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These Truths We Hold

The Holy Orthodox Church: Her Life and Teachings

The following articles on Orthodoxy are from the book, These Truths We Hold – The Holy Orthodox Church: Her Life and Teachings, published by and available from Saint Tikhon’s Seminary Press:

These Truths We Hold

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Finding the New Testament Church

Written by Jon E. Braun, Edited by Bishop Alexander Mileant

THERE IS A PREDICTABLY RELIABLE WAY to tackle the problem of who is right. Rather than trying to decide which of the over 2,500 Christian groups in North America keeps the original faith best by studying what they are like right now, we can start from the beginning of the Church itself and work our way through history to the present.

The birthday of the Church was Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit descended on the twelve Apostles in the Upper Room. That day some 3,000 souls believed in Christ and were baptized. When the first Christian community began, “they continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread (Communion), and in prayers” (Act 2:42).

From Jerusalem, the faith in Christ spread throughout Judea, to Samaria (Acts 8), to Antioch and the Gentiles (Acts 13), where we find new converts and new churches throughout Asia Minor and other countries of the Roman Empire.

From the pages of the Epistles and the book of Acts, we learn that the Church was not simply another organization in Roman society. The Lord Jesus Christ had given the promise of the Holy Spirit “will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). That promise was fulfilled at Pentecost, when the Church was given birth as an divine institution far above all earthly organizations. In Ephesians (Eph. 2:21) St. Paul called it “a holy temple of the Lord.” The Church was a dynamic organism, the living Body of Jesus Christ. She made an indelible impact in the world, and those who became part of her were inwardly renewed.

But we also discover in the New Testament itself that the Church had her share of problems. All was not perfection. Individuals in the Church sought to lead her off the path the Apostles established, and they had to be dealt with along with the errors they invented. Even whole local communities lapsed on occasion and had to be called to repentance. The Church in Laodicea is a vivid example (Revelation ch. 3). Discipline was administered for the sake of purity in the Church. But there was growth and a maturing even as the Church was attacked from within and without. The same Spirit who gave her birth gave her power to correct and purify her members. The Church grew and became strong until she eventually covered the whole of the Roman Empire.

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What’s Orthodoxy?

Origin of the Eastern Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church began at Pentecost. It was founded by our Lord Jesus Christ, when after His Ascension, He sent down upon His Apostles the Holy Spirit who proceeds from God the Father as is written in the New Testament. The Orthodox Church of today can trace its history back to the New Testament Church in unbroken continuity. The Apostles, as per our Lord’s command, preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ and founded churches in Europe, Asia and Africa. Under the direction of the Apostles and their successors, whom they appointed to carry on their mission, the Orthodox Church began to thrive. At each city and town that the Apostles traveled they would appoint a bishop to continue to minister to the faithful, before leaving on their missionary journeys. As the Church grew, the bishops in turn had to appoint priests and deacons to help them with their flock.

The Orthodox Faith

 

The Orthodox Faith

Written by Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko

The Orthodox Faith series is intended to provide basic, comprehensive information on the faith and life of the Orthodox Church. It consists of four volumes and is available for purchase from SVS Press.
Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko (1939–2015) was professor of dogmatic theology and served as dean of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Alongside his numerous books and articles, Father Thomas was also renowned as a gifted speaker and homilist.


  • Volume I – Doctrine

    Volume 1 contains three sections: the sources of Christian Doctrine, the main doctrines of the Orthodox Church present by way of commentary on the Nicene Creed, and an explanation of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

  • Volume II – Worship

    Volume 2 contains 5 sections

  • Volume III – Bible and Church History

    Volume 3 contains one section on the contents and interpretation of the Bible, and one section on the history of the Church, emphasizing the main theological, liturgical and spiritual development of each century.

  • Volume IV – Spirituality

    Volume 4 deals with the main themes of Christian Life: prayer, fasting, repentance, the virtues, witness in the world, and communion with God.

