The Ecclesiastical organization in Eastern Roman (‘Byzantine’) Asia Minor on the Eve of the Turkish Conquest

Anatolia had an elaborate ecclesiastical organization of metropolitanates, archbishoprics, and bishoprics subordinated to the patriarch of Constantinople. Continue reading “The Ecclesiastical organization in Eastern Roman (‘Byzantine’) Asia Minor on the Eve of the Turkish Conquest”

What is the meaning of “Church”?

Church:  Greek = Ecclesia  (the summoned ones)

 What is the Church?  Is it a building in which we meet and spend some time praying?  No. Of course, it is important that we be churchgoers, but that is not the Church.  Is the Church  an organization that makes us feel good, or one that does charities, or one that provides lovely works of art and culture?  Does it make us feel like “good people”?  Could it have to do with ceremonies and rubrics – state or otherwise?  It is just the “Padres”?  All these things might be very nice and useful, but they are not the Church.  So let us see what the Church is, and why She is a necessity.

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The Church as a Therapeutic Center: Consequences of Man’s Fall

by Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos)

The neptic teaching of the Church that refers to the inner world is strongly related to the social teaching. It might be supposed that the ascetic life of the Church has no contact with reality. In fact, the opposite is true. Only by making this analysis of the Fall are we able to solve the problems emerging in our life. We saw some of the consequences before. Now we will turn to the dramatic consequences of man’s departure from God that show that Orthodox theology is a most radical and modern action. Continue reading “The Church as a Therapeutic Center: Consequences of Man’s Fall”

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