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“The Holy Spirit hath ever been and is, and shall ever be, neither beginning nor endings; but He is ever ranked and numbered together with the Father and the Son. He is Life, and life-creating; Light and light-bestowing; by Nature All-Good, and the Source of goodness; through Him the Father is know, and the Son is glorified; and thereby all Mankind acknowledges a single sovereignty, single covenant, one adoration of the All-Holy Trinity!”

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THE HOLY ORTHODOX FAITH

THE HOLY ORTHODOX FAITH by St. Ephraim the Syrian on the Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). Hymn on the Nativity by St. Ephraim the Syrian: Blessed be that Child, Who gladdened Bethlehem today! Blessed be the Babe Who made manhood young again today! Blessed be the Fruit, Who lowered Himself to our famished state! Blessed be the Good One Who suddenly enriched our necessitousness and supplied our needs! Blessed be He Whose tender mercies made Him condescend to visit our infirmities! Praise to the Fountain that was sent for our propitiation. Praise be to Him Who made void the Sabbath by fulfilling it! Praise too to Him Who rebuked the leprosy and it remained not, Whom the fever saw and fled! Praise to the Merciful, Who bore our toil! Glory to Thy coming, which quickened the sons of men! Glory to Him Who came to us by His first-born! Glory to the Silence that spake by His Voice. Glory to the One on high Who was seen by His Day-spring! Glory to the Spiritual Who was pleased to have a Body, that in it His virtue might be felt, and He might by that Body show mercy on His household’s bodies! Glory to that Hidden One Whose Son was made manifest! Glory to that Living One Whose Son was made to die! Glory to that Great One Whose Son descended and was small! Glory to the Power Who did straiten His greatness by a form, His unseen nature by...

ON THE NATURE OF SIN

by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo Faith is an orientation of the soul, not an accord with a collection of facts. If sin ultimately means alienation from God, then its cure, true repentance, must consist in a radical re-orientation of one’s mind, soul and life toward Jesus Christ and His great moral imperatives. Western neo-Platonism, which was insinuated into Orthodox thought especially during the three-century “Latin captivity” of Russian seminaries and theology, and the publication of Greek texts by Roman Catholic publishers in Italy during the Turkish occupation of Greece, still corrupt many of our concepts of sin, virtue, morality, ethics and, consequently, the nature and meaning of repentance, and even of redemption. A clear example of this theological corruption is the book, The Soul After Death, which presents an erroneous concept of the nature of sin, judgment, the relationship between soul and body, the presence of the Holy Spirit, the nature of Redemption and the nature of Heaven and Hell [See Archbishop Lazar’s compilation of the patristic sources in a booklet by the same name available from Synaxis Press/ or our Mission bookstore. WHAT DOES “SIN” MEAN? “Sin” as it became understood in the post-patristic West, is a poor translation of the Hebrew and Greek concepts it is supposed to represent. Consequently, it expresses inadequately the Scriptural idea it is used to render. This is no fault of the English language, which is sufficient for any theological concept; rather it is a reflection of the theological and, perhaps, linguistic inadequacies of the Scholastic era in the Latin world, from which the concepts were derived. The term in Greek and Hebrew...

THE LIGHT OF ORTHODOXY Volume 1 Number 2

July 30, 2007 by Raphael Masterjohn RMOrthodox@aol.com ORTHODOXY vs THE PAPACY: THE FOUNDATION OF THE [ORTHODOX] CHURCH Papal Dogma asserts that the Papacy is built upon Peter, and based upon these words of the Holy Bible:?Jesus asked His disciples, saying, Whom do men say I am ? And they said, Some say John the Baptist, some Elias; and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He said unto them, But whom do you say that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonas; for flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven,and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven? (Matthew 16: 16-19). According to Papal propaganda, broadly circulated during the second millennium, Christ built His Church upon Simon who was renamed Peter (rock). As such Popes of Rome remain as Peter”s successors, having total authority over the Christian Church. Papal propaganda claims that this authority came from Christ who chose Peter above the other Disciples as the chief cornerstone on which He built is Church. The ideology that Peter is the rock upon which the Church of Jesus Christ is literally papal mythology....