Why do Orthodox Christians kiss icons?
It is important to kiss holy icons or images, as this is a sign of respect, in the same way that we kiss a picture of our mother, father, husband, wife or children, to show the respect that we have for our loved ones. When we kiss a photo or picture of a family member or loved one, we are not woshipping them and we are not kissing the paper or wood or glass of the photo or frame. In the same way, when we kiss an icon of the holy saints, we are not kissing the physical material of the icon, but rather, we are showing respect and honour towards the person who is represented in the icon. Orthodox Christians often kiss, respect, venerate and honour icons, but they do not woship icons. Orthodox Christians only worship God. The Bible has many examples of how holy icons were used as an aid to worshipping God, even in Old Testament times. For example, when God commanded Moses to make images of cherubim angels for the Temple "In the Most Holy Place he made two cherubim..." (2Chronicles 3:10). So when we kiss an icon of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is as though we are kissing Christ Himself. Jesus does not condemn this practice, but rather sees it as an act of respect, just like He did with the sinful woman in the Bible: "You gave me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss my feet since the time I came in." (Luke 7:45)
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Orthodox icons are often referred to as "windows to heaven." The icon is a depiction of Christ, the saints, or biblical events done in a very precise fashion with thoughtful prayer throughout the process. The icon shares in the reality of image it depicts, thus we hold them very dear as they teach u…s with our eyes what our ears cannot hear. (MORE)
Answer . An Orthodox Christian holds the beliefs of the Orthodox Catholic Faith, which was held and taught by the Holy Apostles. It is summarized in the Symbol of Faith, sometimes called the Nicene Creed: "I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things… seen and unseen. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-Begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven; and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again, in accordance with the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the Prophets; in one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church; I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.". The essential beliefs of the Orthodox Christian are therefore very much the essential beliefs of all Christians--the existence of God as Holy Trinity; the Incarnation of the Son as the God-Man Christ Jesus; and His passion, death, and resurrection. Beyond the beliefs stipulated in the Creed, an Orthodox Christian believes in all the doctrines of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, held between AD 325 and AD 787.. Orthodox Christians, however, hold that these beliefs are part of an entire way of believing, living, and worshipping that comes to us from the Apostles. This we call "Holy Tradition." Our liturgical worship, our use of the Holy Icons, our prayers for the departed, our veneration of the Saints, and especially of the Mother of God--all of these are part of Holy Tradition. For the Orthodox, it is not possible to accept some parts of this and reject others; these beliefs and practices make up an organic whole, which is nothing more or less than Christianity itself. (MORE)
Answer \n. \northodox christians in the fullest true sense, the house is called the house of prayer\n. \nOrthodox Christians worship in the house of God, which is called the church of the living God (1 Timothy 3:15).
Iconographers study iconography at Seminary, or study under a noted iconographer. Some monks and nuns who write icons, study iconography at the monastery.