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Readings on The Church

The Nicene Creed – The Symbol of Faith of Orthodox Christians.
The Orthodox Church – the orthodox teaching, some contemporary questions, and more facts about how the Orthodox Churches are built.
I Believe…: A Short Exposition of Orthodox Doctrine
The Church is One – by Alexei Khomiakov, 1804–1860
Origin of the Orthodox Church
Finding the New Testament Church by Jon E. Braun
Beginning Orthodoxy – Part I | Part II
Where Is the True Church? Information on Churches and Sectarianism – Part I | Part II
Thoughts about the Kingdom of God, or the Church – by Bishop Alexander (Mileant)

On the Holy Scriptures

Where did the Bible come from?
About the Holy Bible – by Bishop Nathanael (Lvov, 1906-1985)
Understanding the Bible (Part 1)
Understanding the Bible (Part 9) – The Book of Revelation
How to Read the Bible – by Bishop Kallistos Ware
The Gospel Parables – by Bishop Alexander (Mileant)
The Old Testament in the New Testament Church – by Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky
The Law of God: The Basics, Old Testament – by Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy
The Law of God: The New Testament – by Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy
The Law of God: On Faith, Life, Services – by Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy
The Sermon on the Mount
The Old Testament Regarding the Messiah
Sermon on the Mount – Matthew chapter 5-7 – by Blessed Theophilact

On Prayer, Worship, Holy Spirit

St. Seraphim of Sarov – On Acquisition of the Holy Spirit
Let us Learn to pray – advices given by Holy Theofan the Recluse
The Divine Services – by Archipriest Seraphim Slobodskoy
The Holy Spirit and His Varieties of Gifts – by Rev. George Mastrantonis
Prayers for Different Occasions

Church Saints & Fathers – lives and words of salvation

The Life and Teachings of Elder Siluan – by Bishop Alexander and Natalia Bufius
Selected Sermons of Saint John of Shanghai and San FranciscoPart I | Part II | Part III
Saint Nektarios of Egina (1846-1920)
Saint John of KronstadtPart I | Part II – by Bishop Alexander (Mileant)
A Spiritual Portrait of Saint John of Kronstadt – by Archimandrite Constantine (Zaitzev, 1888-1975)
St. Seraphim of Sarov – Life and Teachings
Elder Paisios the New of Mount Athos
Ambrose – Elder of Optina – by Bishop Alexander (Mileant), translated by Seraphim Larin
Articles by Fr. Seraphim Rose
The spiritual life in this world – excerpts from the sermons of Archbishop Sergious (Korolev) of Prague
The martyr of Christ Nun Heruvima – Petru Voda Monastery, Romania
Journey to HeavenPart I & II | Part III – by Saint Tikhon’s of Zadonsk
The Way into the Kingdom of Heaven – by Saint Innokenty Bishop of Alaska
Instructions of the Holy Fathers on Spiritual LifePart I | Part II | Part III – by Bishop Alexander (Mileant)

Various Orthodox Readings

Charismatic Revival As a Sign of the Times by Fr. Seraphim Rose
End of the World – an inside look at the end of the world and the Second Coming of Christ.
On the Law of God
A Comparison of the Mysticism of Francis of Assisi With That of St. Seraphim of Sarov
At the threshold of Fiery Gehenna – teachings of the Orthodox Church concerning Evil Spirits and God’s Judgment over Them.
From “Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future” – by Seraphim Rose
Dogmas and Opinions – by Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky
FAITH — Key to God’s Treasury – by Bishop Alexander (Mileant)
Apologetic Notes – Part I | Part II – by Archpresbyter Father Michael Pomazansky
Rock Music – from a Christian Viewpoint
The Temple of God — an island of Heaven on our sinful earth – by Bishop Alexander (Mileant)
Apologetic Sketches – by Bishop Alexander (Mileant)
The Great Feast Days of the Orthodox Church
Celibacy, Marriage or “free love”… — Which way to choose? – by Bishop Alexander (Mileant)
Conscience – God’s Voice In Mankind – by Bishop Alexander (Mileant)
Orthodox Psychotherapy – by Dr. Dmitri Aleksandrovici Avdeev
Talks about Faith – by Archbishop Nathanael (Lvov)

