OrthodoxyLeave a comment
The Orthodox Christian Faith
While there are now many good books, articles and blogs that one might read about Orthodoxy, and also some valuable places online to find answers to your questions about the faith, the best way is simply to “come and see!”
Come experience the holiness of God and the beauty of Orthodox worship for yourself.
The Orthodox Christian faith is nothing more and nothing less than the Gospel, the “Good News,” of the Kingdom of God, as taught by our Lord Jesus Christ, His Holy Apostles, and faithfully handed down through His Church down through the ages. This great and Holy Tradition of the faith is constantly renewed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, “everywhere present and filling all things.”
All Orthodox theology is, in a way, a response to the question of the Lord, “Who do men say that I am,” and “Who do you say that I am.” (Mark 8.27-38 and Matthew 16.13-27). The early Christians searched the Scriptures, and realized that Jesus Christ was truly God incarnate – fully God and fully Man. Through the mystery of Christ the fullness of the Holy Trinity is revealed as well: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This teaching of the Orthodox Christian faith is authoritatively expressed in the Scriptures, the Symbol of Faith, the Ecumenical Councils of the Church, as well as in the liturgies, hymns, writings of the Fathers, icons, and lives of the saints.
God is the Lord, and has revealed Himself to us!
Prayer for the Sanctity of Life
Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.
O Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son, Who are in the bosom of the Father, True God, source of life and immortality, Light of Light, Who came into the world to enlighten it: You were pleased to be conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary for the salvation of our souls by the power of Your All-Holy Spirit. O Master, Who came that we might have life more abundantly, we ask You to enlighten the minds and hearts of those blinded to the truth that life begins at conception and that the unborn in the womb are already adorned with Your image and likeness; enable us to guard, cherish, and protect the lives of all those who are unable to care for themselves. For You are the Giver of Life, bringing each person from non-being into being, sealing each person with divine and infinite love. Be merciful, O Lord, to those who, through ignorance or willfulness, affront Your divine goodness and providence through the evil act of abortion. May they, and all of us, come to the life of Your Truth and glorify You, the Giver of Life, together with Your Father, and Your All-Holy and Life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.