From the book:
“Simple Preaching for a Simple Priest” (1986) by
excerpt translated from the
original Greek by Fr. Emanuel Hatzidakis, 1992.
Orthodoxy is the Christian Church just as it came out
of the hands of Christ and just as the holy Apostles
handed it down to us: undefiled, unadulterated,
Orthodoxy is the pure, Apostolic Christianity.
Orthodoxy is the Church of the Holy Fathers, who paid
homage to her, lifted her up, glorified her and
interpreted the holy Gospel correctly, clearly, with
the illumination of the holy Spirit.
Orthodoxy is the Church of the Ecumenical Councils,
which guard her and protect her from the falsity of
the heretics and their errors throughout the
centuries, till today.
Orthodoxy is the Church of the Martyrs, holy Ascetics,
Hermits, Hesychasts and Neptic Fathers; the Church of
the Confessors, Ecumenical Teachers and New-Martyrs;
the Church of the grace-flowing holy relics.
Orthodoxy is the Church of Byzantium (the Christian
Roman Empire, AD 330-1453), Byzantine Music, Byzantine
Icons, Byzantine Architecture.
Orthodoxy is the Church of the Holy Mysteries
(Sacraments); the Church of the mystical life in
Christ and of Theology, of the prayer of the heart and
of our union with God.
Orthodoxy is the Church of the Byzantine worship “in
spirit and in truth” and of the Byzantine Hymnology.
Orthodoxy is the Church of the Resurrection.
are invited! Get to know better, more deeply and more
clearly our faith; to study the enlightened writings
of the Holy Fathers, and especially to live
experientially the Theanthropic, ecclesiastical,
mystical, Orthodox life.
Phillip said to Nathaniel: “Come and see!” (John
invited: “Come and see” how man, body and soul, is
sanctified in the Spiritual and Christ-centered Body
of the Church.
invited: “Come and see” the Truth, the Light, the
Theology, the Vision of God, the Divine Liturgy, the
Mystical Life, the Dogma, the Grace, the Uncreated
Energy of the Holy Spirit. This is Orthodoxy.
invited: “Come and see” the incense, the beeswax, the
prosforo, the Feasts, the all-night vigils, the fasts,
the prostrations, the prayer of the heart, the
Byzantine Icons, the Byzantine music. This is