This is known as the Nicene Creed. It is a statement of the Orthodox Faith.. We believe in one God, God the the Father, Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages…; Light of Light, True God of True God; begotten, not created, of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were created.Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and became man; and was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose from the dead, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, in His glory, to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end. Yes, We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father; who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. We confess one baptism for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the coming ages. Amen (MORE)
Answer \n. \nMAIN BELIEFS (DOGMAS) OF THE EASTERN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHURCH\n(Not necessarily in any order)\n. \nGOD. \nWorship the Holy Trinity as God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matt 28:19).\nWorship Jesus Christ as Lord, Saviour and the Word (Logos) as God. (John 1:1).\nBelieve in God as… the Creator of the Universe and all things on Earth, including human beings, and totally reject the pagan beliefs of evolution (John 1:3).\nBelieve that Christ was resurrected from the dead, for our sins. (Mark 16:6, Luke 24:46-47).\nBelieve that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father and the only way to salvation. (John 14:6).\nBelieve that Holy Communion is the actual Body and Blood of Christ. (Matt 26:26-28).\n. \nBIBLE AND TRADITION. \nThe Bible or Holy Scriptures and the Holy Tradition are kept equally sacred. (2Thes 2:15, 1Cor 11:2)).\nThe first centuries of the Church had no Bible, but the Church had the oral tradition handed down from the Church Fathers who, inspired by the Holy Spirit, defined the 27 Books of the New Testament Scriptures in 367 AD. The Council of Carthage in 419 AD confirmed the books of the Old and New Testaments.\n. \nTHE CHURCH. \nJesus Christ Himself founded the Orthodox Church on the Day of Pentecost in the year 33 AD. âI will build My church.â(Matt 16:18).\nBelieving in God and being baptized (by triple immersion in water) are essential in order to be a member of the Church and to be saved (Mark 16:16).\nThe Orthodox Church can trace its history from the Twelve Apostles and their successors right up until the present day. This is known as the Apostolic Succession of bishops.\nThe highest authority in the Church is an Ecumenical Council or Synod of Bishops, as has existed since the 1st Century, when the Apostles would come together to consider theological matters. (Acts 15:6, 21:18).\nThe Orthodox Church has a collegial system of government.\nThe Ecumenical Patriarch is the âfirst among equal bishopsâ and the Church totally rejects the idea of any one person or Pope as âsupreme leaderâ of the Church. Note: This idea of papal supremacy was even rejected by Pope John XXIII at the Council of Constance in 1414, and again by Pope Martin V at the Council of Basel in 1431.\n. \nVENERATION (HONOUR). \nHonouring the Virgin Mary as the âBearer of Godâ (Theotokos) and as the Mother of God is an essential part of our Faith. (Third Ecumenical Council, 431 AD) Even the Angels of God greet Mary with great respect and honour: âRejoice highly favoured one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!â (Luke 1:28).\nHonouring the righteous and Saints of God is an essential part of our Faith. (Prov. 10:7, Rev 5:8, 8:3-4).\nHonouring the Holy Icons is an essential part of our Faith. (Seventh Ecumenical Council, 787 AD, Exodus 26:31, Hebrews 9:5). Note: Icons are honoured or venerated, but not worshipped.\nNote: St Luke himself (the Evangelist) painted over 70 holy icons, mainly of the Virgin Mary and Christ.\nHonouring the Holy Cross is an essential part of Christian worship. (Mark 8:34, Gal 6:14, Eph 2:16)\nThose who do not believe in the Cross cannot be disciples of Christ. (Luke 14:27)\n. \nMEANING OF LIFE. \nThe whole meaning and purpose of our life, including the Bible, the Law, the Prophets, and all other Old Testament commandments, can be summarised by the Greatest Commandment that Jesus Christ gave us. This Great Commandment is: âYou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mindâ¦the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.â (Matthew 22:37-40) âThere is no other commandment greater than these.â(Mark 12:31).\nWe therefore require both faith (love of God) and good works (love of neighbor) in order to be saved. Faith alone cannot save us. (James 2:14, 17-20)\n. \nESCATOLOGY (END TIMES). \nThe First Coming of Jesus Christ was as the Messiah and Saviour of humanity. The Second Coming of Christ will be as the Great Judge of the living and the dead. \nNo one knows the date of the Second Coming of Christ. (Matt 24:36).\nThe Second Coming will be visible in the clouds (Mark 13:26), but Christ will NOT walk on the earth again and will NOT bring in a thousand years of peace. (This is a false teaching of some Protestant groups). The âthousand years of peaceâ in the Book of Revelation refers to the period between the First and Second Comings of Christ. It is a metaphorical expression for a period of fullness of time or completion. (2Peter 3:8).\nThe person who appears on earth and pretends to be Christ will in fact be the Antichrist.\n(1John 2:18).\nThe reign of the Antichrist (beast) on earth will be seven years. The first half of those years will be as a ruler of peace, and the second half will be as a ruler of war.\nThen the true Jesus Christ will appear in the sky and will destroy the beast and all his followers who accepted his mark. (Rev 19:20).\nThen Jesus will Judge the living and the dead, and the earth will pass away. (Mark 13:31, Rev 21:1). The Second Coming of Christ marks the end of the earth. From then onwards, we will either exist eternally with Satan or eternally with Christ in the New Jerusalem, depending on how we have been judged. (Matt 25:46). (MORE)
