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Being Members of Christ’s Family

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“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (1) This is the core of an Orthodox understanding of a Christian Family. For all Christians were Orthodox before the separation caused by the actions of men. So too are all our children born Orthodox, separated only from the church by the inactions of men. The [...]

The Orthodox Understanding of Marriage

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Marriage is the sacrament unifying us through and with our Lord Jesus Christ as one body, as one flesh.(1) So there is not just two people coming together, but three. The Old Testament’s view of marriage between a man and woman was to procreate, a direct commandment from God, “Be fruitful and multiply.”(2) So the [...]

Notes on Orthodox Parenting

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The following are Notes based on a presentation Given by Fr. Athanasius Raheb on Parenting on Friday May 9, 2008 at the St. Marina Young Professionals Meeting. 2 Samuel 13 tells the story of Amnon, son of King David, who rapes his half-sister Tamar and is later killed by Tamar’s brother Absalom. Amnon was consumed by his lust [...]