds of knowledge – one divine, one human.

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Was the Mystical Supper a Passover Meal?

What was this meal the Lord ate with his disciples in the Upper Room? A Seder? A Chabûrah? The short answer is… neither!

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How the Date of Pascha is Determined

How is the date of Pascha determined? There are three calculations. We’ll try to provide a brief explanation to this very complex problem.

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Difficulties Our Churches Face

Have you heard of The Shropshire Ecumenical Council? The Council addresses the difficulties and challenges participant churches face. Food for thought!

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Why do People Convert to Orthodox Christianity?

Why have so many Evangelical ministers and others embraced the Orthodox faith? There is a certain “chemistry” involved, which cannot be easily verbalized.

January 19, 2013 by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis
Evangelism

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Newtown: Seeking Answers

Is our heavenly Father to blame for all the ills of humanity we brought upon ourselves? There is an answer, but the answer is for believing Christians only.

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What is Sin?

The prevalent notion in the West on what constitutes sin does not correspond with the Orthodox understanding. Sin goes beyond a personal bad choice.

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