Orthodox Christianity 101


Sacraments, regarded as the sacred mysteries of the Orthodox Church, are fundamental elements of spiritual life and divine grace. Rooted in the teachings of Christ and the apostles, sacraments are visible signs of God's invisible grace, conveying His presence and blessings to believers. The Orthodox tradition recognizes seven sacraments: baptism, chrismation, Eucharist, confession (penance), anointing of the sick (unction), marriage, and holy orders. Each sacrament represents a unique encounter between the individual and God, marking significant moments in the believer's journey of faith. Through sacramental rites, participants are initiated into the life of the Church, nourished spiritually, healed, and sanctified. Sacraments serve as channels of divine grace, transforming the faithful and uniting them with Christ and His Church. In the sacraments, believers experience the tangible presence of God's love, forgiveness, and redemption, strengthening their relationship with Him and with one another. Central to Orthodox worship and spirituality, sacraments embody the profound mystery of God's saving work in the world, inviting believers to participate fully in the life of Christ and His Church.

We have a few great resources on the sacraments. Here's one talking more in-depth about each of the sacraments.

Holy Communion (Eucharist)

What does Communion signify to Orthodox Christians

Reconciliation (Confession)

Why Orthodox Christians have confession


Infant Baptism in Orthodoxy

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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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