Orthodox Christianity 101


Pascha, the radiant feast of the Resurrection, stands as the pinnacle of Orthodox Christian worship and belief, commemorating the triumph of life over death, light over darkness, and hope over despair. Celebrated as the "Feast of Feasts" and the "Holy Day of Holy Days," Pascha is the culmination of the Great Lenten journey, a glorious proclamation of Christ's victory over sin and death through His resurrection from the tomb. As the dawn breaks on Pascha morning, Orthodox faithful gather in churches adorned with flowers and lit by the warm glow of candles, echoing the joyous hymn, "Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!" The Paschal services are imbued with a sense of jubilation and awe, as believers partake in the Paschal vigil, proclaim the resurrection gospel, and share in the Eucharistic feast of Christ's body and blood. Pascha is not merely a historical event but a living reality, a spiritual awakening that fills hearts with hope, souls with joy, and minds with wonder. It is a time of renewal and transformation, a foretaste of the eternal life promised to all who believe in Christ. In the embrace of Pascha, Orthodox Christians find strength to face life's trials, courage to confront their fears, and assurance of God's unfailing love and mercy. Truly, Pascha is the "feast of joy for the entire world," inviting all humanity to join in the celebration of Christ's glorious resurrection and the promise of salvation for all who believe.

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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