Orthodox Christianity 101

Great Lent

Great Lent stands as the solemn season of spiritual preparation, a sacred pilgrimage of the soul leading Orthodox Christians towards the glorious resurrection of Christ at Pascha. Lasting forty days, mirroring Christ's forty days in the wilderness, Great Lent is marked by fasting, prayer, and acts of repentance, inviting believers to turn inward and upward, to confront their spiritual poverty and yearn for the abundance of God's grace. It is a time of self-examination and self-denial, a period of purification and renewal, where the faithful are called to strip away the distractions of the world and focus their hearts and minds on the eternal truths of the Gospel. Through intensified prayer, increased almsgiving, and voluntary ascetic practices, believers seek to cultivate humility, compassion, and a deeper awareness of their dependence on God. Great Lent is a journey of transformation, a spiritual odyssey from darkness to light, from death to life, culminating in the joyous celebration of Christ's victory over sin and death on Pascha morning. As Orthodox Christians walk the path of Great Lent, they are reminded of their mortality, their need for redemption, and the boundless mercy of a God who offers forgiveness and salvation to all who turn to Him in repentance and faith.

We have a few great resources including this one that talks more in-depth on the Great Lent fast, and this on why we celebrate the Holy Season.

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Orthodox Christianity 101

Orthodox Christianity has such a deeply rooted history spanning over thousands of years. Every detail, practice, and term has been meticulously preserved and passed down through generations for a very specific purpose, embodying the richness of tradition that defines the Orthodox faith. This richness is mirrored in the language and terms we use, where each word carries profound theological, historical, and spiritual significance.

Delving into the glossary of Orthodox Christianity is more than an academic exercise; it is a spiritual journey into the heart of our faith. Through understanding these words, we forge a deeper connection with our religious heritage, appreciating the wisdom and devotion of those who came before us. Each term in this glossary opens a window to the vast expanse of Orthodoxy, offering insights into the doctrines, rituals, and spiritual practices that have sustained and nurtured believers across centuries.

As you explore this glossary, let each word be a step closer to the essence of the Orthodox Church and its teachings. This journey through our sacred vocabulary is not just about learning definitions; it's about deepening your connection with the Divine and illuminating the traditions that make Orthodoxy a treasure trove of spiritual wisdom.

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