What do you mean “Pray to the Saints?”
In this video, Frederica explains that the English word “pray” in this sentence is a little misleading. So, what does it mean to pray to the Saints and what does the Orthodox Church practice? Watch to find out!
The Sign of the Cross, Icons, and Tradition in the Orthodox Church
Frederica explains why Orthodox Christians kiss icons as well as how Orthodox Christians make the sign of the cross and the meaning behind it. She also shares a little from her own journey into the Orthodox Church and accepting its Traditions.
What Does Unity Mean in the Orthodox Church?
Frederica explain that Orthodox Christians believe the same thing—they hold the same faith. And it is a faith that, when practiced, yields results.
Why Are There So Many Different Orthodox Churches?
Frederica explains that Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox, are all in communion with one another (among others). In this way, they are not different Orthodox Churches in the same way that there are different Protestant denominations—they are different jurisdictions of there same Church.
Why Aren’t There Pews in Many Orthodox Churches?
Frederica notes that a number of Orthodox Churches do not have pews. Where are you supposed to stand and worship? Don’t worry! Frederica explains.
One of the Things That Surprised Me About the Orthodox Church
Frederica relates that she originally thought the Orthodox Church would be stuffy and stiff because of its elaborate nature. But she was surprised to find that, that was not the case at all!
The Choir and the Chanters in the Orthodox Church
Frederica talks about the role of the choir and chanters in the Orthodox Church. She notes that, in Orthodoxy, the hymns are prayers and the prayers are hymns.
Theosis Part I: Glowing with the Light of Christ
In this video, “Theosis Part I: Glowing with the Light of Christ,” Frederica sets the groundwork for a multi-part exploration of Theosis according to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Theosis III: The Energy of God in You
In this video, “Theosis Part III: The Energy of God in You,” Frederica notes an important Greek word that is often over-looked in English translations.
The Condition of Sin According to the Orthodox Church
In this video, “The Condition of Sin According to the Orthodox Church,” Frederica takes just 60 seconds to explain how Orthodox Christians understand our sinful condition.
Theosis IV: God as Light and Fire
In this video, Frederica notes that, before a hundred or so years ago, light and fire were always equated. She goes on to explain that this should effect the way we think about God—as light and fire.
God as Light and Fire: The Hellfire of God’s Love
In this video, Frederica asks why a loving God would “send” people to hell. The short answer: he doesn’t, we do. We either experience God’s love as light and life or as hellfire.
A Little More About the Orthodox Worship Space
In this video, “A Little More About the Orthodox Worship Space,” Frederica talks a little more about the iconostasis, the nave, and the altar.
Why Do Orthodox Christians Repeat ‘Lord Have Mercy’?
In this video, “Why Do Orthodox Christians Repeat ‘Lord Have Mercy’?” Frederica talks a little about why Orthodox Christians seem to always repeat three words.
An Overview of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy
In this video, “An Overview of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy,” Frederica explains why we do things the way we do in the Orthodox Church and what you might experience if you endeavor to visit an Orthodox Church for the first time.
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