An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith

by St John Damascene

The Complete Text

BOOK I CHAPTER I
That the Deity is incomprehensible, and that we ought not to pry into and meddle with tire things which have not been delivered to us by the holy Prophets, and Apostles, and Evangelists.
BOOK I CHAPTER II
Concerning things utterable and things unutterable, and things knowable and thinks unknowable.
BOOK I CHAPTER III
Proof that there is a God.
BOOK I CHAPTER IV
Concerning the nature of Deity: that it is incomprehensible.
BOOK I CHAPTER V
Proof that God is one and not many.
BOOK I CHAPTER VI
Concerning the Word and the San of God: a reasoned proof.
BOOK I CHAPTER VII
Concerning the Holy Spirit, a reasoned proof.
BOOK I CHAPTER VIII
Concerning the Holy Trinity.
BOOK I CHAPTER IX
Concerning what is affirmed about God.
BOOK I CHAPTER X
Concerning divine union and separation.
BOOK I CHAPTER XI
Concerning what is affirmed about God as though He had body.
BOOK I CHAPTER XII
Concerning the Same.
BOOK I CHAPTER XIII
Concerning the place of God: and that the Deity alone is uncircumscribed.
BOOK I CHAPTER XIV
The properties of the divine nature.
BOOK II CHAPTER I
Concerning aeon or age.
BOOK II CHAPTER II
Concerning the creation.
BOOK II CHAPTER IlI
Concerning angels.
BOOK II CHAPTER IV
Concerning the devil and demons.
BOOK II CHAPTER V
Concerning the visible creation.
BOOK II CHAPTER VI
Concerning the Heaven.
BOOK II CHAPTER VII
Concerning light, fire, the luminaries, sun, moon and stars.
BOOK II CHAPTER VIII
Concerning air and winds.
BOOK II CHAPTER IX
Concerning the waters.
BOOK II CHAPTER X
Concerning earth and its products.
BOOK II CHAPTER XI
Concerning Paradise.
BOOK II CHAPTER XII
Concerning Man.
BOOK II CHAPTER XIII
Concerning Pleasures.
BOOK II CHAPTER XIV
Concerning Pain.
BOOK II CHAPTER XV
Concerning Fear.
BOOK II CHAPTER XVI
Concerning Anger.
BOOK II CHAPTER XVII
Concerning Imagination.
BOOK II CHAPTER XVIII
Concerning Sensation.
BOOK II CHAPTER XIX
Concerning Thought.
BOOK II CHAPTER XX
Concerning Memory.
BOOK II CHAPTER XXI
Concerning Conception and Articulation.
BOOK II CHAPTER XXII
Concerning Passion and Energy.
BOOK II CHAPTER XXIII
Concerning Energy.
BOOK II CHAPTER XXIV
Concerning what is Voluntary anal what is Involuntary.
BOOK II CHAPTER XXV
Concerning what is in our own power, that is, concerning Free-will(9).
BOOK II CHAPTER XXVI
Of events(5), some are in our hands, others are not.
BOOK II CHAPTER XXVII
Concerning the reason of our endowment with Free-will.
BOOK II CHAPTER XXVIII
Concerning what is not in our hands.
BOOK II CHAPTER XXIX
Concerning Providence.
BOOK II CHAPTER XXX
Concerning Prescience and Predestination.
BOOK III CHAPTER I
Concerning the Divine OEconomy and God’s care over us, and concerning our salvation.
BOOK III CHAPTER II
Concerning the manner in which the Word(9) was conceived, and concerning His divine incarnation.
BOOK III CHAPTER III
Concerning Christ’s two natures, in apposition to those who hold that He has only one(2).
BOOK III CHAPTER IV
Concerning the manner of the Mutual Communication(8).
BOOK III CHAPTER V
Concerning the number of the Natures.
BOOK III CHAPTER VI
That in one of its subsistences the divine nature is united in its entirety to the human nature, in its entirety and not only part to part.
BOOK III CHAPTER VII
Concerning the one compound subsistence of God the Word.
BOOK III CHAPTER VIII
In reply to those who ask whether(7) the natures of the Lord are brought under a continuous or a discontinuous quantity(8).
BOOK III CHAPTER IX
In reply to the question whether there is Nature that has no Subsistence.
BOOK III CHAPTER X
Concerning the Trisagium (“the Thrice Holy”).
BOOK III CHAPTER XI
