Church Teachings

St. John of Shanghai

The necessity of Holy Communion

The necessity of Holy Communion in our continuous struggle between sin and righteousness. Until a man’s earthly life finishes its course, up to the very departure of the soul from the body, the struggle between sin and righteousness continues within him. However, high a spiritual and moral state one might achieve, a gradual or even headlong and deep fall into the abyss of sin is always possible. Therefore, communion of the holy Body and Blood of Christ, which strengthens our [...]

Confession & repentance

How easily does God forgive!

How easily does God forgive! This will happen by just opening to Him the door of your soul. God is not expecting any reward for what He is giving to people. Even if your sins are millions or billions, for God it counts for zero. What is a small quantity of sand in the ocean worth? All the sins of the world are just a virus in the ocean. There is no sin that wins the mercy of God. So [...]

The Synodikon of Orthodoxy

To them who do not accept with a pure and simple faith and with all their soul and heart the extraordinary miracles of our Saviour and God and of the Holy Theotokos who without stain gave birth to Him, and of the other saints, but who attempt by sophistic demonstration and words to traduce them as being impossible, or to misinterpret them according to their own way of thinking, and to present them according to their own opinion, Anathema! Anathema! [...]

On Fasting

AS WE ENTER THE SECOND WEEK OF GREAT LENT... The Church Fathers on fasting Great Lent is the period that the Church has in her wisdom set aside for us to intensify our own spiritual growth through fasting, prayer and worship. If you follow the Church guidelines on fasting, make time to attend the services and intensify your own prayer life, you will be rewarded with a greater closeness to God. Self-Control as Fasting The act of fasting is a conscious act to [...]

Prayer helps the departed souls

There where once on Mount Athos at St. Paul’s monastery two elders from Cephalonia. Fr. Constantine and Fr. Demetrios from Pyrgi, whose mother’s name was Maria. Fr. Demetrios received a letter informing him that his mother had passed away; no telephones were yet available. Fr. Demetrios approaches Fr. Constantine and tells him: - Fr. Constantine, can you please recite a forty day prayer rope for my mother (one complete prayer rope every day for forty days). -I will, he said, may [...]

Halloween and the Orthodox Christian

-With the feast of Halloween approaching, we are providing an article by Archpriest Victor Potapov published in Orthodox Heritage (vol. 03, issue 10) by the Brotherhood of St. Poimen in October of 2005. We hope that this article will not only enlighten our orthodox Christian brethren on this satanic celebration, but will also strengthen everyone, young and old alike, and especially the young parents and families striving to raise their children in a Christian Orthodox environment. May God give [...]