Some Anglicans (known as Episcopalians in the US) use icons in their churches. Most fall into the category of "high church" Anglicans, rather than the "low church" Anglicans. High church Anglicans frequently use icons, incense and bells as a means of facilitating worship and relationship to God, whe…reas the low church Anglicans tend to believe excessive rituals and implements distract from worship and relationship. In many places around the world, Anglicans are emphasizing their ancient roots and are encouraging the use of icons and other devotional practices again. For example, St Paul's Cathedral in London, has a large icon of the Virgin Mary and Christ on its wall. The current Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Dr. Rowan Williams, also encourages the use of icons as part of Anglican services. It may also be argued that the Anglican tradition has long emphasized words as iconography even more than images. Examples can be found in the mystical and poetical tradition throughout Anglicanism's history. Examples may include such notable "icons" as "St. Patrick's Breastplate," the poetry of John Donne, and the Book of Common Prayer, itself. The Orthodox Church, however, places much greater emphasis on the corporate use of holy icons in its services and some churches are full of portable icons and frescoes or mosaics on the walls. It continues the practice of the Early Church which has used icons in its Liturgy and services for over 2000 years. For example, the evangelist and apostle St Luke, himself painted many icons of the Virgin Mary and Christ. So from this, no one can say that the use of icons did not have an Apostolic foundation. Indeed, the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which is accepted by all mainstream Christian Faiths, made a clear ruling that icons are a necessary and essential part of the Christian Faith. The veneration or honour of holy icons has an important place in the Church, but it confirmed that icons are not worshipped. Only the Lord Jesus Christ is worshipped. Icons are venerated, which means respected and honoured, in the same way that we respect a photo of our loved ones by kissing it, but we do not worship them either. Icons represent the transfigured Saint who is represented in the icon, and sometimes depicts some scenes from their life or martyrdom. Holy icons have been used as an aid to worship by Christians since the earliest times during Orthodox Church services. Especially since the Church had only the Hebrew Scriptures without a formalized New Testament for the first few centuries of the Church. (MORE)
Answer . Orthodox Christianity is the descriptive name given to the faith and beliefs of the Orthodox Church. It is similar to other names such as Roman Catholic Christianity or Protestant Christianity. The name Orthodox means having the correct beliefs and the correct way to glorify God. . Th…e Orthodox Church was founded by Jesus Himself in the year 33 AD, on the Day of Pentecost. According to Orthodox Christian beliefs, the Orthodox Church has always existed from the beginning of time (called the Church Triumphant) but the physical church on earth (called the Church Militant) was established in Jerusalem in 33 AD and continues to exist to this day without any changes to its dogmas and beliefs. (MORE)
Answer . According to the Orthodox Church, Jesus Christ established the Orthodox Church in 33 AD, to provide for the salvation of humanity, since the Church is regarded as Christ's Body. For over 1,000 there was only one Christian Church throughout the world, known as the "One, Holy, Catholic, …and Apostolic Church of Christ" or simply the "Universal Church." At this time, there was no such thing as a Roman Catholic or Orthodox Church. These titles were given in the 11th Century, after the Great Schism of 1054 AD, which caused a split to emerge in the Church. This was owing to growing theological differences between the Latin West and the Orthodox East. From then onwards, those who remained faithful to the Church Councils became known as Orthodox Christians, and those who remained faithful to the authority of the Pope in Rome, became known as Latins or Catholics. From then onwards, the Catholics had many other groups split from it and new groups emerged, such as the Protestants in 1517 AD, the Baptists in the 1600's, the Pentecostals in the 1900's and so on. The Orthodox Church continued to maintain what it regards as the true faith, which it has kept unchanged since the time of Christ and His Apostles. This unbroken chain or line of bishops is known as The Apostolic Succession, which means that the Orthodox Church can trace its history right back from the 1st Century AD until the present day. (MORE)
1.6% of Orthodox Christian is in Germany today and more than likely in Belgium and In Some otther places by Germany.
