In life, many of us have struggled to live up to other people's expectations. How often in life do you worry that you are never going to be enough? I have often found myself thinking, when am I going to be enough? When am I going to meet the expectations as a husband, as a father, as a son, as a brother, as a friend, as a Soldier, as a priest, and as a disciple of Jesus? Read More

    Caress, Don't Scratch by Bishop Ike Eweama


    It’s 2016, and the most polarizing presidential election in recent history has been on the horizon in the United States. Acts of terror seem ever more prevalent around the globe. Illness, drought, and famine plague much of the world.

    In Caress, Don’t Scratch, Bishop Ike Eweama points to a major problem that parallels these global ills: a willful ignorance of our obligation as believers to love others—unconditionally.

    Conservative Christians often shun social justice out of a groundless fear of trespassing upon biblical truth or ceding liberties in service to the collective. However, in the same vein as Martin Luther King Jr.’s cry for love and racial harmony in his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, Bishop Eweama calls on humanity to step up as a group. He urges us—as individuals and as a society—to sow seeds of peace, not staunchly autonomous libertarianism.

    We don’t have the luxury of choosing how or whom—or even whether—to love. It’s the manner in which we make good on the debt we owe to one another, to our communities, to God, and to ourselves. Bishop Eweama urges that change starts within, and unconditional love begins with a caress, not a scratch.


    About Orthodoxy - Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America

    History and understanding the Orthodox faith and Life, In defense of faith, On Holy Scripture, On prayer and sacraments, On saints and their writings, and theology.


    Orthodox Christian Booklets

    A large collection of articles on Orthodox faith and Life, In defense of faith, On Holy Scripture, On prayer and sacraments, On saints and their writings, and theology. This collection is edited by Father Alexander.


    Saint Louis University Library - This is the most complete index of Orthodox material online.


    Holy Trinity Orthodox School Textbooks Online

    An incredible collection of online books of interest to those seriously studying the Orthodox faith.


    Dictionary of Orthodox Terms 

    Christian Classics Library

    A very large collection of Christian books


    On-Line Liturgical Resources

    Source for English texts of Liturgical materials


    Orthodox Christian Information Center 

    An Internet Voice for Traditional Orthodox Thought & Practice - a very interesting site with numerous resources linked.
    This site draws on materials written by a number of traditionalist Orthodox scholars. It is affiliated, however, with no jurisdiction or organization. Therefore, this center should in no way be confused with the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, even though many of their writings are hosted on this site.


    On Line Library of the Church of Greece


    The Orthodox Faith by Rev Thomas Hopko 

    The series The Orthodox Faith is intended to provide basic, comprehensive information on the faith and the life of the Orthodox Church for the average reader. An excellent resource. Comprehensive and easy to read and access.


    Library of Silouan

    A site of quality links to texts and quality articles Including the Protoevangelios of James which contains the story of the birth and life of Mary and the Harrowing of Hell which contains the story of Christ's descent into Hell. Select the Library link.


    Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies
    They develop, promote and publish research in the areas of biblical studies, homiletics and religious education in the Orthodox Christian Faith.


    The Divine Liturgies Music Project

    This webpage contains more than 1000 pages of Byzantine music, transcribed into Western notation according to the style of chanting used on the Holy Mountain.
    The scope of this project covers the liturgies of St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil the Great, St. James, and the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, as well as various doxologies. The words of the hymns are provided in Elizabethan English, Modern English, and Greek.


    OnLine Studies by Fr. Andrew J. Barakos

    Contains study guides form many aspects of Orthodox life including Bible studies, Lenten studies, Principles of Orthodoxy and others.


    Orthodox Christian Booklets Online 

    On Christian faith and life, on Holy Scriptures, on prayer and sacraments, on the life of saints, on theology, and selected writings from the holy fathers.


    ORTHODOX CATECHISM: Basic Teachings of the Orthodox Faith

    Basic Teachings of the Orthodox Faith, by Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios (The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto, Canada)


    An Online Orthodox Catechism
    adopted from ‘The Mystery of Faith’ by Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev



    Examined and Approved by the Most Holy Governing Synod, and Published for the Use of Schools, and of all Orthodox Christians, by Order of His Imperial Majesty. (Moscow, at the Synodical Press, 1830.)

    [The large Russian Catechism of Philaret, approved by the holy Synod (although omitted by Kimmel in his Collection, and barely mentioned by Gass in his Greek Symbolics), is now the most authoritative doctrinal standard of the orthodox Græco-Russian Church, and has practically superseded the older Catechism, or Orthodox Confession of Mogila. Originally composed in Slavono-Russian, it was by authority translated into several languages.


    History of the Orthodox Church
    Excerpts from book, The Orthodox Church by Bishop Kallistos Ware (pdf)


    Historical Timeline of the Orthodox Church


    A Timeline of Church History

    The following timeline and associated text provided further below is intended to provide the reader with a general and simplified overview of the development of the Christian Church.


    The Greek Bible - the original text as used by the Greeks


    Lexicon of Old/New Testament Greek and Old Testament Hebrew

    The Old/New Testament Greek lexicon is based on Thayer's and Smith's Bible Dictionary and is keyed to the 'Theological Dictionary of the New Testament.' RealAudio pronunciations of each word, with alternates, are available.  The Old Testament Hebrew lexicon is derived from the Brown, Driver, Briggs, Gesenius Lexicon and is keyed to the "Theological Word Book of the Old Testament." RealAudio pronunciations of each word, with alternates, are included.


    The Greek Word: Three Mellennia of Greek Literature


    Collection of Online Orthodox books Text books used in the Holy Trinity Orthodox School. There are books on Orthodoxy, Apologetics, Holy Scriptures, Dogmatic Theology, Liturgies, History, Patrology,Mora and pastoral theology, canon law, and monasticism.


    12 Byzantine Emperors

    The History of The Byzantine Empire by Lars Brownworth
    This history lecture podcast covers the little known Byzantine Empire through the study of twelve of its greatest rulers. Mr. Lars Brownworth presents this series for free through this website and the podcast section of the iTunes store.


    What is the Western-Rite - WR-ROCOR

    The Western-Rite of the Orthodox Church is a concerted effort by the Orthodox Church  to pastorally respond to the numerous requests of Western Christians to re-establish the Western Church as it existed prior to the Great Schism.



    Links relating to the Liturgy and Music of the Orthodox Church


    The Diaconate in Ignatious' Epistles by Anastasios D. Salapatas 


    Orthodox Outles for Dogmatic Enquiries 


    Numerous articles and books on line. Updated regularly