About Orthodoxy

The below information is designed to provide a foundational understanding of the Orthodox Christian Faith, its belief, worship, and practices.  If you wish to become an Orthodox Christian, this information will give you a place to start.  To those who are already Orthodox, this information will provide you with an enriched understanding of your faith.

Below the links to specific topics is a list of the reference materials which also might be helpful to those searching for information on Orthodox Christianity.

History of the Church
      From 33 AD – 325 AD
      The Beginnings:  The spread of Christianity from Jerusalem to the nations
          The Early Martyrs, The Administrative Structure of the Church, The Development of the Administrative Structure of the                              Church, The Development of the Liturgical Life of the Church.
      Byzantium, 325 AD – 850 AD
            The Ecumenical Councils, The Nicene Creed, The Fathers of the Church
      The Church in Captivity, Moscow:  The Third Rome, The Ancient Patriarchates Today

The Trinity, The Person of Jesus
      
The Biblical foundation
      The historical foundation

The Church Fathers
Holy Tradition and the Bible
Theosis
      An Orthodox Perspective on Spiritual Growth
     
Eschatology
      Life After Death
The Sacramental Life of the Church (part 1)
The Sacramental Life of the Church (part 2)
      
Prayer as an expression of Sacrament
      
An Orthodox perspective on Sacrament
      
A survey (from a Biblical and theological foundation) of the Sacraments of Baptism, Chrismation, and Confession
      
A survey (from a Biblical and theological foundation) of the Sacraments of Ordination, Marriage, and Holy Unction
The Divine Liturgy (part 1)
The Divine Liturgy (part 2)
      
The Liturgy of the Catechumens
      
The Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Saints of the Church

The Interior of the Church
      
Orthodox theology in Church architecture and structure
Iconography
      
The Church Triumphant vs. The Church Militant
The Church Calendar (part 1)
The Church Calendar (part 2)
The Church Calendar (part 3)
      
The measurement of time in the Orthodox Church of the Assumption
      
The daily and weekly calendars of the Church
      
The twelve major feasts in the Orthodox Church
      
The moveable calendar of the Church
      T
he fasting calendar of the Church
      
The calculation of the day of Pascha (Easter in Orthodoxy)
      
The New vs. the Old Calendar
      Holy Week and the Journey to Pascha (Easter)
Contemporary Moral Issues
      The Orthodox position on contemporary moral issues such as contraception, abortion, artificial insemination, in vitro  
           fertilization, homosexuality, capital punishment, euthanasia, and more.  A brief discussion on each.
Living an Orthodox Lifestyle
      
Beginning to Pray
      
On fasting, prayer and almsgiving
      
Living the Liturgical life of the Church
The role of monasticism in the Orthodox Church
The Eastern and Western Churches
      The differences between Eastern Orthodoxy and Western Catholicism and Protestantism
      
The relationship of the Orthodox Church with the churches of the West
      
The Orthodox Church and the World Council of Churches

 

Recommended Texts:

The Holy Bible, including the Old Testament and deutero-canonical books (Apocrypha).  The Revised Standard Version or the New Revised Standard is recommended.

Introducing the Orthodox Church, by Fr. Anthony Coniaris

The Orthodox Church, by Bishop Kallistos Ware

Contemporary Moral Issues, by Fr. Stanley Harakas

Making God Real In The Orthodox Christian Home, by Fr. Anthony Coniaris

Beginning to Pray, by Archbishop Anthony Bloom

The Divine Liturgy Service Book

 

We welcome all visitors who may wish to come and experience an Orthodox Christian Liturgy.  For those who wish to become Orthodox Christians, please call the parish office at (206) 323-8557 to speak with Fr. Dean Kouldukis. 

The schedule of worship services is as follows:

Saturday evenings:  Great Vespers – 6:00 pm

Sunday mornings:  Orthros - 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy - 10:00 am

 

 

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