In the Eastern Orthodox Faith, Easter is referred to as Pascha (literal translation of Greek for Passover, pesach ). The celebration of Pascha begins the evening of Palm Sunday with Bridgroom Matins, which begins Holy Week. Holy Wednesday commemerates The Last Supper. On Holy Thursday, the… 12 Passion Gospels are read. On Great and Holy Friday, Christ's death is commemerated as the Lamentations are sung. On Great and Holy Saturday, Christ's Descent Into Hell is remembered. The celebration of Pascha begins Saturday night at approx. 11:00 PM with the Midnight Office. After complete darkness for a long period, the Priest removes the epitaphios from the tomb and carries it into the altar, where it will remain on the altar table until the end of the Paschal season. Paschal Matins then begins with a procession around the church near midnight. When the faithful return to the front of the Church, the Gospel reading is read and the Paschal Troparion is sung for the first time: Christ Is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life. (MORE)
To be "an orthodox Christian" means to have the right or correct opinion about Christian doctrine. However, who is entitled to judge that? One approach is for an individual person to decide who he or she will trust to give them the right opinion. Another approach is for an individual to independe…ntly assess what is the right opinion about any particular issue. For Catholics, orthodoxy lies in the Catholic Church itself, and in the end result, in the Pope. Catholics believe that both the Bible and tradition are authoritative. For Protestants, the Bible stands above all other authorities, and every doctrine has to be measured solely against what the Bible says. Since the Bible was not written as a doctrinal manifesto, it is necessary to read the Bible and then to form a judgement on each issue to determine what is the right opinion. This means that there is some diversity in Protestant opinions on a number of issues of Christian doctrine, while retaining a large measure of agreement around the central doctrines of the faith. There is also a very old part of the Church that describes itself as "Orthodox." So we have a Greek Orthodox Church and its daughter churches, such as the Russian Orthodox Church. In these churches there is great confidence placed in the decisions of the Ecumenical Councils, particularly the councils held at Nicea, Constantinople, Ephesus and Chalcedon, held in the fourth and fifth centuries. Catholics and most Protestants also have confidence in the decisions of these councils. There are two other main branches of this self-described "Orthodox" part of the Church. Each branch differs in its respective attitude to the councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon. On one hand, there is the Syrian Orthodox Church, and the other independent churches who are associated with it, such as the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Armenian Apostolic Church. They formally reject the decisions of the Council of Chalcedon. On the other hand, there is the Church of the East. It formally rejects the decisions of the Council of Ephesus. Yet these differences go back a long way, and relate to questions that were hotly contested at the time, even though these churches believe that the underlying issues are capable of being expressed in different (but less controversial) terms on which almost all Christians would agree. (MORE)
Some orthodox Christian churches do eat pork, but some don't such as the Ethiopian orthodox church.
The Oriental orthodox communion believe in exactly the same dogmas as the Eastern orthodox communion after a meeting between the two churches concerning the nature of christ coming into conclusion that they used different words to describe the same thing.
The head of the Orthodox Church is Jesus Christ, and it does not have a global leader, like a pope. The highest authority in the Orthodox Church is an Ecumenical Council, or Synod of worldwide bishops. The Ecumenical Patriarch is considered to be âfirst among equalsâ in terms of hierarchy,… but he cannot interfere in the decisions of other jurisdictions. The current spiritual leader of the worldâs 300 million Orthodox Christians is His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in Constantinople (now known as Istanbul). (MORE)
A âGreek Orthodoxâ Christian is a Christian who comes under the Orthodox Church of Greece. In the rest of the world, he or she would be known as an Orthodox Christian. \nThe name "greek orthodox" should not be used to describe Orthodox Christians in other countries outside of Greece. There… is no nationality in the Orthodox Church. It is open to people of all backgrounds, races and cultures. Orthodox Christians in Japan are Japanese Orthodox, Orthodox Christians in Russia are Russian Orthodox, Orthodox Christians in America are American Orthodox, etc. (MORE)
It is a painting on wood of saints and biblical events. They are painted with symbolic colours and the background is usually gold .
