Why do we venerate icons when the Ten Commandments read: “You shall not make...

Because the purpose of this commandment was to keep Israel from falling into idolatry, not to forbid the use of all images. The Orthodox use...

Why do we use church tradition as a source for our beliefs and practices...

Because the Bible commands us to be faithful to the tradition of the Apostles; and the Bible cannot be (nor does it claim to...

Why do we make the sigh of the cross?

Why do we make the sigh of the cross? This is one of the most ancient and universal traditions of the Church, which, although not...

Why do we call our priests “father”?

Why do we call our priests “father,” when Jesus said in Matthew 23:9, “Do not call anyone on earth your father”?A. Our Lord was...

Contending for the Orthodox Faith

The Map and the CompassBeing an Orthodox Christian can be difficult at times. Sometimes it’s hard to have a ready answer for those who...

Thy kingdom come (Lord's prayer - explanation - part three)

The second petition of the Lord’s Prayer is: “Thy kingdom come.” As with the first petition, we must ask what meaning does a believing...

Why is it proper to honor Mary?

To begin with, the Bible shows us that it is. Beyond this there are two basic reasons why it is proper to honor her: ...