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Questions tagged [eastern-orthodox]

Doctrine, practice, saints and other topics around Eastern Orthodox (Greek, Russian etc.) Church.

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What is the earliest surviving reference to the Paschal Greeting?

It's common in some traditions to greet one another with a "Paschal Greeting" on Easter, such as "Christ is risen," with the response "He is risen indeed." The custom seems to have originated in the ...
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On what bases do Eastern-Orthodox reject total depravity?

Why do Eastern-Orthodox reject the doctrine of total depravity? Considering evidence like, Matthew 7:11, Romans 3:10-20.
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What is the Eastern-Orthodox interpetation of Romans 3:10-20?

In his book, "On the Bondage of the Will", Martin Luther cites St. Paul in section 151, to back his view that free-will is actually in bondage, specifically Romans 3:10-20, how do Eastern-Orthodox ...
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Do orthodox Christians fast on Monday to exceed the righteousness of the pharisees and scribes?

This question regards Matthew 5:20: "For I say to you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of ...
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How is the date of Easter set on the Orthodox calendar?

How is the date of Easter set by the Orthodox churches? (If that's too broad, I'm specifically interested in Greek Orthodox.) According to the Greek Orthodox Diocese of America: Easter is on the ...
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Greek orthodox prophecy of the messiah in Meteora

I have attached an image. This week I traveled to Meteora, Greece to visit the Great Monastery. I found a text there quoting famous Greek persons from ancient times (b.c.) writing about a messiah ...
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From an Orthodox perspective…how do we know the saints specifically hear an individuals prayers?

I know the saints see our prayers ascending as incense (Rev 8:4), that they observe the glory of God and are close to his holy presence. Where does the belief come from that they hear us? Or that ...
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What is the process of conversion to Orthodoxy from Anglicanism/Catholicism

I require information for a fiction piece that I am writing, due to the fact that I've never converted to Orthodoxy, as I was baptized Orthodox What is the process of conversion from Anglicanism or ...
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When did tradition become first used as Tradition?

When did the idea that tradition (pious, informed, well-meaning) is actually Tradition (divine, sacred, God-breathed) first become used and defined in the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox traditions?...
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Churches that Teach Tradition as Inspired have Different Traditions. How do They Explain This?

Some denominations (Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic) teach different Traditions that contradict each other. An obvious example of this is the papacy (RC says correct. EO says incorrect.). Both ...
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What precisely is the sacramental “economy”? In which sense it is an economy?

I have always been puzzled by the use of the word "economy" linked to the sacraments, or in other expressions like "economy of salvation", "economy of creation", Divine "economy" (see full list of its ...
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Acording to Orthodox Christianity does God know the future?

Acording to Eastern-Orthodoxy, does God know the future in its completeness? Does he know what I'm going to eat, what I'm going to wear... I'm reaching the conclusion that Luther's "On the Bondage ...
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Overview of countries using the Gregorian calendar vs the Julian calendar for calculating Easter?

I hope that this question is okay to ask in here. I am looking for an overview of countries that are using the Gregorian calendar as the basis for calculating the placement of Easter and/or a list of ...
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What are the main reasons of EOC for why the Protoevangelium of James was not to be included in the canon?

What are the main reasons of Eastern Orthodox Church for why the Protoevangelium of James was not to be included in the canon? I was looking for a resource stating those reasons, but couldn't find. ...
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Have any Catholics (e.g. Eastern Rite) ever followed the Old Calendar since the late 16th century?

This question occurred to me after reading this question about the observance of Lent among Eastern Rite converts. It is my understanding that since 1582, the Roman Catholic Church has followed the ...
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Do orthodox christians eat pork and are they circumcised?

Peace be with you. I want to know if Orthodox Christians eat pork, and are they circumcised? I am referring to the early church which is the Orthodox Christians because in the Bible it says Yeshua (...
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Why is the Bishop of Jerusalem still Greek?