Yes, Greek Orthodoxy is a form of Christianity. All of the booksof the New Testament were originally written in Greek. In manyGreek Orthodox parishes throughout the world, readings from both anEpistle and a Gospel are read both in the original Greek and alsoin a translation into the local language. …. Orthodoxy, whether Greek or otherwise (Russian, Orthodox Churchof America, and so on) is a very pure form of Christianity.Orthodox beliefs are expressed in the Nicean Creed. Churcheslabeled 'Greek Orthodox' can be found "within the larger communionof Eastern Orthodox Christianity," and had their origins inassemblies formed in the Balkans and adjacent areas by apostles anddisciples during the first century. . Although at one time co-existing with the larger 'WesternOrthodox Christianity' of Roman Catholicism, the Eastern Churchofficially separated itself in 1054 AD, in what is termed The GreatSchism. . Please note that 'Eastern Church' should not be confused with theHoly Apostolic Church of the East. (MORE)
Mainly, wood and paint. Some are also partially to mainly covered in silver or gold.
According to Orthodox Christianity, everything that is done must be by the standards of The Bible, everything else is a sin.
The Church of Christ was founded by the Holy Apostles on the First Pentecost. That Church was Orthodox (Right believing, Right worshipping) and Catholic (Universal). The Church of Christ-wherever people were converted to it, was Orthodox, until 1054, when the West (Western Europe) split from the Ort…hodox Church due to different issues, but mainly revolving around the novel claim of the Popes that they had more power than did all the other Bishops of the Church. As time went on, the church in the West became known as "the Roman Catholic Church," the True Church of Christ in the East as the "Orthodox Church," usually modified by the region of the Church being spoken of - "Greek Orthodox Church," "Russian Orthodox Church," etc. In light of the belief of the Orthodox Church that it is the True Church of Christ, and therefore, True Christianity, "Christianity" did not "become Orthodox or Catholic," but always was, and still is Orthodox; Roman Catholics are an organization that adopted incorrect beliefs about the Church and about Christ from the 9th century on; once being identical, by the 20th century, the gulf had widened greatly, with Roman Catholic belief becoming very far away, indeed, from the beliefs of Orthodox Christianitythe True Church of Christ, the only Genuine Christianity. (MORE)
They should go every Sunday, and at other times during the week when the Divine Liturgy (mass) is held. Not all Orthodox Christians go each week, but it is a requirement that they should not miss a Liturgy for more than 3 Sundays in a row.
The Eastern Orthodox Church is one of the two halves of Christianity that emerged after the Great Schism of 1054. It is much more deeply rooted in mysticism than its Western counterpart, the Catholic Church, and claims to uphold the traditions of the original Church of ancient times. The Orthodox an…d Catholic Churches formally split in 1054 with the excommunication of the Patriarch of Constantinople and his counter excommunication of several papal legates. Eastern and Western Christianity had been growing apart for many centuries, and had their adherents had clashed over a range of issues from the role and power of the pope, the Filioque Controversy, the issue of Iconoclasm, and a multitude of others, with events of 1054 being the final straw. The Orthodox Church has since divided in several 'autocephalous' branches, including the Greek Orthodox and Russian Orthodox churches. Several attempts have been made towards reunification, but none so far has succeeded. (MORE)
Nadia originated in the Slavic languages; it means "hope of God", so is likely related to the Orthodox tradition of that area of the world.
Orthodox Christians baptize babies because they want their children to have the Holy Spirit in them as soon as possible.
