Christmas: An Ancient CHRISTIAN Feast The present Feast, commemorating the Nativity in the flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ, was established by the Church. Its origin goes back to the time of the Apostles. In the Apostolic Constitutions (Section 3, 13) it says, “Brethren, observe the feastdays; and first of all the Birth of […]

But Jesus Wasn’t Born Dec. 25 – was He? December 24, 2009 WorldNetDaily By John Eidsmoe and Ben DuPré The secularizers commonly defend the de-Christianization of Christmas by noting that America is a much more diverse nation than we used to be, that we shouldn’t offend others, that saying “Merry Christmas” might be bad […]

In Defense of the Christmas Tree By Father Daniel DalySeveral years ago during the Christmas season, a religious program on television caught my attention. The program featured a discussion on the dangers of cults, especially to young people. I found myself agreeing with the panelists as they warned young people about the hazards of […]

A comment about the previous article mentioned this article as well, so I thought that I would go ahead & reblog it as well. Thanks, Michael Snow. Calculating Christmas William J. Tighe on the Story Behind December 25 Many Christians think that Christians celebrate Christ’s birth on December 25th because the church fathers appropriated […]

How December 25 Became Christmas Andrew McGowan   •  12/07/2012 A blanket of snow covers the little town of Bethlehem, in Pieter Bruegel’s oil painting from 1566. Although Jesus’ birth is celebrated every year on December 25, Luke and the other gospel writers offer no hint about the specific time of year he was […]

With the Christmas season comes many things. Shopping, wrapping gifts, decorating the house & tree, Christmas shows &… a seeming multitude of internet information about how Christmas is of pagan origin, or some facet of Christmas, such as the venerable Christmas tree. My next few blogs will be to show the Christian origin of Christmas. […]

The EO have a unique hymnography that manifests itself in many different forms. One of those forms is called Canons which are composed of a series of shorter hymns called Odes. Hymnal Canon should not to be confused with canon law. At the bottom is a link to a youtube video of an Orthodox choir […]

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Spoiler Alert:    Grigori Rasputin (d. 1916AD), the Russian self-proclaimed savant and mystic charlatan who predicted his own death and the downfall of the Russian imperial family also predicted that the world would end on 23 August 2013. While some were relieved that the world didn’t end with the…

On the morning of a feast day many Orthodox parishes have a Matins service before the Divine Liturgy. Part of the Matins service involves the chanting of the festal canon for the particular feast to be observed. A canon is a hymn comprised of 9 odes based on 9 biblical canticles, mostly from the Old […]

Hymns, canons & homilies commemorating the Theotokos are numerous, literally filling volumes. One of the earliest writers about the Dormition was Mar Jacob of Serug (451-521AD) who produced 760 poetic works not counting other numerous hymns, letters & homilies. Barely half have survived to our time & very few that have exist in English. Below […]