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Why do many orthodox pastors grow long hair?

I've noticed that many of the orthodox pastors are with long hair. I believe it isn't just because but it has a religious background. What's the reason for that? Is it something wrong with short hair ...
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What is the meaning of the three letters in the halo of the Acheiropoieta?

In many renditions of the Acheiropoieta, three letters are present in the halo around Christ's face: omega, omicron, eta. (This is the usual clockwise, left-to-right order; but in other versions the ...
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How do Orthodox Christians celebrate Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday?

After checking the Orthodox Christianity and Easter tags (over 400 of them), I could find nothing specific on how Orthodox Christianity celebrates Easter Sunday, apart from the Paschal greeting What ...
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If Mary is sinless then how is Christ her victory?

Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox church believe in the sinlessness of Mary. Although their beliefs differ, they agree on the belief that "Mary was sinless." If Mary is sinless (i.e. the ...
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Is mindfulness meditation banned in Eastern Orthodoxy?

Is focusing on your breathing to meditate banned in the Orthodox church, in particular the Serbian Orthodox church? I know that it's not allowed to not focus on anything at all, because the devil will ...
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Are adult converts to Eastern Orthodoxy required to use their baptismal names outside of church?

There seems to be various opinions on this topic. Some say that it is absolutely necessary to completely adopt this new name while others say that it is recommended to use it outside of church but it ...
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How does the essence–energies distinction differ from the ontological/economic views of God?

Eastern Orthodoxy teaches the essence–energies distinction of God. Wikipedia quotes catholic-church.org's explanation: The Ultimate Reality and Meaning of the Palamite theology consists of the ...
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What are the core differences between Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christianity?

I read an answer here which explained the difference between the various branches of the Eastern Church. I was thinking as an extension, what is the difference between Eastern Christianity and ...
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Does the Russian Orthodox Church recognize Adolf Hitler as a Saint?

So, I recently found out about how the Main Cathedral of the Armed Forces in Russia maintains a section containing Adolf Hitler's hat and uniform as relics within a wing of its building. Since it's my ...
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Why do the Catholics and Orthodox keep relics and bone fragments? Isn't this disrespect for the body?

In Orthodoxy, cremation after death is not permitted. It is not preferred in Catholicism. This is because of the strong respect for the integrity of the body. Both traditions are also strongly pro-...
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In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, is it possible to laicize a bishop?

In the Roman Catholic Church, priests are sometimes laicized, either at their own request or as a punishment. It's unclear to me who exactly in the Roman Catholic has the power to laicize a priest, ...
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Was charging interest on loans ever forbidden to laymen in the Eastern Orthodox Church? If so, when was this promulgated and when was it revoked?

According to Wikipedia, the First Council of Nicaea (325AD) forbade clergy, but not laymen, from charging interest on loans. Wikipedia also states that "later ecumenical councils applied this ...
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Why does Infant Jesus wear a big crown in pictures? [closed]

In many images of Infant Jesus, (for example Infant Jesus of Prague,) he is shown as wearing a huge crown which looks larger-than-life in size. Is there any historical reason for the same? What does ...
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Who are the people depicted in Dionisius' famous icon of Christ's descent into hell?

The renowned Russian Orthodox icon painter Dionisius produced a famous, and exquisitely beautiful, depiction of Christ's descent into hell. However, I'm having trouble identifying most of the figures ...
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Eating eggs and cheese to refute heresy?

I recently finished the wonderful book 'Elder Zosima: the Hesychast of Siberia'. In it, Elder Basil becomes excessively zealous at one point and decides to fast from eggs and dairy permanently rather ...
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How did Eastern Orthodoxy view mental illness before modern times?

In Eastern-Orthodoxy, in the medieval times like the Byzantine Empire, Russian Empire. etc. How did the Church and the priest saw people who today we know suffer from mental illness like bipolar, ...
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How much of the deuterocanonical books are true?

