Why do Orthodox Christians Participate in “Pagan” Activities?

We have some Jehovah’s Witnesses that come by the rectory pretty regularly (you have to admire their persistent optimism!). Theologically, Jehovah’s Witnesses are latter-day followers of the heretic Arius: they do not believe that Jesus Christ is the uncreated, only-begotten Son of God, One of the Holy Trinity. But that is not the point for […]

Life on the Old Calendar

Introduction: Christmas on 12/25 or 1/7? While the majority of Orthodox Christians in the world use the Julian (aka “Old”) Calendar for liturgical purposes, the majority of Orthodox Christians here in the West join our heterodox and secular neighbors on the “New Calendar”, which is 13 days ahead.* However, a minority of Orthodox dioceses in […]