I understand that after the Bar Kokhba Revolt of 135 AD, that Jews (not even Christian Jews) were not allowed in Jerusalem, and that Christian bishops were forced to be gentiles. The last known bishop ...
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Can an Orthodox Christian of one diocese receive sacraments at a coterminous one, e.g. a Greek Orthodox at an OCA parish?

I'm presently a confirmed Catholic but am considering conversion to the Orthodoxy. Something I understand of it is that there is no single diocese in America, but multiple overlapping ones for ...
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Relics of Noah's Ark?

Do any Catholic or Orthodox churches claim to have relics of Noah's Ark? (As one might have a piece of the True Cross, for example.)
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Orthodox / Oriental Orthodox Reunion - What's the hold up? [duplicate]

I have been taking catechism classes at a Greek Orthodox Church. My priest said that the current division between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Church (Coptic, Armenian, Syriac,...
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Is Eastern orthodox christian is also called Jacobite? [closed]

Is there any relation between Eastern Orthodox Christian and Jacobites? Are they both different?
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What do the Catholic officials intend to do for unity with the Orthodox Church? [2017]

I have heard that Pope Francis said the Catholic Church would not impose any preconditions for the unity of the Catholic and Orthodox Church. Is that true? And if so what does it mean for the Church?
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What is the Orthodox Position On Lack of Veneration for Mary in NT Epistles?

I have been exploring joining the Orthodox Church. I understand that a reverence and honor for the Theotokos is not a bad thing. If it was good enough for the archangel at the annunciation, it ...
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Who is this Saint?

My sister bought me this bracelet from a monastery in Serbia. I've been searching for quite some time to find which Saint is depicted to no avail. It looks like St. John Chrysostom but I'm not sure.
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What does the Bible verse saying “don't boil a goat in its mother's milk” mean? [closed]

Does it mean don't use the word of God (milk meat and honey) condemning the little ones just learning the word of Christ to the point. The child rejects even hearing about God?
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Can Papal Supremacy be relinquished?

Is there anything in the Roman Catholic doctrine of papal supremacy that would prohibit the Pope from relinquishing his authority as head of the Church, and instead be "First among Equals?" One of ...
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How does the divine office compare between the different rites?

I'm wondering how the liturgy of the hours looks different in different quarters of the church. When Byzantine Christians pray the Divine Office, how is it different to when Latin Christians pray the ...
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Why do Saints Perform Less Miracles Over Time?

Anything is welcome, but I would prefer something in accordance with Catholic theology. I think I already know the answer but perhaps I am wrong, and I'm sure many Christians are wondering. I've ...
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Can Patron Saints be “dethroned”?

For instance lets say there's a patron saint of infants, but that a recently canonized saint is clearly superior to the previous one when it comes to infants. Is it not then warrented to make the ...
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How are Orthodox monastic names chosen?

Orthodox monks seem to always acquire monastic names when they join a monastery. Thus Mikhail became Macarius. (They also acquire a "seminary surname" if they did not have one already, though this ...
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Why did so many early church fathers say that sex was a consequence of the Fall?

According to an Orthodox that replies to someone else in an exchange regarding marital sex, he states "remember the words of Psalm 50" (Psalm 51 in Masoretic-based Bibles): I was conceived in ...
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Is the Eastern Orthodox opposition to the Immaculate Conception an innovation?

This question of mine springs from reading this article (Orthodoxy and the Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception) referenced in this answer to this Christianity SE question: What is the Catholic ...
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If Eastern Orthodoxy sees marriage as an eternal and unbreakable bond, why do they permit divorce?

The Wikipedia article for Marriage in Eastern Orthodoxy describes in almost poetic terms how marriage cannot be dissolved, even by death, because Christ has defeated death. If I'm interpreting all ...
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What is achieved by baptism in Eastern Orthodoxy (compared with Catholicism)

In Catholicism, a big part of baptism is the idea that it washes away original sin. As I understand things Eastern Orthodoxy denies original sin, so I'm wondering what the significance of baptism is ...
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What is the origin of the Orthodox belief that Sts. Joseph and Mary were betrothed but not married?