I found this book on Christian Doctrine in my class (I go to a private Christian school) and you could clearly tell it was of protestant bias. It stated that the deuterocanonical books contradict what ...
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What is the Eastern Orthodox view on Protestants and Catholics

I am sure this question has been asked before but because I can't find a question similar, I am going to ask it. If there is, please link it and close the question. I recently left the Methodist ...
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What does Eastern Orthodox Christians mean that the Father alone is the one God?

What does Eastern Orthodox Christians mean that the Father is the one God? I understand that Eastern Orthodox Trinitarianism differs from Unitarianism in that the former teaches three divine persons ...
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How do Orthodox Christians explain that the Father and the Son are not two different Gods?

How do Orthodox Christians explain that the Father and the Son are not two different Gods? Orthodox Christians had a different version of the Trinity in that for them the one God is the Father as ...
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Finding Ancient/Byzantine Greek texts used by choirs from Mount Athos

Recently I came across some recordings of choirs from different monasteries in Mountain Athos (e.g. Vigil of the Holy Cross or just collections of chants from Vatopedi monastery). Where could I find ...
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Roughly how many churches were built in each century?

Christians build churches - it's what we do. Are there any estimates of how many physical church buildings Christians have built over the centuries, broken down by century? Suitable proxies: number ...
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Is Christ androgynous? [closed]

What are the stances, if any, of the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Church on whether Christ was androgynous?
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How have Eastern liturgies changed in the past century?

In the Latin Church, the Liturgical Movement and the Second Vatican Council resulted in broad liturgical changes. To what extent has liturgy changed in the Eastern churches during the past 50 to 100 ...
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Is it really true that Orthodox Prosphora (unconsecrated, of course) can not be sold or bought?

I like to buy and eat protestant/catholic altar bread sometimes. It is those small, round-shaped hosts of unleavened wheat bread, they are sold in our local protestant book-shop in package of 100 ...
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According to Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy are there any doctrinal barriers to Christians sharing places of worship with non-Christians?

Hagia Sophia was originally the seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople, then the chief mosque of the Ottoman Empire, then a museum. A few days ago, it reverted to being a mosque once more. Numerous ...
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Was Leo Tolstoy a heretic? [closed]

Leo Tolstoy, author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, wrote his own version of the Christian Gospels.[1] He called it The Gospel in Brief. In it, he mixed many beliefs of the different disciples. In ...
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In 1943, the Russian Orthodox Church permitted the women's name Svetlana. Was it made specifically for Stalin's daughter?

Russian Wikipedia says the name "Svetlana" was invented in 19th century by a poet Alexander Vostokov. But some people also pointed out that Svetlana is Russian equivalent of Photini, the Samaritan ...
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What does it mean that the Believers Eastern Church (in Asia) is an “Ancient-Future Church”?

Recently I was asked a question about the Believers Eastern Church and have been doing some research to find out what they believe. Here is part of what I discovered: The founder and current ...
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How can Orthodox have saints, if they are heretic? (or vise versa)

I'm a catholic, so from a Catholic point of view how can orthodox have saints if they follow a heresy? And from the orthodox point of view, the opposite is true. If neither party can verify the ...
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The celebrant’s position and proximity to the participants

We know that the apostles were present in a face to face relation to Jesus at the Lord's Supper. When did the celebrants of the later Eucharist turn their backs on the participants, and why? Also ...
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What is the biblical basis for the assignment of patron saints?

Within Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy specifically (there may be more) there are many patron saints. Is there any biblical basis that exists for the assignment of a patron saint?
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Was there ever an Anabaptist movement in the Eastern Orthodox Church?

Since the original Great Schism, the Orthodox church has seemed pretty unified (at least compared to the Catholic Church). During the radical reformation, Anabaptists were persecuted throughout ...
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Do Catholics consider Catholic Church as a heresy of the Orthodox church?

A succession of ecclesiastical differences and theological disputes between the Greek Eastern Church and Latin West Church pre-dated the formal rupture that occurred in 1054. Prominent among these ...
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If both the Orthodox and Catholic Church affirm salvation by grace through faith, why did the Protestant Reformation happen?