Eastern Orthodox - allow up to 2 divorces, the 2nd one being only for particular limited circumstances Oriental Orthodox - no divorce except for adultery
If by orthodox Christianity, you mean "Biblical" Christianity, it is safe to say that the Christian heritage of the West was most likely the mother of the thought patterns that gave rise to science. Belief in a dependable God is key to believing in the rational, comprehensible worldview necessary to… incite scientific curiosity. Rodney Stark (former skeptic) has written a great series of books on this subject. To see some Christian physicists in action today, see the related links. (One of them is yours truly. I wanted my theories known for the record, too.) (MORE)
The Orthodox Christian Church is the embodiment of the Nicene Creed, which was instituted in 325 AD. It is the first century Christian Church as instituted by Jesus Christ himself. Here are links to help:http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthodox_Church http://www.mother-of…-jesus.org (MORE)
Writing icons is an extremely prayer-filled task. You first, needto ask the Lord for guidance in this situation, and to guide yourhand. You also need to pray to the saint you are going to bewriting. Praying to a saint, is not the same as praying to God. Youmust ask the saint to pray for YOU in this …task. (MORE)
Answer 1 Hate is a very strong word. Presumably some Orthodox Christianshate Muslims, but undoubtedly very many do not. Answer 2 Orthodox Christians do not hate Muslims as an article of faith orbelief, but enmities exist on a national or regional basis sincemany of the states of the Orthodox Chr…istian World have been on theborder and at war with the States of the Islamic World, especiallythe Ottoman Empire. This creates hatred that faults along nationallines and because of the connection people make between religionand the state in that part of the world, there is some OrthodoxChristian hatred of Muslims. (MORE)
There is NO one geographic location for a church headquarters for the Orthodox. There is the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople as a 'primatial see' if only in sentiment as the other Patriarchates have their physical locations in other cities. The various Patriarchates include a Patriarch of …Antioch (Damascus Syria usually were he's located), the largest Patriarchate is Moscow, Serbs have Belgrade, Bulgarians have Sofia. There is an independent body in the USA, the Orthodox Church in America. It has a physical headquarters in Syosset Long Island, New York that will likely end up in Washington, DC. as the complexities and costs of such a move can happen. Perhaps the multiple jurisdictions is the situation that needs be corrected. However, we hold the same Faith, doctrine, dogma, and worship. (MORE)
The head of the Orthodox Church is Jesus Christ, and it does not have headquarters or a global leader, like a pope. The highest authority in the Orthodox Church is an Ecumenical Council, or Synod of worldwide bishops. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople is considered to be 'first among equals…' in terms of being the spiritual head, but he cannot interfere in the decisions of other jurisdictions. The current spiritual leader of the world's 350 million Orthodox Christians is His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who is based in Constantinople (known today as Istanbul). (MORE)
Icons are venerated (honored) but not worshipped in the Orthodox Church. This is done by commemorating the memory of a saint, in the same way that the people of God in the Old Testament commemorated the righteous people who pleased God: "The memory of the righteous is blessed" (Proverbs 10:17). St… Luke the Apostle and Evangelist was the first person to paint icons (of the Virgin Mary and Christ) and some of these icons are still in existence to this day (on Mt Athos, Greece). This practice has continued in the Christian Church for over 2,000 years and is an essential part of Christianity, as confirmed by the Seventh Ecumenical Council and the Church Fathers. By venerating icons we ask for the saints to pray to God for us, because we are told that God hears all prayers, but especially the prayers of his saints, as stated in Revelation 5:8 and in Revelation 8:3-4 "â¦the prayers of the saints, ascended before Godâ¦" (MORE)
Most Orthodox churches would allow this, so long as any children are Baptized in the Orthodox Church.
Orthodox Christianity (like Roman Catholicism) is the oldest Christian faith and can be traced back to the Apostles and Jesus Christ.
There are no priestesses in Greek Orthodoxy as it showed the difference between them and Pagan religions.
Answer The Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches are equally old, being the inheritors of the Church split by the Great Schism of 1054. Whether or not the former Church, now known to some scholars as the Catholic-Orthodox Church, was the very first branch of Christianity is something still being de…bated by scholars. Certainly, there were Gnostic Christians from very early times, and this branch of Christianity flourished until the fourth century, when Constantine adopted the Catholic-Orthodox Church and began the persecution of Christians who did not adhere to the dogma of his Church. Some scholars talk of a 'proto-Christianity' that could have already existed at the time attributed to Jesus. The apostle Paul seems to have preached a spiritual Jesus and does not seem to have been aware of Jesus of Nazareth. He also talked of those who preached a 'different Christ', demonstrating that by the 40s and probably even earlier, there were already differences as to what Christianity really meant. Scholars are not in a position to say what was the oldest form of Christianity. (MORE)
Yes, but the Non-Orthodox must be baptized into The Orthodox Church first before the Holy Sacrament of Marriage takes place.