The Orthodox refer to St Joseph as Joseph the Betrothed. They assert that he and the Virgin Mary were betrothed, but never married. This differs from the Catholic and Protestant belief that they were ...
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Which 20th-century Orthodox Christians said that the crusades were more oppressive than the Marxist anti-religious campaigns?

Everett Ferguson, in Church History, I, 23.I.D, discusses the brutality of the crusades in the early 13th century, when Constantinople was sacked. One point I found particularly interesting was a ...
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Is the Catholic teaching regarding the definition of mortal sin de fide?

The Catholic definition of mortal sin: Its subject matter must be grave. It must be committed with full knowledge (and awareness) of the sinful action and the gravity of the offense. It must ...
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Is the Patriarch of Alexandria an Eastern Orthodox or an Oriental Orthodox?

I see Eastern Orthodox keyboard warriors commonly posting memes, bite size apologetics and propaganda against Catholicism which make some variation on the claim "4 out of 5 Patriarchs choose Eastern ...
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What was the basis for saying that 11th-century Greek churches were “rebaptizing” Latins?

In the run-up to the fateful excommunications of 1054, accusatory letters were exchanged between the Patriarch of Constantinople, Michael Cerularius, and Pope Leo IX. Each had issues with the other's ...
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Does the Orthodox Church accept the Athanasian Creed?

One of the main points of debate between the Eastern and Western churches concerns the words "and the Son" in the Nicene Creed's description of the Holy Spirit. The so-called Athanasian Creed ...
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It Still Confuses Me: Who can receive Communion where (Catholic/Orthodox)?

I'm fairly well versed on the political history of the Great Schism of the 11th century; however, I can't seem to get it straight when it comes to appropriate receiving of Communion. Now, I've never ...
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Does “Being in schism” merely imply mutual excommunication? (Catholic perspective)

In the answer provided to the following question: Explanation of the bell, book, and candle ritual of excommunication the author states that it is a common misconception that excommunication implies ...
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What objective, foolproof method do Eastern Orthodox have for working out which side is correct in the case of a Schism?

I'm Catholic but I have a great respect for and interest in Eastern Orthodoxy. I almost became Orthodox when I was converting out of protestantism but I became Catholic for reasons of convenience. ...
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At what point did the Eastern Church start self-identifying as the Orthodox Church?

The Great (East-West) Schism was a massive trainwreck centuries in the making and centuries in its outworking. At what point in the process did the Eastern Church start identifying itself as the ...
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At what point did the Roman See start self-identifying as the Catholic Church?

The Great (East-West) Schism was a massive trainwreck centuries in the making and centuries in its outworking. At what point in the process did the Roman see start identifying itself as the Catholic ...
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What is the Roman Catholic view on using the term 'orthodox', particularly in regard to Eastern Orthodoxy?

The terms orthodox and catholic have immense significance to those that seek to make exclusive truth claims about their particular Christian Tradition. Both Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox trace ...
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How do the Eastern Orthodox view using the term 'catholic', particularly in regard to Roman Catholicism?

The terms orthodox and catholic have immense significance to those that seek to make exclusive truth claims about their particular Christian Tradition. Both Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox trace ...
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Has the Roman Catholic Church ever officially condemned the Croatian Ustashi?

I understand the Ustashi (or Ustaše) to have been a fascist organization that dominated Croatia during World War II. This Wikipedia article reputes that Ustashi persecution of non-Croatians was so ...
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According to Orthodox trinitarianism, can the Father exist without the Son or Holy Spirit?

According to the answer at Is the Eastern Orthodox doctrine of "the Monarchy of the Father" consistent with the Athanasian creed?, the Revised Catechism says... 094 What difference is there between ...
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According to Orthodox Christianity, did God die on the cross at Calvary?

According to Orthodox Christianity Jesus was in his entire earthly life both God and man. I accept fully that Jesus the man indeed died on the cross, but did Jesus the God die also? Did, in effect, ...