I will often engage in dialogue with Catholics and Orthodox Christians who tell me that the doctrine of their churches affirms that salvation is by grace through faith. If that is true, then what ...
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Where is the text of Pope Pius IX, “To the Easterners”?

I have seen Wikipedia discussion of Pope Pius IX's 1848 Epistle to the Easterners, and while the discussion mentions a now removed link to catholicencyclicals.net which apparently was a resource on ...
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What biblical canon do Eastern Catholic Churches use? [duplicate]

The Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church use slightly different biblical canons: Books of the Bible (Wikipedia). Notably, the Orthodox Church uses 3 Maccabees and 4 Maccabees while the ...
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Was Eastern-Orthodox liturgical music influenced by Islam?

If you ever went to an Eastern-Orthodox service, well... their music sounds like Islam to me. It's very different from Western Christian music that is typically accompanied by an organ (even known ...
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Who was Saint Raynerius of Beaulieu?

I came accross a website about Saint Raynerius of Beaulieu. Every source I can find tells me that his feast day is on Feb 22, and that he died in 967 AD. I want to find more information, but have no ...
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What were the common exonyms of the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox churches leading up to and after the Great Schism (1054)?

A common misconception I encounter among people interested in the history of Christianity is that the term "Catholic" refers solely to the Roman Catholic church and likewise "Orthodox" only to the ...
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Do Roman Catholics regard Orthodox sacraments as valid and/or licit?

In the comments below an earlier question of mine the following question arose: The Roman Catholic Church describes the administration of sacraments as valid or invalid respectively licit or illicit. ...
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How can we be sure our specific Christian confession is true, when every other Christian group claims that it's not? [closed]

I'm a recent convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, but I've started to doubt the faith recently, and I’m really desperate for help. The doubt I have is really one I've had since the beginning of ...
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What is the Biblical Basis of Eastern Orthodox Christians that the Holy Spirit proceeded from the Father alone?

Filioque is a Latin word meaning "and the Son" which was added to the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. This inclusion in the Creedal article regarding the Holy Spirit thus states that the Spirit "...
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Baptismal names in the Greek Orthodox Church!

Where can I find an EXHAUSTIVE list of baptismal names in the Greek Orthodox Church; i.e an EXHAUSTIVE list of Names that have been given to a person (the frequency; i.e the number of people given ...
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What’s the Eastern Orthodox belief on the Lake of Fire?

How does Eastern Orthodox view the lake of fire and “eternal judgment“ (hebrew 6:2)?
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Are devotional materials in Slavic-speaking Orthodox countries typically translated today?

When rereading the Russian classic The Way of the Pilgrim, I was somewhat surprised to come across a passage which implied that a pocket copy of the Gospels intended for personal devotional reading ...
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Explanation of Russian assorted saints and festivities icon “Plenka”

Monastery/production company Sofrino supplies icon "Plenka" of assorted saints and festivities: ИКОНА НА ДЕРЕВЯННОМ ПЛАНШЕТЕ 18Х24 ПЛЕНКА I have bought one in almost A4 format but still the writing ...
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Are there any Saints that have miraculously overcome death (should have died, but did not)?

Are there any saints that should have died but didn't, not like they dodged a moving train, but rather something like were stabbed in the heart but didn't bleed, or something. And when they did die, ...
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Why does the Fifth Ode (Prayer of Isaiah) begin at verse 9 and end at verse 20?

Ode 5 in the LXX Book of Odes, and in the canon at Byzantine Orthros/Matins, starts at Isaiah 26:9. Why does it skip the first nine verses which open with the introduction making it clear the whole ...
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Aside from St. Vincent Ferrer, are there any other saints said to have had the “gift of tongues”?

What I am not asking about: Glossolalia, as practiced by Charismatics in the modern day. What I am asking about: St. Vincent Ferrer was born in Spain and travelled as far north as Germany and ...

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