Concerning the Nature as viewed in Species and in Individual, and concerning the difference between Union and Incarnation: and how this is to be understood, “The one Nature of God the Word Incarnate.
BOOK III CHAPTER XII
That the holy Virgin is the Mother of God: an argument directed against the Nestorians.
BOOK III CHAPTER XIII
Concerning the properties of the two Natures.
BOOK III CHAPTER XIV
Concerning the volitions and free-will of our Lord Jesus Christ.
BOOK III CHAPTER XV
Concerning the energies in our Lord Jesus Christ.
BOOK III CHAPTER XVI
In reply to those who say(7) “If man has two natures and two energies, Christ must be held to have three natures and as many energies.
BOOK III CHAPTER XVII
Concerning the deification of the nature of our Lord’s flesh and of Hi’s will.
BOOK III CHAPTER XVIII
Further concerning volitions and free-wills: minds, too, and knowledges and wisdoms.
BOOK III CHAPTER XIX
Concerning the theandric energy.
BOOK III CHAPTER XX
Concerning the natural and innocent passions(2a).
BOOK III CHAPTER XXI
Concerning ignorance and servitude.
BOOK III CHAPTER XXII
Concerning His growth.
BOOK III CHAPTER XXIII
Concerning His Fear.
BOOK III CHAPTER XXIV
Concerning our Lord’s Praying.
BOOK III CHAPTER XXV
Concerning the Appropriation.
BOOK III CHAPTER XXVI
Concerning the Passion of our Lord’s body, and the Impassibility of His divinity.
BOOK III CHAPTER XXVII
Concerning the fact that the divinity of the Word remained inseparable from the soul and the body, even at our Lord’s death, and that His subsistence continued one.
BOOK III CHAPTER XXVIII
Concerning Corruption and Destruction.
BOOK III CHAPTER XXIX
Concerning the Descent to Hades.
BOOK IV CHAPTER I
Concerning what followed the Resurrection.
BOOK IV CHAPTER II
Concerning the sitting at the right hand of the Father.
BOOK IV CHAPTER III
In reply to those who say(5) “If Christ has two natures, either ye do service to the creature in worshipping created nature, or ye say that there is one nature to be worshipped, and another not to be worshipped.
BOOK IV CHAPTER IV
Why it was the Son of God, and not the Father or the Spirit, that became man: and what having became man He achieved.
BOOK IV CHAPTER V
In reply to those who ask if Christ’s subsistence is create or uncreate.
BOOK IV CHAPTER VI
Concerning the question, when Christ was called.
BOOK IV CHAPTER VII
In answer to those who enquire whether the holy Mother of God bore two natures, and whether two natures hung upon the Crass.
BOOK IV CHAPTER VIII
How the Only-begotten Son of God is called first-born.
BOOK IV CHAPTER IX
Concerning Faith and Baptism.
BOOK IV CHAPTER XII
Concerning Worship towards the East.
BOOK IV CHAPTER XIII
Concerning the holy and immaculate Mysteries of the Lord.
BOOK IV CHAPTER XIV
Concerning our Lord’s genealogy and concerning the holy Mother of God(4).
BOOK IV CHAPTER XV
Concerning the honour due to the Saints and their remains.
BOOK IV CHAPTER XVI
Concerning Images(8).
BOOK IV CHAPTER XVII
Concerning Scripture(8).
BOOK IV CHAPTER XVIII
Regarding the things said concerning Christ.
BOOK IV CHAPTER XIX
That God(7) is not the cause of evils.
BOOK IV CHAPTER XX
That there are not two Kingdoms.
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXI
The purpose(2) for which God in His foreknowledge created persons who would sin and not repent.
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXII
Concerning the law of God and the law of sin.
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXIII
Against the Jews on the question Sabbath.
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXIV
Concerning Virginity.
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXV
Concerning the Circumcision.
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXVI
It should be known that the Antichrist is hound to come.
BOOK IV CHAPTER XXVII
Concerning the Resurrection.