The Orthodox Church welcomes people of all backgrounds who wish to become members of the Eastern Orthodox Church. You do not need to be Greek and you do not need to speak Greek to become an Orthodox Christian. You will need to speak to an Orthodox priest or bishop first, and then they will advise yo…u about the procedures and whether a period of catechism (instruction in the Faith) is required before a baptism can take place. You should telephone and then visit an Orthodox church to begin the process. (MORE)
You can marry anyone you want in America you know as long as they have a social security number.
A religious icon is a picture or an image of Jesus and the saints. The Byzantine Orthodox Church split after Christians disagreed overhow religious icons should be used.
Because the Church of England has not opposed the use of holy icons in its churches. Only some evengelical protestant groups do not use icons. The Queen of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury support the use of icons.
yes it is posible. Roman Catholic Answer If you are talking about the sacrament of confirmation, then a Catholic should be confirmed by his own Bishop.
Yes, but only if he or she is first baptized as an Orthodox Christian. A Christian Orthodox person is only allowed to marry a Christian. Inter-faith marriages are not permitted in the Orthodox Church. This would only be possible as a civil marriage.
Because kissing is a sign of respect, just like when you kiss a picture of your mother, father, or child. Icons are not worshipped, they are venerated (meaning honoured) by commemorating the memory of a saint. By venerating icons we ask for the saints to pray to God for us, because we know that Go…d hears all prayers, but especially the prayers of his saints, as we read in Revelation 5:8 and in Revelation 8:3-4 "â¦the prayers of the saints, ascended before Godâ¦" (MORE)
Icons are holy images that declare the presence of the kingdom of God in the church. They are not only 'visual aids' but representations of the living saints of God. Jesus Christ Himself is also referred to in the Bible as "the image of the invisible God" (Colossians 1:15 and 2Corinthians 4:4). Ho…nouring the Holy Icons is an essential part of our Faith, as confirmed by the Church Fathers and the Bible. (Seventh Ecumenical Council, 787 AD, Exodus 26:31, Hebrews 9:5). Icons are honoured or venerated, but they are not worshipped. Only God is worshipped. St Luke himself (the Apostle and Evangelist) painted over 70 icons, mainly of the Virgin Mary and Christ, and some of his original icons are still in existence to this day (on Mt Athos, Greece). These were painted before the death of Christ. This practice has continued in the Orthodox Church for over 2,000 years and is an essential part of Christianity. Honouring the righteous and Saints of God is also confirmed in the Bible. (Prov. 10:7, Rev 5:8, 8:3-4). (MORE)
Icons are an important part of Orthodox worship. In prayer, the icon focuses your thoughts and keeps your mind from wandering ... a constant reminder. They have been an integral part of Orthodox worship since the beginning of the Church at the time of Christ. The 7th Ecumenical Council reinforced th…is with Cannon Law. (MORE)
The only requirement of being "Christian" is that you believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and that he was the son of God and died on the Cross for our sins and then was risen again on the 3rd day. Jesus didn't die to give us a religion, it was to bring us everlasting life.
Yes. All Orthodox churches use icons that are painted in the Byzantine style and are painted with an egg-based acrylic.
Your question is strangely asked. The word "orthodox" is based on the Greek words "orthos" meaningright, true, straight, and "doxa" meaning praise. The word thenrefers to something which is the "right idea." Those who hold to what may be called "traditional Christianity"(the faith of the early Chur…ch as described in the New Testament)are considered to be "orthodox" in their beliefs. One of the three major branches of Christianity is common describedas the "Orthodox Church" as opposed to Roman Catholic andProtestant branches. (MORE)